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Rev. Philip Dabney, C.Ss.R, To Appear on Live Talk Show of the CatholicTV® Network

2/23/2012 - 1:07 PM PST

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WATERTOWN, MA (February 23, 2012) - Rev. Philip Dabney, C.Ss.R, To Appear on Live Talk Show of the CatholicTV® Network

On Friday, February 24, 2012, Father Philip Dabney will be featured on the CatholicTV Network's nationally broadcasted live talk show; This is the Day, to discuss the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Mission Church, part of the Archdiocese of Boston.

The devotion to Our Lady in Boston can be traced to the very first evening sermon preached in the original Redemptorist church in 1871. That first smaller church was dedicated in the morning and in the evening Father Timothy Enright, C.Ss.R. preached a sermon on the new church's patroness, Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Seven years later, the icon was carried in procession to the present church, affectionately called Mission Church.

Two vases filled with crutches and canes adorn each side of the Shrine, providing testimony to the multitude of cures and graces granted through the intercession of Our Lady. The silver plaque gleaming on one pyramid of crutches was placed there by Colonel P.T. Hanley, of the Civil War, as a tribute for the cure of his daughter, Grace. When Grace was four years old, a fall had shattered her spine. From then on, she was severly disabled, her body boxed in a cast. For years, her parents shuttled her from doctor to doctor, always hoping. They made Novena after Novena at the Shrine, always praying.

And then, on the eighteenth of August, 1883, on the last day of one more Novena, when Grace herself was praying with them, suddenly gave her crutches to her brother, walked over to the Shrine, thanked Our Lady, and marched down the aisle and out of the church.

The dramatic cure became a breathless wonder throughout Boston. More cures began to follow at that time and newspapers across the country hailed the Mission Church Shrine as the "Lourdes in the Land of the Puritans."

Devotions in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help are held at the Shrine every Wednesday of the year. People from the Archdiocese of Boston pour down the marble aisles and stir the lofty arches with the prayers and hymns to Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

The Novena entered the world of television in 1984, and for the last twenty five years the Novena has been carried into people's homes in English and Spanish through the CatholicTV Network with Father Dabney.

To learn more about mission Church visit:

Tune in on Friday, February 24, 2012, at 10:30 AM to see Father Dabney. All programming is also available at

About the CatholicTV® Network:

Founded in 1955, CatholicTV Network is a national broadcast television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America's Catholic Television Network.

Live twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.) Father Robert Reed and Jay Fadden host this half-hour talk show with Kevin Nelson, reporting on Catholic news. The hosts discuss various topics of the week in lively discussions for today's Catholic, and respond to viewer mail (you may also email us at The hosts also conduct interviews with people from around the world and around the corner.

This is the Day may be seen across the US on Sky Angel, and selected carriers. This is the Day may also be seen on demand in the US via Verizon FiOS. CatholicTV has channels in New England on Charter, Comcast, Full Channel, RCN and other carriers. You can watch the CatholicTV Network 24 hours a day at or downloaded via and on your mobile device.

Contact: CatholicTV

Shannon Muldoon, Public Relations Coordinator


The CatholicTV® Network  MA, 02471 US
Shannon Muldoon - Public Relations Coordinator, 


Archdiocese of Boston



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