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The newest book in the C21 Book Series, Two Centuries of Faith: The Influence of Catholicism on Boston: 1808-2008, traces the history of the Archdiocese of Boston from its official beginnings in 1808 to the present day through the eyes of historians, scholars, clergy and parishioners. Its chapters explore subjects such as the intersection of politics and the Church in Massachusetts; Catholic schools; charitable works of the Church in Boston; the changing nature of parish life and the influence and changing role of women in the archdiocese.
"We have this opportunity to be here and acknowledge 200 years of the Archdiocese of Boston, and all the good things that have gone on; all of the ways in which this community – this whole region – has been blessed by the activities of the Archdiocese, its leaders, its parishioners," said University President William P. Leahy, S.J. "Thanks to the efforts of Tom O’Connor and his fellow authors, we have a magnificent volume that I have the honor of presenting to Cardinal Sean," Fr. Leahy said.
"Our history as an Archdiocese has been like a long rosary," said Cardinal O'Malley, as he accepted a leather-bound copy of the newly-published volume, which was edited by BC Historian Thomas O'Connor. "We have our Joyful Mysteries and our Sorrowful Mysteries."
"But today as we look back over 200 years, our hearts are filled with gratitude for all of the past and also for the great hope for the future in the great mission that the Lord has entrusted to us," Cardinal O’Malley continued.
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