Archdiocese of Boston – Celebration of the Priesthood
Auction Ends: Sep 23, 2012 08:00 PM EDT

Unique Experiences

Day on the Town in Gloucester, MA

Item Number
Estimated Value
$200 USD
$142 USD to Pumpke
Number of Bids
12  -  Bid History

Item Description

Winner of this auction will receive a tour for six (6) to Our Lady of Good Voyage Church in Gloucester, MA.  Originally dedicated in 1893, Our Lady of Good Voyage was built for the Portuguese community in Gloucester, after they petitioned the Roman Catholic Church for the establishment of a place to worship dedicated to the Madonna. According to the story of Our Lady of Good Voyage, a stranded fisherman in the rough Atlantic Ocean broke one of his oars and could not return to his homeport. He sought help from the Madonna and the sea miraculously calmed allowing him to reach port safely.

It is the only Mission style church in Gloucester. A rose window adorns the second level, above which rises an ogee pediment supporting a pedestal and a statue of Our Lady of Good Voyage, who holds a boat in her left hand as a symbol of a safe voyage. In 1922, bells were installed in the towers. These bells, still in place today, were cast by John Taylor & Company of England-the same foundry that cast Philadelphia's Liberty Bell.

Winner of this auction will also receive a voucher for a lobster meal at a local eatery.  Date of tour to be determined on mutually agreeable date.