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Boston Pastoral Centre’s grand opening

Kieran and Kevin O'Sullivan welcoming the large crowd at the IPC's new home, along with (l-r) Dorothy McCormack, Nuala Conroy and Dearbhla Maloney. Photo by Molly Smith.

 

By Jim Smith

BOSTON --- A huge crowd turned out for the recent official opening of the new home for Boston's Irish Pastoral Centre in Dorchester's Adams Village.

Among those in attendance at the event were Cardinal Sean O'Malley and Laoise Moore, the Irish Consul General for New England.

Moore assumed her role in May of this year after serving at the Department of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Dublin where she focused on EU foreign policy.

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Moore told the Echo that she and her family love Boston and are enjoying visiting historic sites and meeting a lot of wonderful people. Moore and her team serves Irish citizens in the region and promote Irish culture, heritage, and interests.

Peggy Davis-Mullen, the pastoral center’s executive director, is especially pleased with the new spacious home because it affords her staff the opportunity to provide a wide range of services, whether spiritual, social, recreational, therapeutic, legal or educational.

Her program director, Veronica Keys, for example, is now able to offer supportive counseling to victims of violence and family dysfunction in an atmosphere of dignity and privacy.

One of the prime movers behind the center is Father Dan Finn, who continues to do extraordinary outreach work in the community and in prisons, this in keeping with the center’s mission of caring about "the strangers among us."

Another advantage of the new site is its location in a popular and busy area of Adams Village, adjacent to the Greenhill's Irish Bakery, the Irish Butcher Shop, and the Eire Pub.

Whether looking for some companionship, a fitness class, therapy, or good conversation, the new Irish Pastoral Centre has it all.