1944Frances Aiello founded the Mother of Grace Club during World War II.People and Communities, Italian History, Local Organizations

Gloucester Daily Times. “Fr. O’Brien Tells Mother of Grace Club He Is Proud to Have Them in Parish.” November 23, 1948.
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With men fighting World War II, the women at home in Gloucester decided to form a group that would come together to pray for their safe return. At first, they met at Frances Aiello’s home to pray the rosary, however, as more women joined the group, they needed a larger place to pray together. Mayor Weston U. Friend offered a 100-year lease for $1 on an abandoned building at 48 Washington Street, where they raised money for repairs on the building. The club was chartered as the Mother of Grace Society on May 26, 1953. Today, the group prays for world peace.

McKinnon, Virginia (Frontiero). “My View: The Story of the Mother of Grace Club.” Gloucester Daily Times, September 15, 2015. https://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/my-view-the-story-of-the-mother-of-grace-club/article_e9870dbd-6f80-52d1-8697-08b807121e40.html.
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