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Cardinal, officials break ground on new Seaport chapel


Central Region episcopal vicar Father James Flavin and Boston mayor Martin J. Walsh look on as Cardinal O'Malley sprinkles holy water at the site of the new Seaport chapel. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy

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SOUTH BOSTON -- South Boston parishioners, developers, politicians and representatives of the archdiocese came together Nov. 21 to break ground for the new Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel at 51 Seaport Boulevard in South Boston.

Completion of the chapel, part of the 23-acre Seaport Square project, will mark the first Catholic worship site to be built in the city of Boston in more than 50 years.

Many of those who spoke at the groundbreaking said they expect the chapel would open by Christmas of 2015. The current Our Lady of Good Voyage chapel on Northern Avenue, with history in Boston for over half a century, will remain open until the new chapel is complete.

Speaking at the groundbreaking, Boston mayor Martin J. Walsh thanked Father Joe White, the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in South Boston, which is responsible for the chapel, for the role he played locally as the project went forward. He also thanked the archdiocese, the developers, and others gathered at the groundbreaking ceremony.

The project constitutes the largest planned-development area in the history of the city Walsh said. The project will include residential space amongst the business and retail development, as the area continues the growth that prompted the relocation of the chapel.

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