On this day, in 1895, Richard Cushing was born in South Boston.
Cushing was ordained a catholic priest at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Roxbury in 1921. He spent his entire life serving in various positions in the Boston area, first at St. Patrick’s in Roxbury, then at St. Benedict’s in Somerville before before taking a position at the Society of the Propagation of Faith. In 1944, the Catholic church named him the Archbishop of Boston, and 14 years later, in 1958, he was named a cardinal.
Richard Cardinal Cushing was known for his involvement in social and political issues as well as his emphasis on ecumenicism. At the City Archives, we see evidence of his involvement in the Mayor John Collins records. Cardinal Cushing corresponded and met with Mayor Collins about issues related to housing, poverty, race relations, and ecumenicism. The above photograph was taken in 1963 at the groundbreaking of Boston’s New City Hall.
Richard Cardinal Cushing and Mayor John F. Collins at groundbreaking ceremony for City Hall
, 1963 September 18,
Mayor John F. Collins records, Collection (0244.001), Boston City Archives