Holy Rosary Church was founded by and for Italian immigrants in 1904. Later, in the 1960’s, it embraced the first Cuban population to arrive in Lawrence, and also other Hispanic communities.
On November 1, 2004, the Archdiocese of Boston established Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church as a territorial parish. This parish was created by uniting four national parishes in Lawrence:
- St. Francis (Lithuanian) established in 1903
- Holy Rosary (Italian) established in 1904
- Holy Trinity (Polish) established in 1905
- Sts. Peter & Paul (Portuguese) established in 1907
Nourished by the Eucharist, the center of our lives, we, as members of the Body of Christ, are called to be a loving, supportive people, evangelizing with compassion and understanding those within and beyond our community. Mindful of our diversity, we pledge to be home to many more families, nurturing their faith and strengthening community. It is this sharing of a common faith and communal spirit which both identifies and distinguishes the parishioners of Corpus Christi. As such, we commit to fostering the growth of a united, vibrant, multi-ethnic parish, centered in Christ and welcoming all.
*Parish Pastoral Council 2007