This month, the Chapel of Our Savior celebrates 60 years of bringing the universal message of Jesus Christ to the faithful in the Brockton, Massachusetts area. As one of the parishes of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, the Chapel of Our Savior offers a variety of spiritual services to residents and visitors.

Richard Cardinal Cushing, the Archbishop of Boston, dedicated and blessed the chapel on Oct. 30, 1961. Sixty years later, it still serves the spiritual needs of the community by providing regular Mass and Confession. People also come here to pray the rosary, the St. Anthony Novena or spend time alone with the Blessed Sacrament. The beautiful architecture of the building, reflecting traditional and modern styles, accentuates the spiritual atmosphere. Especially noteworthy are the large, colorful windows that were crafted in Florence, Italy.

The chapel was dedicated only a year before the opening of the Second Vatican Council, which wanted a renewed focus on ecumenism. The Friars responded by making the Chapel of Our Savior a center for ecumenical dialogue with other Christian communities in the Brockton area.

The Friars later added a gift shop. Visitors can buy Bibles, books, DVDs and other resources to nurture their faith, as well as religious images and sacramentals for home prayer.

God has truly blessed the ministry of the Chapel of Our Savior over these past decades. With His grace, we look forward to serving our brothers and sisters in the Brockton area for the next 60 years and beyond!