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Address: 12 Williams Street, Newport, RI 02848
Phone Number: +1 401-847-0475
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

A National Historic Landmark and Rhode Island's oldest Catholic Parish...

A National Historic Landmark and Rhode Island's oldest Catholic Parish where the Kennedys were married.

Each Tuesday afternoon at 3pm, "Return to Camelot" to re-live the special day of September 12,1953 when Jacqueline Bouvier married then Senator John F. Kennedy. Watch vintage film clips and listen to a live performance of music and song from their wedding ceremony and reception at Hammersmith Farm, Jackie's summer home in Newport.

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Where worship and history meet

What a beautiful church! And to be where John Kennedy married his beautiful bride was to take a step back into time. Sitting in the pew, I could almost see in my mind's eye their... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Lee Ann K

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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful church! And to be where John Kennedy married his beautiful bride was to take a step back into time. Sitting in the pew, I could almost see in my mind's eye their wedding taking place here, but I couldn't help wondering where they put all of the people that must have been invited. There was a little... More 

Thank Lee Ann K
Newport, Rhode Island
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11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Finally, the best Catholic Church ever. An absolutely gorgeous building inside and out, architecturally and spiritually. A very friendly and welcoming congregation with beautiful music. No stuffiness, no Frozen Chosen, but no rolling in the aisles either. The Pastor and Pastor Emeritus deliver short (3 minutes -- no kidding!), pithy sermons that make you really think without making you not... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

In this quaint church is where the wedding of Jack Kennedy to Jacqueline Bouvier occurred. They have tours of the church and have a walking tour of 4 churches in the summer time.

Thank Joan R
los angeles, California, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Went here for a wedding and was perfect. The stained glass windows lets in some great light and adds to the special occasion. The detail of the stone and architecture inside is great, overall just a beautiful church. There was a lot of church-provided parking, three small separate lots, tandem style but fits the needs since most guests are coming/leaving... More 

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Suffield, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

This church is understated in its elegance and the Mass is beautiful with organ music and a cantor. It's interesting to look about and think that Jackie and John Kennedy were married here and it's great to take a step back in history to see where it all happened.

Thank AnneMarie B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I can imagine this was the perfect setting for Jackie and JFK's wedding, what a beautiful church with gorgeous gothic arches and stained glass windows. But the real don't miss attraction is the Sunday afternoon free organ concert, a fabulous organist, a soprano, and guitar, I'll never forget it, called St. Mary's Greatest Hits, included classical, Ava Maria, and more... More 

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Corning New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

On Tuesdays in the summer they have a presentation about the Kennedy wedding, we were lucky enough to be able to attend. The priest does a wonderful job of sharing insight into that day, there are photographs and video of the wedding. Also, the talented organist performs songs that were played during the wedding. This was a treat!

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Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Beautiful church! We attended the 11 am mass and appreciated how welcoming all the parishioners were. Beautiful wood and windows and the music was heavenly. But please don't be like the lady that walked in during service and walk up to the front and snap pictures on her phone then walk out. She won rude tourist of the day award.

Thank Cheryl M
Lockport, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

JFK and Jackie O were married here, what else could make this a perfect stop in Newport? Historic, beautifully maintained, and there was Mass, concerts, and special tours daily.

Thank Kirsten S
Wilmette, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Our original intention was to visit a beautiful Church in Newport Rhode Island. We happend to be there on a Sunday where they were showing "Return to Camelot". We took a chance and decided to pay the $15 for the experience. We were all very glad we did. It was a beautiful experience in a very beautiful old Church. Great... More 

Thank Andy E

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