St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish (Middletown, Connecticut)

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St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish
Coordinates: 41°33′13.7″N 72°38′57.5″W / 41.553806°N 72.649306°W / 41.553806; -72.649306
Location 79 South Main Street
Middletown, Connecticut[1]
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website Parish web site
Founded 1903 (1903)
Founder(s) Polish immigrants
Dedication St. Mary of Czestochowa
Diocese Norwich
Province Hartford
Bishop(s) Most Rev. Michael Richard Cote
Pastor(s) Rev. Richard Sliwinski

St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish (Polish: Parafia św. Marii Częstochowskiej w Middletown) is a Catholic church parish in Middletown, Connecticut that was founded for Polish immigrants. The St. Mary of Czestochowa Church is a church building at 79 South Main Street in Middletown.

The parish was founded in 1903. It is one of the Polish-American Roman Catholic parishes in New England in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich.


With 300 Polish families resident in the city, Middletown’s Poles had determined to build a church of their own in 1902. A small group planned the organization of the St. Mary of Czestochowa parish, which gained formal approval from the bishop.[citation needed]

The Saint Kazimierz order of Polish Lancers (an organization which took its name and traditions from the Polish Uhlans) was a local organization that was founded in 1902 and existed until 1940, when it merged into another organization. It "was instrumental" in the founding of the church.[2][3]

On February 28, 2010, the church held a memorial mass for victims of a local disaster, the Kleen Energy plant explosion.[4]

Church buildings[edit]

After the founding of the parish in 1903, a church was opened in a building on Hubbard St. in 1905. That building served as the church until 1907, after which it was used as a school.[5]

A more substantial and "beautiful" church building, with stained glass windows, was built next door and served the parish for many years, but was destroyed by fire in 1980. A convent building also existed but was demolished in 1979.[5]

The church is located at 79 South Main Street.[1]


The Saint Mary of Czestochowa School, at 87 South Main Street, is a K-8 elementary school with pre-school[6] founded in 1912. The current building was constructed in 1930[7] It was listed in an inventory of buildings of Middletown by the Greater Middletown Preservation Trust in 1979.[8] Architecturally, the school is a brick, two-story, Renaissance Revival building with some Art Deco details. Kathleen Dutil served as the principal for years until her retirement in 2012. Kathleen Peck resumed her role and stayed principal until 2016. Peck currently serves the school in a vice principal capacity. Other notable former teachers include Sister Catherine Mary Symanski, Tamara Coburn, and longtime secretary Linda Mikulski. [9]

Parish groups[edit]

The parish has a local Knights of Columbus chapter, denoted Pope John Paul II Council #14017[10]

Further reading[edit]

  • Saint Mary of Czestochowa parish Middletown, Connecticut : 100th anniversary, 1903-2003. Middletown, CT: St. Mary of Czestochowa Church. 2004. 
  • The 150th Anniversary of Polish-American Pastoral Ministry. Webster, Massachusetts: St. Joseph Basilica. September 11, 2005. 
  • Geller, Herbert F. Ethnic History Series: European Immigrants and the Catholic Church of Connecticut, 1870-1920. The Sunday Post: Dolores Liptak. 


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