About St. Mary’s


Bidding of the Icons 2021

Dear Parishioners, Members, and Friends of St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church:

You are cordially invited to attend our Bidding of the Icons to be held via Zoom on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm.

Please check with the church at smc.worc@gmail.com to ensure we have your email address in order for you to receive a link to participate in this important and historically significant fundraising event for the church.

Without your help, your prayers, your interest, and your support we would be unable to fulfill our mission in Worcester and beyond.

Thank you for your participation, your pledge, and your gift for the year 2021.

2021 ICON Day Live Streaming Participation and Procedures:

  1. You will be sent a Zoom invitation to your email and you will use the link provided to join the meeting.
  2. The link will be available at 1:00 pm on Sunday, January 24, 2021.
  3. Once you have joined the program, you can listen to the presenters for further instructions.
  4. If you plan to donate to a particular ICON, please give the presenters your name when you do so.
  5. After the bidding, you will be contacted by the Church to finalize your donation and make arrangement to receive the icon.




This St. Mary’s scholarship fund was made possible by a bequest received from the Mary Sahagen-Lonstein Living Trust.  Eligible students may complete the application online at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation website now at www.greaterworcester.org.

Last year’s recipients of the scholarship were Androniqi Danga and Nikola Duka.



worshipOn August 13, 1911, the Albanians of Worcester organized a Chapter of St George’s Cathedral of Boston. Four years later, in 1915, this branch was organized into the Church of St Mary’s Assumption.  From 1911-1917, services were held in various halls. In 1918, a German Presbyterian Church on 63 Wellington St was purchased. But at that time, only the first floor was completed. The second floor was completed by our parishioners. The Church was designed and styled to be a replica of St George in Korce, Albania. The Icons were painted by the Rev Naum Cere who had studied iconography in Odessa. In the late forties, the main entrance of St Mary’s was extended and in 1956, the Church underwent major restoration.

On June 15, 1979, 10.6 acres of land at 535 Salisbury St were purchased from the Pearson family. In 1980, over 3 adjoining acres were donated to St Mary’s. Our new Byzantine-style Church was designed by the architectural firm of Isaac & Isaac of Manchester, NH, an Albanian architect, Andrew Isaak. The first Liturgy was held on October 3, 1982.


Reverend Pandi Sinitza 1918
Archimandrite Thimi Theodos 1920
Reverend Naum Cere 1925
Archimandrite Thimi Theodos 1927
Very Reverend Sokrat Soter 1946
Very Reverend Christo Costa 1964
Reverend Sotir Dilogika 1970
Very Reverend Peter Krochta 1973
Reverend Dragan Filipovic 1975
Very Reverend Spero Page 1976
Reverend Dennis Schutte 1994
Very Reverend Spero Page 2000
Reverend Theodore Sakellar 2001
Very Reverend Spero Page 2004
Father Dennis Nagi 2005
Father Timothy Creemens 2009
Father Timothy Lowe 2013
Father Mark Doku 2021