Church History

On August 13, 1911, the Albanians of Worcester organized a Chapter of St George's Cathedral of Boston. Four years later, in 1915, this branch was organized into the Church of St Mary's Assumption. From 1911-1917, services were held in various halls. In 1918, a German Presbyterian Church on 63 Wellington St was purchased. But at that time, only the first floor was completed. The second floor was completed by our parishioners. The Church was designed and styled to be a replica of St George in Korce, Albania. The Icons were painted by the Rev Naum Cere who had studied iconography in Odessa. In the late forties, the main entrance of St Mary's was extended and in 1956, the Church underwent major restoration.
On June 15, 1979, 10.6 acres of land at 535 Salisbury St were purchased from the Pearson family. In 1980, over 3 adjoining acres were donated to St Mary's. Our new Byzantine-style Church was designed by the architectural firm of Isaac & Isaac of Manchester, NH, an Albanian architect, Andrew Isaak. The first Liturgy was held on October 3, 1982.

1917 - The parish choir was organized

1946 - A.A.N.O began

1951 - Daughters of St Mary's was organized

1955 - The Mothers Club was founded to promote the Sunday School. This club was later renamed "The Women's Guild"

1968 - St Mary's Youth Group was organized

1972 - Sons of St Mary's was organized

1983 - Consecration of our Church on November 13

1990 - A 72 unit home for the elderly called Illyrians Gardens underwent construction

1991 - Illyrians Gardens opened

1994 - Holy Trinity opened

1995 - Celebrated our 80th Anniversary as a parish

2015 - Celebrating our 100th Anniversary as a parish

Pastors of St. Mary's Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church

Reverend Pandi Sinitza                 1918
Archimandrite Thimi Theodos        1920
Reverend Naum Cere                    1925
Archimandrite Thimi Theodos        1927
Very Reverend Sokrat Soter          1946
Very Reverend Christo Costa        1964
Reverend Sotir Dilogika                 1970
Very Reverend Peter Krochta        1973
Reverend Dragan Filipovic             1975
Very Reverend Spero Page           1976
Reverend Dennis Schutte              1994
Very Reverend Spero Page           2000
Reverend Theodore Sakellar         2001
Very Reverend Spero Page           2004
Father Dennis Nagi                        2005
Father Timothy Creemens             2009
Father Timothy Lowe, current        2013



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