Boston is a city that is inundated with countless religious sites, including monuments, churches and shrines. From titanic to cozy, from towering to minor, myriad interesting catholic sites are waiting to be explored! However, each shrine has its own history and cultural significance.
Here are some of the best Catholic sites in Boston:
1. Mary, Queen of the Universe National Shrine –
Founded in 1954, the Shrine was conceptualized by the Don Orione Fathers. Located beside the Logan Airport, this shrine was built to fulfil the wishes of Don Orione, who was a die-hard charity worker as well as a believer of faith. The statue of Mother Mary here is of 35’ high and was created by Italian-Jewish sculptor Arrigo Minerbi. It is an exquisite piece of work, and people from across the world come here to visit this work of marvel.
2. Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help –
Founded in 1869, the Redemptorists were invited by Boston’s Archbishop Williams with the sole purpose of preaching parish missions. Within a span of two years, these powerful human beings erected a mighty church in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. However, again in 1874 preparation for a renowned church began, which was finished off within another 4 years. After this new church was built, the erstwhile image of Our Lady was brought into the new shrine in 1878. From then on, the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help dominated the entire basilica and thousands of travelers have come here to pay their respects before the lady. The title of Basilica was given by his Holiness Pope Pius XII on December 8, 1954.
Sacred Heart’s Interior.
3. Sacred Heart Parish –
Established in 1873, Sacred Heart Parish opened its doors to serve the communities of East Boston. Since its inception, it has been committed towards its mission to preach, share and inform others about the endless love of Jesus Christ. People of all religion can come here and pray in silence. The parishioners in this church are very helpful and considerate. The staff present are also good and respectful. The readouts that happen here are very much relatable and fit with the kind of life people live nowadays. Masses are given in Spanish, Vietnamese and English, by keeping in mind the communities that live in this neighborhood.
4. Society of St John the Evangelist –
When you are tired of the honking noises emanating from the busy streets of Boston, come to this peaceful church. To seek peace and solitude, the Society of St John the Evangelist is the ultimate destination. A group of highly intellectual monks will welcome you and make your stay or retreat amazing and uplifting! They are friendly and have created a serene atmosphere, which is ideal to help you pray in peace. The music played here is also charming, and the use of incense almost transcends you into another world.
5. The Christian Science Plaza –
This gorgeous church in Boston is a fascinating place to explore. Similar to Temple Square in Salt Lake City, The Christian Science Plaza boasts of an extraordinary American religion, based on the principles of Catholicism. Once you go there you will find a café on the ground floor, a few inspirational quotes in the entrance and a cute little souvenir shop. The actual church is devoid of any fancies. It is plain and simple. The small adjoining chapel, which is the original one, was designed by Italians. While roaming through the alleyways of this church, you will find a unique amalgamation of Christian Science and traditional Catholicism. For education purposes, a visit to this church is highly recommended. Once you are here you will be able to learn about the fundamentals of Christian Science.
6. The Paulist Centre –
Founded in the 19th century, the Paulist Centre was founded by Fr. Isaac Hecker to fulfill a mission. The mission was to deliver the message of Gospel but in an American way. Also being an activity center, the Paulist Centre offers numerous services and programs every day 7 days a week. Weekend masses are also held here. The music is modern and largely familiar. However, tradition hymns are also played on piano and guitars.
Though today we find Boston to be a cosmopolitan city vibrating with life and dreams, the seeds of Catholicism are still widely spread. To know more about traditional Boston, visit these interesting Catholic places and get lost in their pages of history!