About Our Parish
Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish was founded in 1911, under the Archdiocese of Seattle. In the year 1913, Father Louis Caramello, S.J. was called from Montreal to care for the large Italian Colony in the city and environs of Seattle. He built immediately the Church and school to which he gave the name “Our Lady of Mt. Virgin.”
This title derives from a beautiful and ancient shrine of the Blessed Virgin “ll Santuario di Montevergine,” set in the lap of a hill in Irpino, near Avellino. This Benedictine Monastery, here, was founded in the year 1119 by St. William of Vercelli, a Saint from Father Caramello’s home diocese. And the unique picture of the Virgin Mary which is the chief relic and object of veneration in this shrine was brought from the East in the year 1310. A special feast of Our Lady of Mount Virgin is celebrated at the shrine each first day of September.
Today, Our Lady of Mount Virgin remains a beacon to immigrants, besides Italians, it also serves Catholics from Laos, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam. Most masses are celebrated in multiple languages.