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Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel
Orange, Essex County

In 1896 a Catholic chapel for the Italians of Orange was built on Matthew Street at Frankfort in what was then known as "little Italy." The chapel was used as a mission of the Italian Church in Newark, and was dedicated on Christmas Day, 1897 to St. Michael the Archangel. This chapel was in constant use until 1902, when a larger church (which has since been demolished and replaced by an even larger church in the 1930s) was built on South Center Street and named Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Due to financial difficulties, the larger church closed (temporarily) in 1912 and the abandoned Chapel of St. Michael was repaired and reopened as a mission of the Church of Mt. Carmel. Masses and services took place in both structures until about 1926, when the Chapel of St. Michael was given to the Figli d'Italia (Sons of Italy). It is now occupied by the First Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church.




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