Church of the Most Holy Virgin Mary – Star of the Seas in Šventoji

Catholic parish in Šventoji was founded in 1939, the chaplain of the ship “President Smetona”, priest A. Račkauskas was appointed administrator of the parish. Temporary church for the parish was built by Prelate J. Galdikas at his own expense (in one kilometre from the port, near the River Šventoji). Construction of the new church designed by architects R. Krištapavičius and G. Aperavičius was started in 1991. In 2003 the church was consecrated by Bishop J. Boruta. The church in Šventoji satisfies religious needs not only of the permanent residents but of tourists arriving to Šventoji during the summer season. The parish attracts young people; there are family centres and other Catholic organizations.