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The Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Greek Orthodox Church

Established in Pawtucket in February 22, 1912, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church has grown from its original 75 members to a community of over 350 families, a strong, vibrant part of the City of Pawtucket.

Its first home on George Street was taken by Urban Renewal. The parish then purchased the Read-Ott property in Pawtucket on Walcott Street from Joseph Ott, complete with its ‘Mansion House’ built in 1842. The parish retained the services of famed architect Christoforos P. Kantianis of Springfield, MA, to design and supervise the construction their Byzantine style church. Mr. Kantianis was a native of Greece, and honor graduate of the University of Syracuse, NY. The builder was Donatelli Building Company, North Providence. On May 24, 1979 Archbishop Iakovos consecrated the new church. Marble within the church is from the quarries in Greece. Everything within the church, including the Altar Table, Bishop’s Throne, Speakers Throne, Icons, Pews, were donated by parishioners. The parish has recently added a panel of stained windows, the first within the edifice, also donated by parishioners.

The property also houses a Community Center that includes classrooms, a function hall and professional kitchen. A unique structure was part of the original Ott property; the parish kept, as part of their newly constructed Community Center, a Shakespearian theatre, built for the children of the Ott family, complete with murals and strained glass windows depicting Shakespeare works. This portion of the Center is now the pastor’s office.

The Assumption church is the only Byzantine structure in the Blackstone Valley. It is during the Annual Festival that the community has the opportunity to showcase their Greek Heritage, Culture, and their Greek Orthodoxy as they commemorate the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Visit the church to view its beautiful interior chandeliers and icons. Tours are conducted at scheduled times throughout the Festival.

For more information about the Church and upcoming events, please go to http://AssumptionRI.org/.