St. Anthony of Padua is a Roman Catholic church in New Bedford, Massachusetts, part of the Diocese of Fall River.Arrange your visit to St. Anthony of Padua Church and discover more family-friendly attractions in New Bedford using our New Bedford tour itinerary planner .
St. 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.
The 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.
St. Anthony of Padua Church Reviews
Considering the parish is struggling, this large church is lovingly kept up. So much to see; every space is filled. A short drive north from the main tourist spots. more »
Over the years this beautiful church like so many other has lost many parishioners. The red sandstone exterior needs to be cleaned and when funds are available it will be. Inside and out is a testamen... more »
The architecture is a sight to be seen especially the interior. The church is very active in the community providing food, clothing and other services. Speaking of services I find the Morning Mass to be serene and contemplative with relevant sermons that start the day right with your soul. We have to raise money to restore the spectacular exterior though since it is a part of America's history and art.
This church is beautiful inside and out I love to attend and as I sit and listen to the services I can't help but to look around at all the saints that line the walls and pictures to the painted ceiling to the beautiful atmosphere it's so peaceful and Serene
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