Most Holy Redeemer Celebrates 175th Anniversary

The Holy Redeemer Church was Eastie’s first Roman Catholic Church built by Irish Immigrants in 1844 and designed by renowned architect Patrick Keely, known for his work on the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Brighton.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, said a special Mass of Thanksgiving Sunday
to celebrate the Most Holy Redeemer Church’s 175th Anniversary in Eastie.

Five years after it was built the church hosted the 1849 wedding of President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandparents. Patrick Kennedy and Bridget Murphy both immigrated to Eastie from New Ross, Ireland and their marriage and subsequent birth of their son, P.J. Kennedy, and grandson, Joseph P. Kennedy, began the Kennedy Family’s political dynasty in America.

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