Prized Pipe Organ Returns To St. Mary’s Church In Newport

Apr 19, 2017

St. Mary’s Church in Newport is getting its prized 60 year old pipe organ back, Wednesday, after months of restoration in Canada.

St. Mary’s Priest, Father Kris Von Maluski, says work was overdue after decades of use.

“Pipes were breaking and cracking and then the whole organ itself was leaning forward so we knew it had to be done,” said Von Maluski.

St. Mary’s Church is almost two hundred years old. It served as the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel during the Civil War. It’s now on the National Register of Historical Places, attracting tourists from all over the world.

Von Maluski says the restoration of the organ also provides St. Mary’s to serve the Newport community.

“We have this beautiful instrument we’re trying to use to add to the culture of Newport too. We’re in the process of talking to different organizations where they will be allowed to come to the church and use it as a concert hall,” explained Von Maluski.

Von Maluski says it will take two weeks to put the 30,000 piece organ back together.

St. Mary’s is probably best known as the place where John F. Kennedy, and then Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, got married.