St Anthony of Padua Parish, New Bedford

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St. Anthony of Padua is a Roman Catholic church in New Bedford, Massachusetts, part of the Diocese of Fall River.HistorySt. Anthony of Padua was founded in 1895 to serve the needs of French Canadian Catholics who lived in the North End of New Bedford. The new parish was under the care of first pastor, Fr. Hormisdas Deslauriers (1861–1916), an energetic leader who would have great influence on the parishes future development. The first mass was celebrated on Oct 6th 1895 at ‘’North Union Hall’’ on Bullard Street. Shortly thereafter a two story wood frame church was dedicated on March 8, 1896.BuildingThe present Romanesque style church was begun in 1902 when the parish acquired plans from Canadian architect Joseph Venne of Montreal. The cornerstone for the new building was laid in June 1904 and work began on shortly thereafter. On September 20, 1904 several construction workers were seriously injured and one killed when a 50 foot wall collapsed at the construction site.After the accident the original contractor, Michael J. Houlihan of Providence, Rhode Island, withdrew from the project and noted Fall River architect Louis G. Destremps was brought in as supervising architect. The church exterior was completed in December 1905 and the lower church was available for masses by 1908. The upper portion of the church, though not yet ready for religious service was opened for public viewing on January 17, 1909. The period of 1909-1912 was largely taken up by extensive interior decoration and the installation of a large Casavant pipe organ. The finished church was formally dedicated on November 28, 1912.
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  • You will not find a more beautiful church in the area. It is very European inside and just magnificent. It is a deeply spiritual experience to attend Mass on Sunday or to hear an organ concert when al...  more »
  • Church is just beautiful inside. Mass is so enjoyable. I went alone, so I could sit wherever I wanted.  more »
  • Thank you Fr O Rourke for the guided tour of this magnificent church.What a gem awaits you after visiting St Anthony's.It is almost impossible to describe the churches interior,but rest assured any vi...  more »
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  • It was a great experience! Nice liturgy and nice people. The Church building is so beautiful!
  • Gorgeous edifice and interiors. The pipe organ is especially spectacular. Saw a silent film accompanied by live organ. Truly a blessing for a 36yo who has never seen a silent film!
  • Beautiful Catholic Church. I was Baptized here. We lived right across on Nye Street on the south side of this church till I was 1 yr old. I still play BINGO! here on Wednesday eves.
  • I will be going to mass on Sundays... 😉 ✌ 10:30
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