Any church – or any other organization – that has not only survived but thrived for over two hundred years has many stories to tell. So we decided to create a place on our website where these stories, or moments from our history, can be saved for our current and future members, as well as the world at large.
We will try to update as we can.
– February 3, 2019
[Updated: February 21, 2019]
Following WWII, St. Mary’s made substantial financial donations to help rebuild St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Stuttgart, Germany, a parish of primarily Russian refugees.
In gratitude, St. Nicholas parish sent St. Mary’s two paintings, one of Saint Nicholas and one of Saint Mary’s. Both paintings are in our archives.
The back of the icon had a lengthy inscription in Russian, see below. One of our parishioners was able to have it translated, also below, explaining why this particular icon was so special.
In June 2018, one of our youth member’s Eagle Scout project was to organize and clean our attic. While clearing out old cardboard boxes, this plaque was discovered on a shelf hidden from view.
We researched and discovered that this plaque was dedicated to the parents – who were born in the middle 1800’s – of two brothers, Julius and Charles Schweinfurth. Both were architects of some repute – one in Cleveland and one in Boston. Buildings in the two cities still stand that were designed by them; including the Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland. (The present Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts was sometime Dean of that Cathedral.)
The plaque was dedicated to the youth of the parish in the room that was set aside for their use. It brings pleasure to the members of this parish to rediscover this valuable artifact, that has so much to do with St. Mary’s, Boston and Cleveland.