January 17, 2019

Letter to the Editor of The Rehoboth Reporter


April 12, 2018

Jeanne D. Gilbert

I don’t want to get your hopes up, Rehoboth Catholics, but on Thursday, April 12, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha of the Diocese of Fall River sat in front of 218 people gathered at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River to listen. The listening session was named Rebuilding in Faith and Hope.

Participants were asked for input on three questions. I chose Question Three: What would you love to say to a friend about our church in three years that you can’t say today?

This is what I said. “Hello, my name is Jeanne Gilbert and I live in Rehoboth. It’s important for you to know where I live, because Rehoboth does not have a Catholic church.

My dream started in 1972 when I moved to Rehoboth. A letter was sent that year to Bishop Daniel Cronin asking for a church in town.

In 1995 a group of Rehoboth Catholics wrote to Bishop Sean O’Malley asking for a Catholic church. The response was that the petition would be considered in the planning for the future of the Diocese.

I’m asking that you help make my dream come true.”

I realize that with the closing or merging of Catholic churches in the area, the likelihood of Rehoboth getting its own Catholic church is slim, but I thought the time was right to plant yet another seed in yet another Bishop’s mind.

30 Spring Street

Rehoboth, MA 02769

508 252-9656



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