St. Mary/St. Benedict Parish – St. Benedict Church

Parish History

In summer of 1923, the Most Reverend Joseph Schrembs established the parish of St. Benedict, placing it under the care of the Benedictine Fathers of the Archabbey of St. Vincent in Latrobe, PA. The Rev James Spalding O.S.B was appointed as the first resident Pastor on August 4, 1923. In September of 1923, a temporary church was constructed. On Sunday, November 11, 1923, the first Mass was offered in the building, which was given the name of St. Benedict. The present church edifice was constructed and dedicated in 1925.

Mission Statement

We are people of God, celebrating our faith as St. Mary/St. Benedict Parish in Canton, Ohio. With diverse roots and unique talents, we strive to live out our baptismal commitment to love and serve God and neighbor.

As we gather in prayer and worship, to praise our Lord, we share a communion of faith, grace, and service.

We endeavor to live as Christians by reaching out to our brothers and sisters, proclaiming the Word, demonstrating compassion, and by sharing our faith through evangelization in order to make our parish a community of love and service.

St. Mary/St. Benedict Parish History

On May 28, 2010, Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J. Bishop of Youngstown announced the merging of two Canton parishes: St. Mary Immaculate Conception and St. Benedict. These two parishes officially merged on March 25, 2011 with a new name of: St. Mary/St. Benedict Parish. A single parish with two worship sites. The Rev. Benson Claret Okpara, PhD. was appointed as the Administrator. In 2019 Deacon Randolph Smith was appointed by Bishop Murry as the new Parish Leader. Under his leadership, we have continued to knit together our unique gifts and talents, with a sense of warmth and enthusiasm to maintain our dedication to serving the local community.


2207 Third Street South East
Canton, Ohio 44707

Mailing Address:
1602 Market Avenue South
Canton, Ohio 44707

Contact Information:

Phone: 330.453.2110
Fax: 330.438.4028


Mass Times:

Sunday: 11:00am

Rev. Thomas Kraszewski, V.F., Canonical Pastor
Deacon Randolph Smith, Parish Leader
Rev. J. Patrick Manning, Ph.D., Sacramental Minister