Notre Dame Center 20 Otis St, Danvers, MA01923 Originally serving as a convent for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur teaching next door at the St. Mary of the…More Annunciation School, the Notre Dame Center is used these days as the rectory and Religious Education Office for Saint Richard's Parish. Parents are asked to not allow their children to play on the property - there is a playground behind the school and another across the street at Great Oak Elementary.
St. Mary of the Annunciation Church 24 Conant St, Danvers, MA01923 St. Mary's is one of two Catholic churches in town, the other being Saint Richard's on Forest Street. The parish opened…More its parochial school on Otis Street in 1958 and built a convent next door to the school two years later. St. Mary's pastor is Rev. Michael J. Doyle.
Parishioners are active in a variety of ways, whether serving on the Liturgy Committee, as an altar server or engaged in a group Bible study, rosary group or serving at the People to People Food Pantry. Visit the website for more information. Religious education classes are taught from first grade through twelfth. Contact the Religious Education Office at 978-774-8605. St. Mary's Cemetery on Sylvan Street and St. Mary of the Annunciation Cemetery on Hobart Street are both owned by the parish.
St. Mary's was founded in 1859 with the purchase of a wooden church building on High Street. That building was used until 1937 when it was torn down to make way for construction of Route 128. The new church was built at the corner of Conant and Franklin streets with a total seating capacity for 1,270 parishioners.