Church of the Precious Blood - Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Posted by: BruceS
N 42° 00.104 W 071° 30.467
19T E 292309 N 4653011
Quick Description: Previously known as L'Eglise du Precieux Sang is an historic Catholic Church and mother church to other French-Canadian Catholic churches in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
Location: Rhode Island, United States
Date Posted: 10/18/2008 11:31:59 AM
Waymark Code: WM4ZHP
The L'Eglise du Precieux Sang parish was founded in 1872. Construction of the church was begun in 1873 however was badly damaged in a storm in 1876 prior to completion of the construction and was finished in 1881. The tower was left short at that time and was completed in 1910.
The Victorian-Gothic style church was designed by E.J. Boyden & Son of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Next to the church is a 3-story brick parish house constructed in the 1870's.
The church is a testament to the growth of the French-Canadian community in Woonsocket in the late 1800's continuing on into the twentieth century. The parish owes much to its early pastor Father Charles Dauray who came to the parish in 1875 and served it for the next 55 years. He was very proud of his French-Canadian heritage and brought the congregation together through its early rough times. Under his direction seven new parishes were created from the Precious Blood parish. Along with the new parishes the church also started several schools, an orphanage and a home for the aged.
Type of Church: Church
Status of Building: Actively in use for worship
Date of organization: 01/01/1872
Date of building construction: 01/01/1881
Dominant Architectural Style: High Victorian Gothic
Diocese: Diocese of Providence
94 Carrington Ave
Woonsocket, Rhode Island United States
Relvant Web Site: [Web Link]
Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Not listed
Archdiocese: Not listed
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