In 2001, this incredible, old church burned almost to the ground. The committee faced three choices. First, to place a monument on the location of the church and move on. Second, to build a new, more modern church. Third, and most expensively, to build the church as an exact replica of the original. Obviously from the pictures, they chose the third, and most difficult option.
The idea for this church began in 1917, in recognition of the growing number of English-speaking parishioners in Sudbury. However, many construction slow-downs by factors including World War I delayed the laying of the corner stone until June 17, 1928. Construction would continue to be hampered when the right wall blew out in 1928 as the result of a major windstorm.
On September 29, 1929, the church was finally dedicated and blessed by Bishop Scollard.
This little country church is off the beaten path. Though located right in town, you'd be hard pressed to find it unless you were looking for it.
The inside is still in amazing shape, although the pews, and any religious symbols have been removed. Despite whatever period that has elapsed since its last use, it still smells like a church.
The property on which this building stands was purchased for $25,000 as a joint effort of nine parishes. It is alleged that the property was formally a burial ground.
This orphanage was opened June 1, 1875, and administration handled by the Sisters of St. Francis with a starting population of 47 children.