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68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope: Part 2 of 5

Searching for justice, finding no peace

With summer approaching, the rhythm quickens in Bowdoin-Geneva. Violence seems to rise with the heat, but so do a mother’s hopes for her children, and a priest’s quest to connect. Meanwhile, from the weeds, an unlikely garden grows.

The Rev. Richard “Doc” Conway is one of the priests at St. Peter’s parish in Dorchester. When he arrived, Conway quickly realized that for him and the church to be effective in the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood, he would have to get out and walk the streets, talking to everyone from the old women who sit on their porches to the hardened young men police believe are responsible for the violence.

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