HISTORICAL TIMELINE OF

THE FRANCO-AMERICAN COMMUNITY OF WORCESTER

 

1755  Eleven Acadian exiles temporarily reside in Worcester.

1820  Census indicates about 20 French-Canadians living in the city.

1826   First Catholic Mass celebrated in Worcester.

1845  Over 600 French-Canadians are estimated to be living in Worcester.

1853  La Societe-Saint-Jean-Baptiste is established in Worcester.

1854   First attempt to establish a Franco-American parish is made.

1869  Notre-Dame-des-Canadiens Parish is founded.

1887  Saint Joseph Chapel at 100 Wall Street is founded to serve Canadians living in

           the Oak Hill/Grafton Hill Section of Worcester.

1885   Notre-Dame Cemetery is established.

1888  Marie-Louise Rondeau and Aurelie Roy receive their habits as Franciscan

           postulants. The beginnings of the Little Franciscans of Mary (pfm).

1891  Saint Joseph Parish is founded.

1893   Holy Name of Jesus Parish is founded in South Worcester.

1904  Saint Anthony Parish is founded at Kelley Square.

1904   Assumption College is founded by the Augustinians of the Assumption.

1925   William Ducharme is named Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish.

1928   The present Saint Joseph Church building is dedicated.

1975  Saint Anthony Parish is closed.

1992   Saint Joseph Church is closed. Parishioner occupation of the church begins.

1996   Saint Joseph Church is re-opened. The parish is merged with Notre-Dame.

2008  Notre-Dame and Holy Name Parishes are closed. A new merged parish named

           “Holy Family Parish” is created, worshipping at Saint Joseph Church.

2015   Renovation and restoration of Saint Joseph Rectory begins. Haitian community

           Is welcomed to Holy Family Parish.