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Our Lady Of Peace

Our Lady Of Peace
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Copyright: Tom ODonnell (budgun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 319 W: 2 N: 382] (2091)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-08
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Olympus E-300 EVolt, 52mm Circular Polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-19 9:10
Viewed: 1853
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The present church of Our Lady Queen of Peace with seating capacity of 600, was dedicated by the Bishop of Portland, John G. Murray, in 1926. This church was built to accommodate the summer visitors and Fr. McCabe continued to serve this mission from the mother church in North Whitefield during the summer months.

In 1928, the mission church of Our Lady Queen of Peace became a parish and Fr. John Sullivan was named pastor. Although there was a large summer congregation, there were only twelve Catholic families in year round residence. A small chapel was built in the basement which met the needs of the small winter congregation. The parish then, as now, covered an area of 30 square miles, including the towns of Southport, Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay, Edgecomb and Wiscasset.

Father Sullivan was named pastor in Eastport in 1933. He was succeeded by Father C. Martin O’Toole. During Fr. O’Toole’s 16 years as pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace the Catholic population of the Region grew slowly but steadily. In 1959 he left Boothbay harbor and was named pastor of St.Dominc’s in Portland.

In 1949 Father Francis A. Manette was named pastor. The parish continued to grow in both the winter and summer. Under his leadership the changes in the physical plant were many. The exterior walls of the church were painted white and floodlights were installed. The building had now become, not only the most prominent landmark in the region, but also a navigation aid at night. The small chapel under the main church was expanded to three times its original size. The parish hall with its six class rooms and spacious meeting room stands as a memorial to Father Manette’s 22 years in the Boothbay Region.

Father Manette began a long deserved retirement in 1971 and Father Thomas M. Lee was named pastor. As the numbers of year round parishioners grew, it became apparent that the Chapel in the basement was too small and Mass had to be celebrated in the parish hall. In 1980 it was decided to expand the chapel which involved extensive structural changes to the church. The present chapel with its blue and white decor and white oak appointments now holds up to 250 people.

In 1983 a parcel of land across Atlantic Avenue from the church was donated to the Fisherman’s Memorial Committee who in turn cast the bronze fishing dory which was dedicated to the memory of the over 229 fishermen from the Boothbay Region who were lost at sea during the last two centuries. At this time Father Lee began the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet after the memorial service that is now an important part of the Annual Fisherman’s Festival every spring.

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So I see. Impressive way to show off the church by putting the harbor in the FG. Looks like the young fishermen are having a good time. From this POV I get a good look at the whole setting.


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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-07-19 9:45]

Very different architecture than what I am use to. As always a beautiful scene. Great detail and sharpness! Very nice pov. TFS and have a happy day!

Peaceful scenery,Love the position of fishing people at pier that made lively atmosphere to this scene,well control DOF and sharpness,Also good color and light too.Good work,TFS.

Hi Tom,
Wonderful scene to spend some leisure time fishing without burning some petrol :) At first glance it is not evident that your main subject is the church because of the other elements in the photo. But overall a good photo with very good image and color quality. Well done! tfs

This composition has many points of interests: the harbour with the fishing boats, the boys fishing, the church with its origial architecture, the wood, the reflections on the water...
everything makes up a lovely picture. It's not common to find a church by the seaside, at least on this side of the pond.
Well done,

I'm taking a pause from internet, going around sailing for a while, so I'll not be able to deal with TL.

Hi Tom,
Very beautiful photo,beautiful place,good light and composition.Congratulatio.
Best regards,

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-07-20 5:58]

HI Tom
You have all the necessary elements in this one, making it an extremely good shot.

Hello Tom,
Nice and colorful scene, full of life--the colorfully-dressed fishermen, the white church in the BG, the green shining water, the boats, the cloudy/sunny day...


Hello tom,

I don't know why but for some reason it is seldom to see a church and boats in the same frame..!
The image has a very summery feeling, and the people on the pier seem to have a great time...
Good light and sharp fine details, a fine diagonal composition!

Pablo -

Hi Tom,

A peaceful place to visit and enough going on in the harbour to make it attractive.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-07-21 7:31]

Wonderful PoV - the sacred serves as a back-up for the mundane :)
Great colours and details

hello Tom,
This is a fishing town and I really like how you have included those elements in the FG to complement this lovely church.
Great notes, colour , sharpness and detail.
Much to like.

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