Olivia Colombo

 

Campus News Editor

 

Olivia is a writer and photographer.  She is a freshman studying Theology and Environmental Geoscience, hoping to go into a humanitarian or missionary career. She is unashamedly passionate about Christian music, blogging, youth ministry, Haiti, all things charismatic, and the Oxford comma. 

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22

Apr

2019

Boston Cathedral, A “Treasure” Built by Immigrants, Reopens to Public

Séan Cardinal O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., preaches in the newly renovated Cathedral on Tuesday of Holy Week. (OLIVIA COLOMBO | THE TORCH)
Séan Cardinal O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., preaches in the newly renovated Cathedral on Tuesday of Holy Week. (OLIVIA COLOMBO | THE TORCH)

by Olivia Colombo

 

On April 11, for Palm Sunday Mass, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston opened to the public for the first time after two years of renovation. The site is the seat of the cardinal archbishop of Boston and the largest cathedral in New England, and has undergone major upgrades, most notably to the flooring, pews, and sanctuary. With a budget of $26 million provided by private philanthropy, the renovation benefits not only the worship space for the “mother church” of Boston, but also its many ministries, which aid the homeless, hungry, and sick in the area. 

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Wed

27

Mar

2019

The Mystery of the Catholic Chapel Veil

Photo courtesy of Olivia Colombo
Photo courtesy of Olivia Colombo

by Olivia Colombo

 

It is easy to picture Our Lady or any religious sister wearing a veil on her head, but much less often do we picture laywomen of the Catholic Church veiling. The practice of Catholic veiling is one that has faded from our culture in many settings, but the tradition and mystery surrounding the veil is ever present in the witness of women who continue this practice. 

 

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Wed

27

Mar

2019

Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, Sparks Conversation at BC

Photo: Olivia Colombo / The Torch
Photo: Olivia Colombo / The Torch

by Olivia Colombo

 

On Tuesday, March 19, Kristan Hawkins, the president of the pro-life organization Students for Life of America, gave a sold-out talk at BC, sponsored by the BC Pro-Life Club. The talk, entitled “Lies Feminists Tell,” gathered students from both sides of the abortion issue for a night of dialogue and debate.

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Thu

28

Feb

2019

The Strangeness of Truth: A Book for the New Evangelization

by Olivia Colombo

 

On February 11, surrounded by tidy stacks of crisp books, Fr. Damian Ference sat, pen in hand, prepared to autograph books. Just far enough removed from the buzz of the Boston, the Pauline Books & Media store in Dedham was full of its regular Saturday morning customers and cheerful religious sisters. On break from his doctoral studies in Rome, the Cleveland priest Fr. Ference had come to share his new book with friends and visitors. As the morning sunlight filtered through the storefront, the room was filled with soft, intellectual chatter about Fr. Ference’s first book, The Strangeness of Truth: Vibrant Faith in a Dark World.

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Wed

30

Jan

2019

A New Peer-Support Mental Health Resource Comes to Boston College

by Oliva Colombo

 

On January 21, a group of students at Boston College officially launched a peer support text hotline, Lean On Me (LOM), to address the growing need for mental health resources on campus.  Students can confidentially text the hotline to receive support for non-crisis situations and be connected to a trained peer supporter.

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Fri

25

Jan

2019

17,000 People Attended SEEK2019 to Grow in Faith

Photo courtesy of Olivia Colombo
Photo courtesy of Olivia Colombo

by Olivia Colombo

 

On January 3 through 7, over 17,000 people gathered in Indianapolis for SEEK2019, this year’s conference hosted by FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students). The event featured keynotes from well-known Catholics, and offered opportunities to grow through participation in the sacraments and in community.

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Wed

12

Dec

2018

“The Real Sister Act,” Daughters of St. Paul Christmas Concert Comes to Boston

by Olivia Colombo

 

On the weekend of December 1, the Daughters of St. Paul choir made a stop in Boston for two nearly sold-out concerts, kicking off their annual tour where the “singing nuns” shared Christmas joy through lively song, dance, and prayer. 

 

A family tradition for many, the concert put on by the “Media Nuns” is in its twenty-fourth year and has been to sixteen cities. This Christmas season their show, Glorious Night, will take the traveling sisters to seven cities with ten shows. 

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Wed

12

Dec

2018

Who Will Be the Bishop of Mars?

Photo of the surface of Mars taken by Opportunity Rover | NASA
Photo of the surface of Mars taken by Opportunity Rover | NASA

by Olivia Colombo

 

On November 26, NASA’s InSight Mars rover plunged through the thin Martian atmosphere and landed on the rocky, red surface in order to study the inner qualities of the planet, gathering information for the mission to send humans to Mars in the next 15 years.

 

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Wed

21

Nov

2018

World Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

Poppies surround the Tower of London in remembrance of Armistice Day
Poppies surround the Tower of London in remembrance of Armistice Day

by Olivia Colombo

 

On Sunday, November 11, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I was commemorated with services and acts of remembrance around the world. The community of Boston College also gathered together for a Mass and prayer service to honor veteran alumni.

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Thu

01

Nov

2018

Conference Reflects on the Role of Contemporary Music in Worship

Worship Band at 2015 Steubenville East Conference (photo courtesy of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston via Flickr)
Worship Band at 2015 Steubenville East Conference (photo courtesy of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston via Flickr)

by Olivia Colombo

 

On October 20, Catholic musicians from the Archdiocese of Boston and surrounding areas gathered for the first annual Catholic Conference on Contemporary Worship (CCCW) at St. Mary of the Assumption in Dedham. Put on by musicians from the forefront of Catholic praise and worship in New England, the full-day conference aimed to foster community amongst worship leaders. It also aimed to equip beginners and seasoned musicians with skills for using music to elevate the experiences of Adoration and Mass.

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Thu

01

Nov

2018

Repent & Submit: New CatholicTV Show to Engage Millennials

by Olivia Colombo

 

On October 1, The CatholicTV Network launched a new show called “Repent & Submit” which focuses on engaging millennial Catholics in new forms of media, inspired by the desires of the Catholic community present on Twitter. CatholicTV is an international television network based out of Watertown, MA, and the new show features Tommy Tighe (@theghissilent) and Steve the Missionary (@stevemissionary).

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Sun

14

Oct

2018

Signs of Hope: BC Panel on Muslim-Christian Relations

by Olivia Colombo

 

On Thursday, September 27, Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry hosted a panel entitled “Signs of Hope in Muslim-Christian Relations,” where students and faculty had the opportunity to listen and engage in conversation with three theologian panelists with distinguished experience in this interreligious dialogue.  The STM held the panel in Robsham Theater as part of their tenth-anniversary open lecture series. The panelists were Daniel A. Madigan, S.J. from Georgetown University; Klaus Von Stosch from University of Paderborn, Germany; and Joshua Ralston from University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The discussion was moderated by Boston College theologian Professor Catherine Cornille.

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

Annual Mass of the Holy Spirit Reminds Boston College of Our Mission

Mass of the Holy Spirit 2018
Fr. Jack Butler, S.J., delivers the Homily at the Mass of the Holy Spirit

by Olivia Colombo

 

On Thursday, September 6, the Boston College community came together in faith to celebrate the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit, a Jesuit tradition that commences the academic year.  University President Rev. William Leahy, S.J. presided, and Vice President for University Mission and Ministry Rev. Jack Butler, S.J. was the homilist. Due to an excessive heat warning, the Mass was moved inside to Conte Forum, where students, faculty, and other community members gathered to celebrate the liturgy.

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

Concert Celebrates the Faith and Joy of 11-Year-Old Christina Dangond

by Olivia Colombo

 

“4 bands, 1 stage, rock the night! 1 message: proclaim the light!”

 

On Saturday evening, September 22, a multicultural community of Boston Catholics gathered in worship for the “Build the Faith Music Fest,” a concert in memory of Christina Dangond and benefiting her foundation, which builds churches in impoverished areas.  At St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish in Cambridge, local Catholic musicians, including Ministério de Música Paraclíto, Higher Love, Katoli-k, and Jon Niven, led the congregation in multilingual worship.

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