St. Mary's Church

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This church, the first Catholic church in Rhode Island, was cursed by the Protestants who threatened that the one who broke ground on it would be doomed to lie beneath it forever. That person was the original builder’s wife, Mary. Her ghost is still said to haunt the church, turning on and off lights, blowing out candles, and moving items from place to place. She is a friendly ghost and is reported to be accepted as a member of the congregation by the parishioners and priests.

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70 Church Street,
West Warwick, Rhode Island 02893
United States

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41.6870802, -71.52015870000002
Kent County, Rhode Island
Nearest Towns:
West Warwick, RI (0.7 mi.)
East Greenwich, RI (3.8 mi.)
Warwick, RI (5.4 mi.)
Exeter, RI (7.6 mi.)
Cranston, RI (7.7 mi.)
West Greenwich, RI (8.0 mi.)
Coventry, RI (8.4 mi.)
North Kingstown, RI (9.9 mi.)
Clayville, RI (10.2 mi.)
North Scituate, RI (10.6 mi.)

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  1. I live in the area, and my whole family attends this church. I took CCD class a few years ago here, and after class the teacher took us into the church, and Mary was able to blow out a few candles on command. Pretty creepy, me and a few other people ran out of the building!

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