St. Mary's Church (New Haven, Connecticut)

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St. Mary's Church, summer 2014.
General information
Architectural styleGothic Revival
Town or cityNew Haven, Connecticut
CountryUnited States of America
Completed1834 (destroyed)
1874 (present church)
Demolished1848 (fire)
ClientRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford
Technical details
Structural systemStone masonry
Design and construction
ArchitectJames Murphy (for the 1874 church)
Front gable, photographed in 2008
St. Mary's New Haven Sanctuary

The Church of St. Mary, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, is the parish church of the second oldest Roman Catholic parish in Connecticut. The parish was established in 1832 and is located near Yale University. The Knights of Columbus was founded here in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, who was then the church's assistant pastor;[1] McGivney's remains are interred within the church. The church is currently run by friars of the Dominican Order. In 2018, the parish of Saint Mary was consolidated with the parish of Saint Joseph in East Rock, New Haven; both church buildings remain open for regularly schedule worship, and the combined parish continues to use the Saint Mary name.[2]


The first church used by Saint Mary's was built in 1834. It burned down in 1848. The current church at 5 Hillhouse Avenue was dedicated in 1874. It was designed by the eminent architect James Murphy of Providence, Rhode Island. The construction of a Catholic Church on Hillhouse Avenue was strongly opposed by the Protestant elite who lived in the area.[3]

Since February 2019, the Saint Mary church building has been temporarily closed for emergency repairs; century old plaster had come loose and fallen from the ceiling.[4] All services were held in Saint Joseph's.

The Saint Joseph church building was completed in 1904.[2]

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  1. ^ The Early Years, Knights of Columbus website. Accessed February 3, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "About Saint Joseph's Church". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  3. ^ Koehlinger, Amy (Winter 2004). ""Let Us Live for Those Who Love Us": Faith, Family, and the Contours of Manhood among the Knights of Columbus in Late Nineteenth-Century Connecticut". Journal of Social History. 38 (2): 455–469. doi:10.1353/jsh.2004.0126. JSTOR 3790447.
  4. ^ "St. Mary Church in New Haven closed for repairs to plaster". February 20, 2019. Retrieved April 3, 2019.

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Coordinates: 41°18′43″N 72°55′26″W / 41.3119°N 72.9240°W / 41.3119; -72.9240