Op-ed: “Notre Dame, Mount Carmel and Martin Luther King”

David O’Brien:

On this Martin Luther King holiday, local Catholics depressed by the impending demolition of two of Worcester’s landmark churches might find in King’s legacy some ideas for renewing the mission and hopefulness of their community.

Right now the rapidly approaching doom of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, long home for the city’s Italian Americans, and the beautiful center-city Notre Dame des Canadiens Church, built by Worcester French Canadians provide the latest, and perhaps most dramatic, signs of not-for-the-better change for the city’s Catholics.