Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring

Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring

Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church is a parish of the Roman Catholic Church in Maryland in the United States founded by Fr. John Carroll in 1774. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Washington and its archbishop. It is named after Saint John the Evangelist.

The church has existed for well over 200 years, and was the first secular church in the United States. Its first chapel was built on land owned by Carroll's mother. It currently runs two separate churches, known as the "Main" or "New Church" located at 10103 Georgia Ave Silver Spring, MD 20902, built in 1962 and the "Historic" or "Old Church" located at 9700 Rosensteel Ave. Forest Glen, MD 20910, built in 1894. The parish also owns a school called Saint John the Evangelist Elementary, across Woodland Drive from the Main Church. Started in 1950, the school goes from Pre-K to eighth grade.

In Cardinal James Gibbons' speech at the laying the cornerstone of the old church at Forest Glen, he stated that St. John the Evangelist was "...the Bethlehem of the church in America..." with the understood metaphor of Baltimore being the Jerusalem.


* Pastor: Rev. Msgr. John R. Pennington
* Parochial Vicar: Rev. Mark E. Tucker
* Parochial Vicar: Rev. Michael Tietjen


*Saint John the Evangelist The History of the Parish 1774-1984

External links

* [ Saint John the Evangelist Parish official website]

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