When construction was completed, the Cathedral was officially opened (on August 15,1965), led by the Archbishop of Boston, Richard Cardinal Cushing, who was serving as the Papal Legate ( personal representative of the Pope). Documentation indicates that Cardinal Cushing had given $200,000 towards the Cathedral building fund on behalf of the Irish-American community in-and-around Boston (we wonder if the Boston community knew of this and agreed with the money being given. Hmmm?).
According to reviews, the structure is a mix of architectural styles; Renaissance on the exterior facade; Gothic arches in the Nave; with a Spanish feel to the side aisles; and a Romanesque tower. The interior is a repository of religious art covering the last 50 years or so. Behind the altar is a huge Crucifixion mosaic that has been described as being made of “...impossibly tiny colored tiles.”
While the Poor Clare Nuns no longer own the property, they do still maintain a convent nearby.
We have enjoyed visiting various religious buildings of differing denominations as we traveled the world, including the Galway Cathedral.. However, we never-the-less were surprised at how relatively young this building was.