St Mary Star of the Sea
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Who We Are
The Reverend J.S. Michaud was named the first pastor in September, 1873; he said his first Mass in a little schoolhouse. The congregation grew until in 1903. Excavation for the current granite edifice was begun in 1903; the cornerstone laid in 1904. Resting at the highest point of the peninsula of Newport, the church with its twin spires, gold crosses and statue of the Virgin Mary was formally dedicated August 1, 1909.
Overlooking our "Beautiful Waters", Lake Memphremagog, Romanesque in style, its interior paintings, scenes from the Old and New Testaments, were recreated by N.O. Rochon, a local artist here at the time, from the originals of the French artist Tissaud, who had given permission to use his famous works.
Never locked during the day time; our church is open always for public viewing by people interested in the arts and architecture as well as for worship. We are often visited by tourists and college students especially in the summer and fall.