The story of the Catholic Presence in Houlton begins at a time etched in the greater history of Aroostook County. In 1828, during the border dispute between the U.S. and Great Britain, Brevet-Brigadier General Brady, colonel of the 2 regiment of Infantry of the U.S. requested the presence of Father McMahon of Eastport to administer the Sacred Sacraments to the soldiers at Hancock barracks in Houlton. Then at the close of the “Bloodless Aroostook War” it became evident that a resident pastor was needed to care for the growing Catholic population. In 1839, the Bishop of Boston answered the people’s prayers by sending Father Daugherty to Houlton as the first pastor of St. Mary of the Visitation.
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