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St. Joseph Society Steps up for St. Leonard’s Church

St. Joseph Society (photo courtesy MattConti.com)

The North End-based Saint Joseph Society recently announced a $10,000 pledge to support the ongoing restoration of Saint Leonard Church on Hanover Street, in Boston’s North End. “We thank the whole society and in a special way the donation committee for being so considerate toward our Parish,” wrote Father Antonio Nardoianni in the parish bulletin. “Besides the large amount they are donating, we are encouraged by their appreciation for what is being done to prevent our church building from falling apart and to restore it to its original beauty.” The group — which sponsors the annual St. Joseph Feast in ...

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St. Leonard’s Pastor Padre Antonio Nardoianni

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St. Leonard is wrapped in scaffolding to the point of not looking much like a church anymore. Even the sounds (including some of the language used by the workers) are not very church-like. As I wait for Padre Antonio Nardoianni, pastor of what is basically the only fully functional church left in Boston’s historical Italian neighborhood, I find myself thinking, “Maybe they should put extra signs — not for the locals, of course — but certainly for the tourists.” In fact, my refection wasn’t totally off mark. The fact that the Rubenesque Franciscan friar, who has led this parish for ...

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