by Dr. Daniel Honore, NEC President
On July 31, 2018, the Brockton Portuguese SDA Church completed its acquisition of a new church building situated at 127 Quincy Street I on the Brockton- Abington, MA town line at a cost of $1.2 Million. The Church has outgrown its current 300 seat sanctuary on Warren Avenue. The new facility offers seating capacity for 800 on a four-acre property which also includes ample paved parking and a former parish hall. The building originally housed the St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church until it was sold to the Living Stones Christian Center after the former merged with another Catholic parish.
“We are delighted that the new church will allow us to grow again” states Pastor Marcos Seifert. The Brockton Portuguese Church has a membership of 301 with another hundred in attendance each week. Their present Church building was purchased ten years ago from the Brockton Temple Haitian Church. Like that congregation, Brockton Portuguese outgrew the Warren Avenue facility and was forced to hold larger services in the gymnasium. This past March the church members got a foretaste of the new facilities by renting them for a weeklong revival. The Brockton Portuguese is the oldest of seven Portuguese language churches in the Northeastern Conference. The church was recently the venue for a revival this past March.