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St. Vincent Church is on the market

Sign of the times

Looks likes St. Vincent Church (on West Third Street) is likely going the same way as many other South Boston churches – converted into condos. The neighborhood church has been closed since 2015 since the structure was deemed unsafe. But now the Archdiocese of Boston has decided to put the church up for sale.

Needless to say, some neighbors are less than pleased. The South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation started a petition for affordable housing to be put in place of the church.

“South Boston does not need more luxury condos. Our community needs homes that are affordable to working families and seniors.”  If you would like to sign the petition, you can read it here. 

A Little History of St. Vincent Church

The church’s original home was on the waterfront in a neighborhood once known as Fort Hill (now the Financial District). Initially a Unitarian church, an Irish-Catholic immigrant named Andrew Carney bought the building.  The church was moved “brick by brick” by Irish immigrants to its current location in 1872.  According to the Boston Globe, many parts of the original church, including exterior stones and stained-glass windows, were used to construct the new church at the corner of E and West Third.

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Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.