Schools, group tours and
custom VIP tours welcome.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
80 Memorial Blvd. West (at Spring St)
Newport, Rhode Island 02840 Entrance through courtyard
at Spring & William Streets
PARKING FOR EVENT ATTENDEES Free parkingin the William Street Lot
With appreciation to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and Library in Boston for their assistance in researching historical material and photographs. www.jfklibrary.org.
* Ticket sales support restoration of the church organ and choir loft.
St. Mary’s Church
St. Mary’s, Rhode Island’s oldest Roman Catholic parish, is a Gothic Revival Church featuring magnificent stained glass windows crafted in Austria. The church is recognized as one of the most beautiful in New England.
Named in honor of Our Lady of the Isle, St. Mary’s was built by Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine. Their arrival in Newport in the 1840’s represented the largest migration of a foreign nationality into the United States up to that time. The jobs were plentiful; men worked building Fort Adams while women served as domestics at the Gilded Age mansions on Bellevue Avenue.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church is a National Historic Landmark.