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By any standard measurement, the influence of Catholicism in Boston has been waning since sometime in the middle of the 20th century. Mass attendance has been on a downward trend since The three most populous US cities—New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago—had more Catholics, but Boston had the highest percentage. Of the million people living in Boston’s metropolitan area in , about 2 million were Catholic. Boston ’s archbishop presided over an extensive network of parishes, schools, seminaries, convents, and. Boston's sharply divided ethnic neighborhoods fueled divisions in the Catholic community. In the 19th century, the Catholic Church in America was perceived by many outside of it as being an Irish church, but by , a sizeable population of German Catholics in Boston wanted priests who understood their customs and spoke their language. Boston in the 18th Century: Boston continued to grow, despite small-pox outbreaks in , and The city had o residents by Many of Boston’s most famous buildings were built during this time period, such as the Old State House in , Old North Church in , Old South Meetinghouse in and Faneuil Hall in
17th century. – William Blaxton arrives. English Puritans arrive.; First Church in Boston established.; September 7 (): Boston named – Boston Watch (police) established. – Settlement becomes capital of the English Massachusetts Bay Colony.; Boston Common established.; Samuel Cole opened the first tavern in Boston, Massachusetts on the 4th of March. "Catholics in the American Century, the most recent volume to appear in the Cushwa twentieth-century series, addresses the problem of Catholic omission head-on. Five of its six essays are by prominent American historians who seek to reimagine their particular areas of expertise once the Catholic presence is taken e it to say Reviews: 2. The Day the Mass Changed, How it Happened and Why -- Part I The first of a two-part series by Susan Benofy examining the changes in the Mass which were first introduced on Novem Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books. My library.
The Port of Boston was a major center of immigration during the Great Irish Famine (–). By , the Irish were the largest ethnic group in Boston. Most of the immigrants during this period were poor, unskilled laborers from rural backgrounds who settled in the slums of the North End, the South Cove, and Fort were not only destitute but weakened by typhus contracted on the. In the early section of the 19 th century, Catholicism was a minority religion compared to the more dominant protestant denominations. As seen in the image of our map of Boston, there was only one church at the beginning of the century. The Holy cross church located at Franklin Street was the first Catholic Church created in Although there is no mention of Boston in the Domesday Book of , by the beginning of the following century, Boston had developed as an inland port thanks to its position at the head of a tidal river, The Haven, which linked it to the North Sea. By the 13th century, Boston was one of . Boston - Boston - Cultural life: Boston has a rich and varied cultural life, and the love of music attracts many Bostonians throughout the year. The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), founded in , is one of the foremost orchestras in the world. The BSO performs at Symphony Hall during the winter months and at the Tanglewood Music Festival, in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, in.