The Jesuits’ successors in Thessaloniki since 1783, the Fathers Lazarists continued the mission in Eastern Macedonia. With rare visits, during the first decades, they settled permanently in Kavala on October 13th, 1887. The first Lazarist, who lived in Kavala until 1896, was Fr. Kazimir Hypert. He writes on September 1st, 1887 in “Calendar of Kavala’s Church”: “On September 1st, I received a telegram from Mr. Wartz, who called me urgently to his house because his infant was seriously ill. I said goodbye to my colleagues and the next day, at noon, I was at my destination… At the port, Mr. Wartz’s valet told me that the infant had died… Since there was no chapel in Kavala, the child was given his blessing to his house. There, I read the appropriate blessings, as told by the Russian prayer book… The whole town gathered to see how the Franks’ funeral takes place. Then, we boarded the ship and left for the City. There, the parents’ desire for the child to be buried in the Catholic cemetery was fulfilled.”
Then, the Catholics of that region sent a request to General Fr. Anthony Fiat for the foundation of the Lazarists’ Mission. He accepted the request and on September 25th, he appointed Fr. Hypert as manager.
On November 25th, the inauguration of the chapel, dedicated to Paul the Apostle, took place inside Mr. Sponty’s house. Since 1888, a small School began operating. And in 1889, the kaymakam offered land to the Mission to turn into a Catholic cemetery.
The current commune “Saint Paul” was built in 1900 by the builder of the Mission, Fr. Stefano Jougla, who in 1902 built the School (which no longer exists), which was named after John Gaviil Perboyre, a Lazarist martyr in China.