The Italian Feastival of The Healing Saints Cosmas and Damian


The Founders of Our Society

The first feast was held without Statues of the Saints. The following individuals were the initial members of the Men's Society. They are credited for sending to Italy for our Statues of  Saints Cosmas and Damian.  Each member donated equally toward the total cost of $265 for the Statues and $90 for the cabinet in which they would be kept. The Statues arrived in crates which were opened in the home of Cosmo Pennacchio on Porter Street in East Cambridge. The original Agreements of the Committee were drawn and registered by the Law Office of Joseph Cherubino, 129 Fifth Street, East Cambridge, MA, on August 6th, 1927. The Men's Society eventually accepted additional members and held meetings separately from the Women's Society until 1993 when it melded together with the Women's Society.

Cosmo Pennacchio

Gerardo Cervone

Gennaro DeVellis

Antonio DeVellis

Francesco DeVellis

Francesco Strozzi

Alessandro Buonagurio

Antonio Marzullo

Giuseppe Santangelo

Damiano Petingi

Gennaro Papa 
(who passed away on January 2, 1927 and was succeeded by his wife Marianna)


Saints are taken out of the Chapel Maddy Leccese passes money ribbon during procession Raising the Saints
The chapel prior to renovation The Society women in procession to Church Feast Mass



The following individuals were the founders and initial members of the Women's Society. They organized on July 5th 1937, under the name of, "Associazione Cattolica Femminile, S.S. Cosmo e Damiano, di Cambridge, e Somerville, Massachusetts". They were led by Marietta Colarutolo, and they met at, The Columbus Association, a local social club located at 48 Warren Street, East Cambridge, MA. The group formally registered itself with the State of Massachusetts on June 2nd, 1938. The Society, again led by Marietta Colaruotolo, purchased a parcel of land located at 17 Porter Street, East Cambridge, MA, in April of 1948. The condemned house which occupied the land was demolished by Gaetano Amendola and Giuseppe Gallena, and the existing chapel was built to house the Saints.

Marietta Colaruotolo

Anna Amendola

Libera Reale

Maria Giacchetto

Lena Giacchetto

Carmela Giacchetto

Francesca Petinci

Marion Papa

Mary Napolitano

Anna Laura

Louise Sabella

Bettina Carvello

Giacomina Miele

Fortunata Grassia

Mary Grassia

Assunta DiBiase

Eva DiBiase

Nancy Durrazzano

Regina DeCarolis

Louise Fedele

Ida Lombardi

Vincenzina Leccese

Anna Albano

Maria DiMille

Civita DiNitto

Nancy Capomaggio

Carmela DiVasto

Candita Ferrante

Civita Farinata

Civita Leccese

Antonietta Tucci

Rosa Grimaldi

Anna Camelio

Maria Cesarale

Loreta DiFava

Maria Petricone

Giacomina Romano

Maria Romanini

Grazia Mesiano

Nancy DiCecca

Rose Restuccia

Adelina DiCicco

Angelina Ciampi

Anna Viola

Angelina DeLorenzo

Rose Muscara

Maria DiRusso

Filomena Trani

Mary Scalesse

Angelina Vecchiarelle

Maria Geranio

Elonora Cincotta

Nancy Uglietti

Anne Leccese

Francesca Miele

Anna Petinci

Concetta Mancini

Calogera Insolaco

Civita Uglietti

Anna Uglietti

Vincenza Soccorso

Mary Gentile

Gaetana Giardone

Antonietta Goffredo

Nancy DiBiase

Assunta DiNucci

Carmela DiVasto

Maddelena Cavicchio

Concetta Sguizzero

Assunta DiVasto

Vincenzina D'Ovidio

Nancy Ventura

Elisabetta Lollaggio

Petronilla Mosica

Rose Passerine

Marietta D'Ovidio

Concetta DeVellis

Filomena Notargiacomo

Elvira Bisesti

Grazia LaFauce

Concetta Costa

Francesca Rubino

Mary Catanzano

Mary Pasquariello

Mary DiFazio

Mary Pariselli

Rose D'Ovidio

Jenny DiMarino

Rose Buonaugurio

Elisa Limosano

Clara Parrazzo



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