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Boston's First Catholic Church. Some Letters of Rev. Dr. Matignon, of Boston, to Bishop John Carroll...
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Boston's First Catholic Church. Some Letters of Rev. Dr. Matignon, of Boston, to Bishop John Carroll, A. D. 1798-1801. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume XV. Pages 35-45.
Devitt, Edward J.
22 April 2015
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
Carroll, John, 1735-1815.
Matignon, Francis Anthony, 1753-1818.
Catholic Church. Diocese of Baltimore (Md.). Bishop (1789-1808 : Carroll).
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BOSTON’S FIRST CATHOLIC CHURCH. SOME LETTERS or REV. DR. FRANCIS MATIGNON, OF BOSTON, T0 BISHOP JOHN CARROLL, A. D. I798-I801. GATHERED BY REV. EDWARD I. DEVITT, S.J., OF GEORGE- TOWN UNIVERSITY. [N0'rE.-Reverend Francis Anthony Matignon, doctor of the Sor- bonne, and formerly Regius Professor of Theology at the College of Navarre, arrived in Baltimore in 1792. He was sent to Boston by Bishop Carroll, and after twenty-eight years of pastoral labor in that city the holy and devoted priest “ died as he had lived-a saint.” Th'e small Catholic congregation of Boston had been accustomed to gather in a disused Huguenot meeting-house on School street, near the site of the present City Hall, but, as their numbers increased, Dr. Matignon saw the necessity of a larger and more appropriate church, and these letters furnish interesting details of his hopes, his efforts, and the result that the church of the Holy Cross, on Franklin street, was dedicated by Bishop Carroll, September 29, I803. The centennial anniversary ofthis event, momentous in the history of the faith in America, was celebrated with enthusiastic jubilation in Boston, but these authentic accounts of the origin and progress of the work which resulted in the building of the first Catholic church in New England seem to have been overlooked by the writers who describe how the seed of the Faith, planted in uncon- genial soil, nevertheless has grown intoa mighty tree producing abund- ant fruit. The letters are transcripts preserved in the archives of Georgetown College ; they are printed because they deserve to be known more widely, and to be preserved in a more permanent form than that of manuscript] 35 ......,.......J‘'’'’l. ‘