Today we have added 6 new volumes to Massachusetts: Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records, 1789-1920. Today’s addition provides the parish of Our Lady of Pompeii in Boston. This update includes over 1,800 pages, and over 102,000 searchable names.
Father Pasquale Di Milla was one of the first active Italian priests in Boston. In 1901, he was in charge of the Italian communicants of St. James Parish on Harrison Ave. Within three years he was able to build the Our Lady of Pompeii church which was dedicated on 25 October 1903.
Boston College’s Global Boston project describes Our Lady of Pompeii: “Moving out from the North End, many immigrants from southern Italy lived in the New York Streets and worshipped at Our Lady of Pompeii on Florence Street, founded in 1902.” The New York Streets were one of Boston’s first areas targeted for urban “renewal” and most of the neighborhood was razed in the 1950s.
The new volumes are:
• Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Baptisms, 1903-1911
• Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Baptisms, 1912-1914
• Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Baptisms, 1914-1918
• Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Baptisms, 1918-1920
• Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Confirmations, 1909-1920
• Our Lady of Pompeii (Boston) Marriages, 1903-1920
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