St. Mark Parish
It was in December 1905 that Archbishop John J. Williams asked the Rev. John A. Daly to take up duties as the first pastor of a parish on Dorchester Avenue just north of Ashmont that had been until that time a chapel of St. Gregory’s Parish in Lower Mills. Rev. Daly took to his duties with dispatch and energy, remaining the pastor for 39 years until his death in 1944.
Among the prominent members of the new parish was soon-to-be Boston Mayor John F. “Honey-Fitz” Fitzgerald, who had settled his family on Welles Avenue. His daughter Rose taught Sunday School in the parish before marrying Joseph P. Kennedy to begin her own family, one that would come to include a President of the United States, three United States Senators, and one United States Attorney General.
Like many other parishes in the Archdiocese, St. Mark’s grew and thrived well into the second half of the last century. The parish campus on Dorchester Avenue served as an always-busy religious and social center in the lives of tens of thousands of families.
The St. Mark’s Community experienced significant changes over the last 35 years as the children of many of its life-long members began moving to the suburbs and beyond as dramatic societal changes altered their city, its educational institutions, and their old neighborhood. But many others remained, because St. Mark’s Parish was their home and always would be.
In the 1990’s, under the leadership of its Pastor, the Rev. Daniel J. Finn, long-time and recent, immigrant parishioners joined together to reach out to one another and the surrounding community to form the present parish-community.
Today, more than 60 percent of its involved parishioners are immigrants, or children of immigrants, from the lands of Cape Verde, Haiti and other West Indian countries, Ireland, countries of Central and Western Africa, and Vietnam.
Through a concerted effort to bring unity within diversity, parishioners see a future full of faith, hope, and love in this house of God.
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