A Brief History
- 1852 Fr. John Lynch, Pastor of Chester, ministered to Catholics in Clinton.
- 1887 Clinton Catholics became part of the parish Church in Guilford.
- 1913 Fr. Francis Murray, Pastor in Guilford, purchased our present land.
- 1914 The first church was dedicated and given the title of St. Mary Church of the Visitation.
- 1934 Clinton became its’ own parish with Fr. James Kane as the first pastor. Madison became our mission church.
- 1936 St. Mary Cemetery on Beach Park Rd was acquired and consecrated.
- 1946 St. Mary Church in Clinton and St. Margaret Church in Madison were made separate parishes. Fr. Charles O’Leary was appointed Pastor in Clinton.
- 1952 Fr. Walter Keenan became Pastor of St. Mary Church.
- 1953 Connecticut was divided into three dioceses. Clinton became part of the Norwich diocese under Bishop Flanagan.
- 1956 Ground was broken for the new St. Mary Church.
- 1957 The new St. Mary church was dedicated.
- 1980 Fr. Dennis Jarry was appointed Pastor.
- 1988 Fr. Michael Sequeira was appointed Pastor.
- 1991 A new roof was put on the Church and the Sanctuary was renovated.
- 1992 Improvements to the Church Hall were begun with the painting of the ceiling and replacement of the lighting.
- 1994 New stained glass windows were installed in the church.
- 1995 Annex was added to the Church Hall for offices. New stained glass window was installed in the apex.
- 1997 Capital Campaign began for new Parish Center.
- 2000 New Parish Center was dedicated.
- 2012 Fr. Michael Giannitelli was appointed Pastor.
- 2016 Fr. George Richards was appointed Parochial Vicar.
- 2022 Fr. Daniel Long was appointed Pastor.
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