undaunted parishioners were not to be discouraged.
The stately and noble church which we now occupy arose, and the congregation moved into the chapel in the basement, finding it most commodious and cheerful.
Indeed, it was so much so that Father Gilligan used to say, We are so comfortable here I fear it will be difficult to finish the interior of the upper church.
Alas! he did not live to see his great work completed, for in 1900 he passed away, after a long and painful illness.
In March, 1900, the Rev. Thomas L. Flanagan came to Medford from the parish of Stoneham, where he had been pastor for some years.
He was an intimate friend of Father Gilligan, and he took up the work of completing the new church as Father Gilligan laid it down.
And indeed, as we review the twelve years that he has been in Medford, the amount accomplished by his efforts, with the hearty co-operation of the parish, seems quite wonderful.
The large debt which he found on the church has been paid off, a