ncluded Malden, Medford, Melrose, South Reading (now Wakefield), Reading, Stoneham and Winchester.
The first Mass was said in Greene's Hall, on the corner of Pleasant and Middlesex streets in Malden.
It is estimated that more than two hundred Catholics were present on that occasion.
Father Ryan called his people together and told them a building was needed at once for a church.
It proved to be difficult to buy land.
As Malden was more thickly settled than Medford, it was decided to find a last June, and he spoke from the altar most feelingly of his admiration for the saintly character of Father Donnelly, of the privilege it had been to be associated with him, and also most appreciatingly of the kindness he had received from both Catholics and Protestants during the short term of his ministry in Medford.
Father Donnelly was succeeded by the Rev. Michael Gilligan, who labored most earnestly among us for fourteen years. The old church on High street had become inadequate to the