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Shrines and Holy Places
Our Lady of Holy Hope
Stella Maris Parish
137 Perkins Street
Castine, ME 04621
Our Lady of Holy Hope was originally a home built on the site of a 1635 Catholic chapel. The house was built in 1880 and after changing hands several times was purchased by the Diocese of Portland in 1920. It was converted into a chapel and dedicated on August 29, 1921.
History of Our Lady of Holy Hope
St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery
P.O. Box 980
28 Beach Avenue
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
St. Anthony's Monastery is on the western side of the Kennebunk river near the town of Kennebunk. The beautiful English park and the splendid Tudor house belonged to William A. Rogers, Esq. The property was purchased by Lithuanian Franciscans in 1947.
The original Shrine of St. Anthony was added to the house in 1953.
The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, an imposing and unique shrine, was constructed in 1953.
The Chapel of the Stations of the Cross was erected in 1959. It was designed by Jonas Mulokas, winner of the First Prize of the American Architects Association.
The new St. Anthony's Chapel was constructed between 1965-66. The interior decorations, were designed, produced, and arranged by Professor Vytautas Jonynas who decorated the Vatican Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
The Vatican Pavillion Monument of the Militant, Suffering and Triumphant Church, is from the 1964 New York World's Fair.
The grounds are open to the public all year round and thousands come to enjoy the place every year.
Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
27 Bartlett Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240
1902 - Saints Peter and Paul parish subdivided to form Saint Louis parish in Auburn. By 1905 the parish had nearly 10,000 parishioners.
Construction of Saints Peter and Paul started with the basement or lower church in 1906. The growth of the parish was so rapid that the parish was subdivided twice. As a result the building fund was also split and it was not until 193 that the Diocese of Portland gave permission to finish the Upper church. Construction was finished on July 18, 1936, and the Cathedral was dedicated on October 23, 1938, to Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
On July 14, 1983, the church was added to the National Register of Historic Places, for being the second largest church in New England.
On October 4, 2004 the Holy See conferred the title of Minor Basilica upon the Cathedral.
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
307 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
Construction of the original Cathedral began in 1866. The walls were nearly completed but on July 4, 1866 it burned to the ground.
Rebuilding started in 1868. It was dedicated on September 8, 1869.
The Cathedral is a magnificent example of neo-Gothic architecture with three steeples. The interior is 186 feet by 70 feet. The vaulted ceiling rises 70 feet above the floor. It seats 900 people.
The Cathedral was restored to its original splendor in 2000.
The Cathedral is on the National Register of Historic Places (1985), the Greater Portland Landmarks (1984), and has been designated a National Catholic Historical Site by the International Order of Alhambra (2003).
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