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For local members of the Mount Calvary Holy Church of America in Roxbury, their church at 9-19 Otisfield Street is a property meant to serve its neighborhood through religious services and other community programing. A conflict with the national ministry of the same name that acts as an umbrella organization for the Boston church and other affiliates across the country may pose a challenge to that mission.

The national ministry Mount Calvary Holy Church of America, based in Washington, D.C., wants to demolish the Otisfield Street buildings and build housing there said Queen Wornum, a community activist and organizer and long-time member of the Roxbury church.

To protect the building and its history, members of the local congregation are working to designate the church as a local landmark with the City of Boston’s Landmark Commission.

The church building, which was constructed in the early 1900s as a synagogue for Roxbury’s Jewish community, was given to the Mount Calvary Holy Church is 1961.