St. Mary’s is the largest Catholic church in Taunton. It was built in 1868. The Architect was Patrick C. Keeley. The style of the church is Late Gothic Revival. The church itself is a magnificent spectical, but for my family it is what is inside that is part of our legacy.
Dr. Joseph Murphy born 1818 in Ireland was of Catholic upbringing. He was was monetarily involved with the building of St. Mary’s Church and in the establishment of the parish. As such there is a window in the church that is dedicated to him and his wife Mary Frances Briggs Murphy.
In Taunton the parishes were ethnically based at the time, and St. Mary’s was built for the Taunton area Irish.
The Murphy’s have continued to attend the church here since it’s inception. My Great Grandmother Ruth Gough Murphy sat in the same pew forever, and my Uncle David sat there as well until he passed. My Grandfather and all his brothers were baptized in the church.
This is the Alter upon which is a plague with my Great Grand Aunt Maydell’s name. Most likely because at some point she donated to have it refurbished.
My Uncle Jack still attends the church and has for 85+years minus his time in Japan when he was in the army.
That is 145 years of Murphy’s attending the same church. That is an amazing thing!!