About the Archdiocese


Archdiocese of Boston


66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184-3839
Telephone: 617-254-0100
Snow Phone Line – (617) 746-5991

Pastoral Center Information: 

Bethany Chapel
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Pastoral Center Gift Shop  

It is the goal of the Pastoral Center to remain open during inclement weather unless travel conditions make it hazardous to get to work. In the event the offices are closed or there is a delay in opening, an announcement will be sent out via the IRIS system. In addition, notice will be recorded on the Snow Phone Line –  (617) 746‐5991 – no later than 5:45 a.m.


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The Church Expands to Serve Newer Immigrants

DonahoeBldnStPatDay_v2 By Robert Johnson Lally
Archdiocesan Archivist and Records Manager

During the early days of the Boston diocese, first the French and then the Irish, were the dominant immigrant groups. But throughout the latter part of the 19th century, new immigrants began arriving in large numbers. Economic and political disruptions in Europe, combined with economic opportunity in America, brought Catholics from Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Portugal, Syria, Germany, Greece, Ukraine, Armenia and Canada.

For the Archdiocese, this generated a need for ethnic parishes. The purpose of these parishes was not to set up separate places of worship based on culture but rather to accommodate different language needs. For although the Mass was said in Latin, sacramental and other services were provided in English, a language the newer immigrants did not understand.

The result of this influx of immigrants was a significant leap in the growth of the Archdiocese. It was during this time that Archbishop Williams bought the Brighton property and opened St. John’s Seminary. New Church buildings were added, parochial schools multiplied, several hospitals and charitable institutions were founded, and the dioceses of Springfield and Providence were created.