Our Lady Of Loreto Construction - 1961

Groundbreaking for Our Lady of Loreto
Church/School - March 28, 1961

Groundbreaking for Our Lady of Loreto Church/School was held on March 28, 1961. Clearing of the site began the following day. The site chosen was once a popular woodland area referred to as "Our Enchanted Forest." Seven acres were to be cleared for the new building. Four acres were to remain untouched, extending along the lower boundary of West Liberty School.

The groundbreaking was the culmination of a two-year struggle to begin construction of the new complex that began in May of 1959 with the establishment of the Our Lady of Loreto parish. From the beginning, the project was beset by difficulties, ranging from unstable land to incompatibilities with the existing sewage lines.

Once these obstacles were overcome, construction began in earnest in June of 1961. On September 24, 1961, the cornerstone was laid, and within a year the building was ready for occupancy. Dedication Day was August 22, 1962.

Although major construction was complete, there still remained the task of creating a permanent church. For six years, Mass was held in the school gymnasium. Construction of the permanent church began in May of 1969 and was completed in October. The first mass in the new church was held on October 22, 1969, marking the completion of the project begun a decade earlier.

Below are photos showing the construction of Our Lady of Loreto Church and School from 1960 through 1962. Loreto is located off of Pioneer Avenue and Chrysler Street, adjacent to Moore Park. It is the fourth offspring parish formed from the original boundaries of Resurrection Church. The entire cost of the original construction was $541,650.

Today, Our Lady of Loreto Church is still in operation, but the school is no longer in service. Due to declining enrollment, Our Lady of Loreto School was merged with Resurrection and St. Pius X in 1996 to form Brookline Regional Catholic. From 1996 to 2003 some BRC classes were held in the Loreto school building. All BRC classes are now held at St. Pius.

Groundbreaking for Our Lady of Loreto
Father Arthur Garbin - May 1961

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