Diocese sells former Holy Rosary Chapel to Coptic Church


FALL RIVER, Mass. — The Holy Rosary Chapel, formerly Holy Rosary Church, located at 84 Beattie Street has been sold for $400,000 according to city deed records. 

The closing happened on Friday, June 28 and the buyer is listed as St. Mary and St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church, Inc. 

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., Bishop of Fall River, owned the property and went in front of the Zoning Board of Appeals on February 21 to request a variance. The Fall River Diocese was granted a variance to subdivide the property at Beattie Street into two parcels. 

They planned to leave the existing residential structure (rectory) and garage on one parcel to allow use for up to a four-family dwelling; while leaving the existing Holy Rosary Chapel and other structures on the remaining parcel. 

Lot 1, which is the site of the former church, is 9,900 square feet and Lot 2, containing the rectory and garage, is 25,000 square feet.

Holy Rosary Chapel was officially closed on Nov. 25, 2018 and is capable of seating 300 people.

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