Parishioners told to end vigil at Scituate church by March 9 - Patriot Ledger 2/9/15

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Vatican Apostolic Signatura
Ruling

All Boston appeals have been rejected by the Apostolic Signatura.
The community of St. Frances is not surprised by this ruling and is pursuing other avenues of recourse.
Boston Council of Parishes Statement, 5/17/2010

St. Frances X. Cabrini
 

Above: The St. Frances Parish Center, located behind the church, has been locked since 2004. The parishioners have not had access to it since then.

 

Media and Press Coverage

This is a small sampling of the massive coverage we have garnered over our church closing.

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2/9/15
Parishioners told to end vigil at Scituate church by March 9
Patriot Ledger
10/27/14
Keeping the Faith in Scituate
Patriot Ledger
10/26/14
Friends of St. Frances mark 10 years of vigil in Scituate church
Boston Globe
10/26/14
St. Frances X. Cabrini Parishioners Keep Vigil, 10 Years Later
CBS Boston/WBZ-TV
8/6/14
10-year fight over waterfront church pits Boston Archdiocese against parishioners
FOX News
8/4/14
Scituate parishioners to continue fight against sale of church
Patriot Ledger
8/3/14
Scituate parishioners vow to fight to save church
Boston Globe
8/3/14
Scituate church occupiers demand accounting, vow to stay
Boston Herald
8/3/14
Parishioners still hope to keep church despite order to vacate
Fox
8/3/14
Parishioners Refuse To Allow Scituate Church To Close
CBS Channel 4 News
8/1/14
Cardinal O’Malley calls on Scituate parishioners to end 10-year vigil
Boston Globe
8/1/14
Cardinal pleads to parishioners to end vigil
Boston Herald
6/24/14
Vatican denies Boston parishioners' final appeal to keep churches open
National Catholic Reporter 
6/22/14
Scituate parishioners vow to continue fight
The Boston Globe 
6/22/14
Protest group loses bid to keep church in Scituate open
The Boston Globe 
6/22/14
Parishes lose Vatican appeals to reopen
Boston Herald 
6/22/14
Parishioners fight to keep churches from being sold
FOX 
4/20/14
This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church
KQED 
7/27/13
Church can’t be bought for love or money
Globe
7/25/13
St. Frances: What does the future hold?
Scituate Mariner
2/18/13
Boston church parishioners continue 8-year sit in
CBS
2/14/13
The Original Occupy Movement: Vigil at St.Frances X Cabrini
WGBH
11/26/12
On a Wing and a Prayer
Boston Herald
10/30/12
St. Frances in Scituate weathers the storm
Boston Globe
10/26/12
Test of faith endures in Scituate
Patriot Ledger
10/20/12
At St. Frances Cabrini in Scituate, vigil hits 8 years
Boston Globe
5/23/12
Despite Parishioners' Protests, the Vatican Says Church Closures are Valid
WGBH
5/16/12
Despite Vatican Ruling, St. Frances Parishioners Stand Ground
Patriot Ledger
5/16/12
Parishioners Lose Appeal
Scituate Mariner
5/14/12
Vatican Denies Appeal, Parishioners Outraged
WATD
12/4/11
The Rule of Cardinal Law
The Callie Crossley Show
12/2/11
Archdiocese Turns to Evangelizing
Wall Street Journal
12/1/11
Critics Fear New Plan Will Close Churches
Boston Herald
11/20/11
Archdiocese attorney says vigil at closed Scituate church warrants tax relief
Patriot Ledger
9/22/11
Boston archdiocese calls on critics in tax dispute with Scituate
Patriot Ledger
8/16/11
Archdiocese Looks to Sell Former Rectory of Scituate Church
Patriot Ledger
7/18/11
Church sale an affront to faithful
Boston Herald
7/18/11
Boston Archdiocese Prepares For Sale Of Six Area Churches, Parishioners Prepare For New Appeal To The Pope
WGBH
7/18/11
Church Fights Back Against Closure Plan
WBUR
7/18/11
Globe: Unwilling to Give Up Their Vigil
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7/14/11
Archdiocese of Boston's next move
St. Frances defers to Rome for ruling
Press Release
7/14/11
Cardinal Sean O'Malley to sell 6 MA churches
Associated Press
7/14/11
The Boston Archdiocese plans to sell 6 local parishes
WGBH
7/14/2011
Cardinal O'Malley allows Archdiocese to sell six churches
CBS Boston
7/14/2011
6 shut churches may be sold
Boston.com
7/14/2011
Faithful vow to protect churches
Boston Herald
6/26/11
Vatican Document on the Reorganization of U.S. Dioceses
read the document
6/14/11
Msgr. Deeley named vicar general, moderator of the curia
The Boston Pilot
6/3/11
Boston Archdiocese considers major reshuffling of parishes
The Patriot Ledger
4/25/11
For closed parishes, a day of solidarity
Boston.com
4/23/11
Scituate claims win against Archdiocese to tax the closed Cabrini church
Patriot Ledger
4/19/11
Inviting Catholics to Come Home
WGBH: The Callie Crossley Show
3/8/11
Parishioners buoyed by Vatican intervention
CBS
3/5/11
Several Catholic Churches may reopen
MSNBC
2/18/11
Archdiocese Launches Public Consultative Survey
The Boston Globe
2/16/11
Scituate parishioners hopeful Vatican will reopen church
CBS news segment
2/16/11
Vatican halts closing of three Massachusetts parishes
The Boston Globe
2/3/11
Diocese takes steps to retool parishes
Goal is mergers, not closings
The Boston Globe
1/20/11
Garabedian on culture of secrecy in Catholic Church
NECN
1/5/11
Another church vigil – Archdiocese of Camden, NJ.
Philadelphia Inquirer
1/5/11
(Clarification – the Extraordinary Appeal was not denied. At this time the Pope has opted not to review it.)
Huffington Post
11/3/2010
Scituate: St. Frances Cabrini marks 6th year in vigil
95.9 FM WATD
10/27/2010
Marking a milestone at St. Frances
Wicked Local/Scituate
10/25/2010
Church vigil reaches 6 years
The Patriot Ledger
10/20/2010
Shuttered Bay State churches make appeal directly to pope
Associated Press via The Boston Herald
10/19/2010
Closed Mass. churches appeal directly to pope
7 News WHDH
9/19/2010
Vigils' days numbered, parishioners' hope fades
The Boston Globe
9/9/2010
Vicar General Letter to Bloggers
Boston Catholic Insider blog
6/14/2010
Church vigils The Vatican has recently rejected the appeals of ten churches closed by the Boston Archdiocese. Five parishes have been occupied by protesters around the clock since 2004. Parishioners in several of these parishes have maintained around the clock vigils. Some have vowed to continue their fight.
WGBH Greater Boston
5/24/2010
It's Not Over...and Why We're Still Here
The Friends of St. Frances X. Cabrini
5/18/2010
Church Vigils Continue Despite Rejected Closure Appeals
WBUR.org
5/17/2010
Braude Beat: Vatican rulings
NECN
5/17/2010
Vatican rejects appeal to keep Mass. parishes open
NH.com
5/17/2010
Vatican rejects appeal to keep Mass. parishes open
MSNBC- WHDH
5/8/2010
St. Frances parishioners await Vatican decision on appeal of church closing
The Patriot Ledger
4/27/2010
O'Mahoney's World editorial cartoon
The Patriot Ledger
4/23/2010
Scituate claims win against Archdiocese to tax the closed Cabrini church
The Patriot Ledger
4/22/2010
SCITUATE EDITORIAL: It’s time to reopen
The Scituate Mariner
4/21/2010
Fight at St. Frances goes on
The Scituate Mariner
2/18/2010
The Callie Crossley show
Instructions: Click on the white triangle in the center of the image of Callie. Then scroll on the bottom black time bar to the 15:08 time mark to start our segment.
WGBH
12/25/09
Parishioners of Scituate, Mass. church hold Mass without priest
For the sixth straight year, there was no priest leading the Christmas Day Mass at Saint Frances Church...
NECN
11/1/09
They’ve seen the future, and it is lay
Maryellen and Jon Rogers think they’ve seen the future of the Catholic Church: lay-led parishes. That is, parishes run by parishioners - except for the sacraments, which would still be led by a priest, of course.
The Boston Globe
10/25/09
PHOTO GALLERY: Parishioners celebrate battle to save closed Scituate church
Parishioners at a service Sunday commemorating the fifth anniversary of the vigil that is keeping St. Frances Cabrini Church in Scituate open.
The Patriot Ledger
Video gallery
The Patriot Ledger
10/23/09
St. Frances in Scituate marks 5-year vigil
On each wall at the front of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church, eye-catching and complex quilts hang near pews, pedestals, and stained glass windows.
Each quilt tells the story of the Boston Archdiocese’s closing of churches five years ago, and the 24-hour vigils held by the people who are still fighting to keep their houses of worship open.

The Patriot Ledger
10/1/09
A win for Scituate in town’s battle with archdiocese
Judge: Property must be put to a religious use for exemption to continue
The Patriot Ledger
8/30/09
W-B group considers a vigil to save church
Times Leader
5/12/09
A Revolution of Faith
The Today Show MSNBC
4/12/09
Lay-led Easter service at St. Frances Cabrini
New England Cable News
3/29/09
Church Vigils
FOX25 News
3/11/09
Massachusetts Church Fights For Survival.
National Public Radio
3/6/09
Mass. Catholics occupying imperiled churches 24-7.
Associated Press
1/26/09
Church Squatters Protest Archdiocese.
ABC News video
1/26/09
Act of Faith: Church Congregants Hold Vigil. ABC News
1/25/09
On a Mission From God. CBS News video
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1/6/09
In Quiet Rebellion, Parishioners Keep Faith. The New York Times
 
1/6/09
A 24/7 Faith. The New York Times
11/2/08
4 years in vigil, parishioners hold strong. The Boston Globe
10/27/08
Boston parishioners hold 4-year vigil. New Orleans Times-Picayune
10/24/08
Parishioners: Closures needn’t signal death of a church. The Patriot Ledger
10/23/08
A JOURNEY OF FAITH AND JUSTICE; 4 YEARS, 40 YEARS or FOREVER. The Faith Community of St. Frances X. Cabrini Remains Committed. The Friends of St. Frances X. Cabrini
8/22/08
St. Frances vigilers look back on 1,396 days: In almost 4 years, they’ve become experts at running a parish. The Patriot Ledger
8/20/08
St. Frances fundraiser is Aug. 22. The Scituate Mariner
7/11/08
Judge issues split decision in tax dispute over Scituate church. The Patriot Ledger
6/18/08
Vatican tribunal denies St. Frances appeal. The Patriot Ledger
6/11/08
Vatican tribunal hands loss to 8 local groups on closings. The Boston Globe
Vatican court denies appeal for eight closed Boston Churches. The Patriot Ledger
5/12/08
I-Team: Priests Accused Of Abuse Living Among Us. WBZ
5/7/08
Reorganization threatens to shutter New Orleans parish. USA Today
4/14/08
Time Magazine Quotes of the Day
The Future of Faith. WBUR
Opponents of parish closings see opportunity. The Boston Globe
Uncertain Church Awaits Pope in U.S. The New York Times
4/13/08
Parishioners Call On Pope To Address Church Closings - article and video. WCVBTV
Dismayed devotees hope Benedict listens to them. The Boston Herald
4/12/08
Documentary: AMERICAN CATHOLICS CRACK OWN CHURCH. NOVA Dutch TV
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Announcing the Formation of the Coalition of Parishes. Voice from the Desert
4/3/08
Bishop announces massive Diocese shakeup. Courier Post
3/5/08
St. Frances parishioners vow to fight on. The Scituate Mariner
3/3/08
She's a rebel with a cause. The Boston Globe
2/28/08
Parishioners of St. Frances Cabrini seek control of church property. The Patriot Ledger
2/27/08
Vatican ruling bad news for parish-closing opponents. The Boston Globe

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12/24/07
Closed churches denied priests for Christmas services. The Patriot Ledger
12/23/07
O father, where art thou?. The Boston Herald
11/4/07
A journey of faith and resolve. The Boston Globe
Archdiocese challenges tax bill for vigil church. The Boston Herald
11/1/07
Editorial -- Fish, or fowl? The Scituate Mariner
10/31/07
Archdiocese sues town over property tax assessments. The Scituate Mariner
10/26/07
Three Years in Vigil for the Parishioners of St. Frances X. Cabrini. Read release
7/24/07
Closed church sees 1,000th day of vigil. Metro Boston
7/23/07
1,000 days: A milestone for church vigil. The Patriot Ledger
Churches mark 1,000 days in vigil. The Boston Globe
7/22/07
Almighty effort: Scituate parishioners mark 1,000 days in vigil at closed church. The Boston Herald
7/21/07
Vigil Enters 1,000th Day. Keeping the faith at St. Frances. The Patriot Ledger
7/19/07
St. Frances Vigilers Near Milestone. The Scituate Mariner
4/12/07
Vigil goes on at St. Frances. The Scituate Mariner
Editorial -- Open the doors. The Scituate Mariner
4/9/07
Ledger Update: Easter service at closed church. The Patriot Ledger
4/8/07
Video: Despite Closing 2 years ago, St. Frances faithful push on. WBZ-TV
After Closing 2 Years Ago, Local Church Pushes On. WBZ
Video: Parishioners gather at closed church for Easter. Channel 4 WBZTV
4/2007
Video: Parishioners gather at closed church for Easter. NECN
2/22/07
Faith, love and sense of duty sustain parish. The Boston Herald

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12/15/06
Cardinal rejects request for priest. The Patriot Ledger
11/9/06
Letter: She is devoted to St. Frances. The Boston Globe
10/29/06
Their Faith Holds Fast. The Boston Globe
10/20/06
Keeping the Faith: St. Frances Cabrini parishioners persevere in vigil to resurrect church. The Patriot Ledger
6/17/06
New hope for Scituate church: St. Frances parishioners celebrate, but archdiocese says tribunal ruling changes nothing. The Patriot Ledger
4/17/06
Minus priests, parishioners lead services at 3 occupied churches. The Boston Globe
4/16/06
Keeping the faith, doggedly. The Patriot Ledger
4/5/06
Church makes pitch for tax relief. The Patriot Ledger
2/23/06
Church making another appeal. The Scituate Mariner
2/23/06
Hope Resurrected: Scholars, local Catholics want O’Malley to plow his own furrow. The Patriot Ledger
1/19/06
Vatican ruling won’t deter vigil holders. The Scituate Mariner

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11/30/05
Meeting with archbishop fosters hope in Scituate. The Patriot Ledger
11/23/05
St. Frances faithful to meet with Archbishop. The Scituate Mariner
10/23/05
A Vigil of Hope Endures. The Boston Globe
10/18/05
They're in it for the long haul. The Patriot Ledger
9/22/05
A Vigil of Hope Endures. The Boston Globe
New hope for parishioners: ruling expected. The Scituate Mariner
9/15/05
A Vigil of Hope Endures. The Boston Globe
St. Frances faithful heading to court. The Scituate Mariner
8/26/05
A Vigil of Hope Endures. The Boston Globe
Digging in To Stay and Pray. National Catholic Reporter
A Vigil of Hope Endures. The Boston Globe
Editorial: The courage to buck the culture. National Catholic Reporter
7/29/05
A Vigil of Hope Endures. The Boston Globe
Scituate levies tax on disputed church The Boston Globe
7/21/05
A Vigil of Hope Endures. The Boston Globe
St. Frances parishioners file suit The Scituate Mariner
7/15/05
A Vigil of Hope Endures. The Boston Globe
Scituate selectmen consider taxing church's closed property. The Scituate Mariner
7/10/05
Outrage helps sustain vigil. The Boston Globe
4/28/05
St. Frances Parishioners to file suit against Archdiocese. The Scituate Mariner
4/1/05
At St. Frances, tears and anger. The Boston Globe
1/20/05
Parishioners plead for their church as Archbishop O'Malley visits. Scituate Mariner

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12/23/04
St. Frances denied Christmas Mass: Parishioners continue sit-in. The Scituate Mariner
12/2004
Letter to Vigil Parishes. Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church
10/26/04
3 start sit-in at St. Frances Cabrini. The Patriot Ledger
5/31/04
Feelings of Anger, Sadness over Church Closings Linger. The Patriot Ledger
Parishioners Rise Up FutureChurch.com

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7/15/07
Church faces clergy crunch: Committee: Archdiocese must make sweeping changes. The Boston Herald
Church faces clergy crunch: Committee: Archdiocese must make sweeping changes. The Boston Herald
Archdiocese facing priest shortage: Committee urges staffing changes. The Boston Globe
10/25/06
Church faces clergy crunch: Committee: Archdiocese must make sweeping changes. The Boston Herald
Video: American churches being sold. Telefrance
4/20/06
Church faces clergy crunch: Committee: Archdiocese must make sweeping changes. The Boston Herald
Boston Archdiocese Opens Financial Records. The New York Times
3/21/06
Church faces clergy crunch: Committee: Archdiocese must make sweeping changes. The Boston Herald
Bulldozing Churches for Mini-Malls. Castle Coalition
8/26/05
Church faces clergy crunch: Committee: Archdiocese must make sweeping changes. The Boston Herald
Vatican Questions Boston Over Assets. National Catholic Reporter
6/11/05
Church faces clergy crunch: Committee: Archdiocese must make sweeping changes. The Boston Herald
Closed Parishes Cite Washington Ownership Case. The Boston Globe
Church faces clergy crunch: Committee: Archdiocese must make sweeping changes. The Boston Herald
Parishes to be Closed/Merged. Archdiocese of Boston
Church faces clergy crunch: Committee: Archdiocese must make sweeping changes. The Boston Herald
Archdiocese Receives Word from Vatican on Appeals. Archdiocese of Boston


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vigilers and parishioners

Above: Parishioners and vigilers Erin and Pat.


Our vigil ended
May 30, 2016
after
11 years
7 months
5 days

‘‘Personally, I would not trade in one of 1,440,000
minutes.’’

- Maryellen Rogers, quoted in
The Patriot Ledger, 7/21/07