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St. Mary's Church, New Haven

#5 of 6 in Historic Sites in New Haven
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St. Mary Parish is a Roman Catholic parish in New Haven, Connecticut, part of the Archdiocese of Hartford. The Parish of St. Mary consists of two churches: St. Mary's Church on Hillhouse Avenue, and St. Joseph's Church in the East Rock section of New Haven.

The Church of St. Mary's, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, was the first Catholic Church in New Haven, and the second oldest Roman Catholic parish in Connecticut. The parish was established in 1832 and is located near Yale University. It is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford. In 1882, Michael J. McGivney, the church's assistant pastor, founded the Knights of Columbus at the parish. McGivney, who remains are interred within the church, was beatified by Pope Francis in 2020. Since 1886, the St. Mary's parish has been run by friars of the Dominican Order.

In 2018, the parish of St. Mary was consolidated with the nearby parish of St. Joseph; both church buildings remain open for regularly schedule worship, and the combined parish continues to use the St. Mary name.
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  • This is a gem of Roman Catholic culture in the heart of Yale University. The Dominican friars tend to the spiritual needs of the parish and have created a vibrant community over the years.  more »
  • It seems most reviewers are talking about St. Mary's on Hillhouse ave, a wonderful and lively Catholic parish, with many young families and a community of Dominican priests. It was there that Fr...  more »
  • Beautiful church. Lovely history with the Knights of Columbus.
  • Extremely great pastor. All the proust our very passionate about what they do. Amazing homilies

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