In Good Old Dorchester, Orcutt provides a history of the early churches of the town. From 1630 until 1806, the town had only one church, first at Pleasant and Pond Streets and later at Meeting House Hill, The clash between conservative and liberal views at the Second Church resulted in the formation of the Third Church, a Unitarian group in 1813. The nineteenth century saw a great proliferation of churches that has continued to the present.

The following dates may not be official.  Sometimes congregations met before becoming formal organizations.

First Church, Meeting House Hill, 1630

Second Church, Codman Square, 1806

Third Church, Lower Mills, 1813 

First Methodist Church, Lower Mills, 1818

Village Congregational Church, Lower Mills, 1829

First Baptist Church, Neponset, 1836

Stoughton Street Baptist Church, 1845

Mattapan Methodist Episcopal Church, 1845

St. Gregory’s Roman Catholic Church, 1847

St. Mary’s Church, Episcopal, 1847

Christ Church, the Third Unitarian Society, 1852

St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 1862

All Saints Ashmont, Episcopal, 1874

Pilgrim Trinitarian Congregational Church

St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 1862

Appleton Methodist Church, 1848

Ashmont Universalist Church, 1894

Assemblea de Iglesia Cristiana

Baker Memorial Methodist Church, 1876

Berean Temple Baptist Church

Bethany Baptist Church, 1871

Blaney Memoraial Baptist Church, 1882

Central Congregational Church, 1888

Channing Unitarian Church, 1900

Christ Community Church

Church of the Holy Spirit, 1896

Church of the Unity

Congregation Agudath Israel, 1924

Congregation Chai Odom

Congregation Chevra Shas

Congregation Hadrath Israel

Congregation Kehilleth Jacob

Congregation Linas Hazedek

Congregation Mishkan Israel

Congregation  Mishkan Tefila

Dorchester Temple Baptist Church, 1886

Epiphany Church or Church of the Epiphany, 1906.

Greenwood Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, 1869

Grove Hall Universalist Church, 1878

Harvard Congregational Church

Holy Family Church

Holy Tabernacle Church

Immanuel Baptist Church, 1897

Kingdom Builders Worship Center

Morning Star Baptist Church

Mt. Hope Chapel

Mt. Pleasant Methodist Episcopal Church

New Testatment Pentecostal Church

Norfolk Unitarian Church

Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Vasa Church, 1919

Parkman Street Methodist Church, 1874

Pentecostal House of Prayer

Romsey Congregational Church, 1903

Russian Orthodox Church of the Epiphany

Second Methodist Church

St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, 1914

St. Angela Roman Catholic Church, 1907

St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 1889

St. Anne Episcopal Church, 1881

St. Brendan Roman Catholic Church, 1929

St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church, 1956

St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church

St. John Roman Catholic Church

St. Kevin Roman Catholic Church, 1940

St. Leo Roman Catholic Church, 1902

St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, now Saint Teresa, 1893

St. Mark Episcopal Church, 1906

St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 1905

St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, 1900

St. Paul Presbyterian Church, 1911

St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 1896

St. William Roman Catholic Church, 1909

Zion Temple Holy Church