Today is the 25th Anniversary of the reopening of Our Lady’s Chapel in downtown New Bedford, MA, USA by the Franciscan of the Immaculate, and we are still there. Deo Gratias. Below is an article done by the local paper.
When Our Lady’s Chapel in downtown New Bedford reopened in 1992, some 500 people attended the celebratory Mass.Bishop Sean Patrick O’Malley of the Fall River Diocese, now the bishop and cardinal of the archdiocese of Boston, called it “an indication of how much people wanted (it) reopened.”“This is a place of pilgrimage where people can get away from the noises of the world and be close to God,” he said.O’Malley’s words seem just as true today as they were in 1992.The chapel is located right in the heart of downtown New Bedford. Its 600 Pleasant St. address is next to the downtown police station, across from the New Bedford Free Public Library, diagonally from City Hall, and a block from both Purchase and Union streets, the downtown’s commercial district.If you don’t know it’s there, however, it can be easy to walk right by, not knowing about the quiet and beautiful chapel inside.