St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr's Parish, Chicopee

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St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr's Parish
566 Front St, Chicopee MA.jpg
Coordinates: 42°08′52.2″N 72°35′42.5″W / 42.147833°N 72.595139°W / 42.147833; -72.595139
Location 570 Front Street
Chicopee, Massachusetts
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website Parish website
Founded 1891 (1891)
Founder(s) Polish immigrants
Dedication St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr's
Parish Conventual Franciscans
Diocese Springfield in Massachusetts
Province Boston
Division Region 7
Bishop(s) Most Rev. Timothy A. McDonnell
Vicar(s) Fr. Rev Mieczyslaw Wit OFM Conv
Pastor(s) Fr. Michael Zielke OFM Conv
Deacon(s) Rev Mr Charles Wainwright

St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr's Parish - designated for Polish immigrants in Chicopee, Massachusetts, United States. Founded 1891, it is one of the Polish-American Roman Catholic parishes in New England in the Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts.


In 1890 Bishop Patrick O'Reilly appointed Fr. Franciszek Chalupka spiritual adviser to the group responsible for organizing new parishes and entrusted him with organizing a new St. Stanislaus Parish in Chicopee, Massachusetts for Polish immigrants.

In 1902 the Franciscans of the Province of St. Anthony of Padua,[1] took over the parish.

On July 7, 1991 during the parish's centennial celebrations, Pope John Paul II raised the status of the church to a "minor basilica".


Second Church

The first, wooden, church of St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr was in the place where now stands a parochial St. Stanislaus School. First Christmas Eve Mass was celebrated by Fr. Franciszek Chalupka in 1891 in an unfinished church. The church was the first church in the St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr's Parish, and the first Polish-American church in the western part of Massachusetts.

Second church[edit]

To accommodate the growing number of parishioners, the large brown stone second church in the Baroque Revival Style cathedral-like style was built in 1908 on Front St. It can accommodate about 800 parishioners in the main and two side naves. In 1920 a pipe organ was installed.

The basilica has stained glass windows, between which walls are decorated with Stations of the Cross. Carved and painted figures are placed in small niches. The architect for this church was Reiley and Steinback of New York.

Lower church[edit]

The style of the lower church is more contemporary. It is used daily for various services. A large collection of relics in reliquaries is displayed in specially built cabinets near the sacristy.


  • St. Stanislaus School, Chicopee (Grade PK -8)



  • The 150'th Anniversary of Polish-American Pastoral Ministry. Webster, Massachusetts: St. Joseph Basilica. September 11, 2005. 

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