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POPE NAMES NEWARK AUXILIARY BISHOP TO LEAD FALL RIVER DIOCESE

Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Edgar Moreira da Cunha, S.D.V., (at right)currently an Auxiliary Bishop of the Newark, N.J. Archdiocese, to become the Eighth Bishop of the Fall River Diocese. He succeeds the Most Reverend George W. Coleman who, in accordance with Church Law, submitted his letter of resignation upon turning 75 years of age on February 1, 2014.

The acceptance of his resignation and the appointment of Bishop da Cunha were announced July 3, 2014 in Washington, D. C. by the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo M. Vigano. Bishop da Cunha, 60, will be installed as Bishop of Fall River in the context of a Mass to be celebrated on September 24, at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in Fall River. Details of his installation will be announced in forthcoming weeks.


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PARISHES TO TAKE UP PETER'S PENCE COLLECTION AUGUST 2-3


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ROLE OF FAITH IN THE LIFE OF SARGENT SHRIVER TO BE FOCUS OF TALK ON CAPE

Sharing the lessons he learned in writing the best-selling, "A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver," son Mark R. Shriver (at right) will explore the source of his father's joy -his faith- and how it sustained him through his life. Presentation will conclude the 2014 Summer Catholic Reflection Series in Mashpee.


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CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL RAISES $4.2 MILLION

Faithful Catholics across the Fall River Diocese heeded the theme of this year’s Catholic Charities Appeal to “Find the Face of Christ in Your Neighbor” and responded to the 73rd annual diocesan fund-raising campaign with love, generosity and compassion.

The 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal raised $4,207,920.45. The results confirm the spirit of shared purpose that defines the work of a community of believers.

Proceeds from the Appeal, which ran from May 1 to June 24, provide the financial support for the many ministries and programs sponsored by the Fall River Diocese in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands.


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FROM THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

THE PLIGHT OF UNACCOMPANIED CHILD REFUGEES:
Learn how the Church is helping the record number of children from Central America migrating to the U.S.


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MORE ON THE APPOINTMENT OF BISHOP DA CUNHA

Bishop Coleman Welcomes His Successor
Opening Remarks of Bishop da Cunha at News Conference
Statement of Newark Archbishop John J. Myers
Statement of Newark Coadjutor Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda
Photo of Bishop da Cunha


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WATCH VIDEO FROM BISHOP DA CUNHA'S INTRODUCTORY NEWS CONFERENCE

Bishop Coleman's welcome and Bishop da Cunha's opening remarks are featured on the The Anchor website.


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RETIREMENTS OF THREE PRIESTS, NEW ASSIGNMENTS FOR OTHERS ANNOUNCED

Bishop George W. Coleman has announced the retirement of three priests of the Fall River Diocese and new assignments for several other priests. The Bishop has accepted the request to retire of the Rev. Thomas L. Rita, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish, Seekonk, and the Rev. Horace J. Travassos, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Westport, both of which become effective June 25, 2014, and also the retirement of Rev. James Ferry, Pastor of Espirito Santo Parish, Fall River, effective July 1, 2014. All three have ministered as priests in the diocese for decades, Father Rita for 44 years; Father Travassos, 41 years; and Father Ferry, 30 years.


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DEACON PESCHEL TO BE ORDAINED A PRIEST FOR DIOCESE ON SATURDAY

Transitional Deacon Christopher Peschel will be ordained a priest for the Diocese by Bishop George W. Coleman in an 11 a.m. Mass on Saturday, June 7, in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River. On Sunday, June 8, he will celebrate his first Mass at 1 p.m. at his home parish of Annunciation of the Lord in Taunton. Deacon Peschel, who is 26, has been preparing for the priesthood since 2007 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Pa., just outside Philadelphia, and at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, and through various parish assignments during breaks from seminary studies.


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BISHOPS' ISSUE STATEMENT ON PROPOSED FIREARM LEGISLATION: Visit the News & Statements section on the Massachusetts Catholic Conference website.

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BISHOP FEEHAN ANNOUNCES NEW PRINCIPAL

Bishop Feehan High School President Christopher E. Servant is pleased to announce that Mr. Sean Kane (photo, right) has been named Principal of the school, effective July 1. Kane replaces Dr. George Milot who is retiring in June. Kane is presently serving as Assistant Principal of Norwood High School in Norwood, Mass.


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WATCH THE TV MASS ONLINE

The Television Mass airing each Sunday at 11 a.m. on WLNE-TV, channel 6, is now available online! For 50 years, the Fall River Diocese has sponsored this Mass for those unable to attend a parish Mass because of age or infirmity.


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