UNITING THE CHURCHES OF THE ELM CITY
As the Archdiocese of Hartford guides New Haven into its next chapter of Catholic life, the Churches of St. Anthony, St. Francis, St. Joseph, St. Martin de Porres, St. Mary, St. Michael, St. Rose of Lima, and St. Stanislaus (the Parishes of St. Anthony, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Mary, St. Martin de Porres, St. Michael, and St. Stanislaus) will over time join together as one vibrant Catholic community. Though these Churches span different cultures, languages, and traditions, all are united in the Body of Christ.
“While the churches in the city of New Haven experienced some alteration during the first wave of Pastoral Planning in 2017, the plan now is to initiate an even more substantial change to support its Catholic population. Instead of simply closing or merging weakening or failing parishes, the goal is to bring the priests, churches, ministries, and resources of the city together, uniting them in the hopes of creating a stronger, more vibrant Catholic community and culture. Thus the Archdiocese will now be implementing a new, united ‘municipal model’ for the city of New Haven. The several parishes in New Haven will be brought together into a single new entity, still keeping a number of existing church buildings and serving thousands of diverse parishioners.”