St. Rose of Lima Church (Newtown, Connecticut)

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St. Rose of Lima Church
St. Rose of Lima, Newtown, Connecticut
Location 46 Church Hill Road
Newtown, Connecticut
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic
Founded 1859 (1859)
Parish Saint Rose of Lima
Diocese Bridgeport
Province Hartford
Archbishop Henry Joseph Mansell
Bishop(s) Frank J. Caggiano
Vicar(s) The Rev. Krzysztof Kuczynski and The Rev. Alphonse Arokiam
Pastor(s) The Rev. Msgr. Robert E. Weiss
Deacon(s) The Rev. Messers. Norman Roos, Jr., Richard Scinto and Daniel J. O'Connor, Sr.

St. Rose of Lima Church is a Roman Catholic parish church at 46 Church Hill Road in Newtown, Connecticut, United States. It is under the authority of the Diocese of Bridgeport, and was founded under the patronage of St. Rose of Lima, the first person born in the Americas to be canonized by the Catholic Church.


The first Catholic Mass in Fairfield County, where it is located, was celebrated in Newtown in 1781. The parish was founded in 1859, the first in that region of the county, originally serving 11 towns in the northern part.[1]

The modern Colonial Revival-style church dates from the early 1960s.


St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, located at 40 Church Hill Road, provides education to children in preschool through eighth grade.[2] In 2009, the school won the Blue Ribbon Award.

Relation to Sandy Hook shooting[edit]

On December 14, 2012, a 20-year-old man, Adam Lanza, killed 26 people at a local elementary school in a tragedy which gained international attention. The dead included twenty children and six members of the school staff. Additionally, the shooter's own mother was found shot to death in her home elsewhere in the town.[3] Initial reports indicated that Lanza might have attended middle school there.[4]

That evening, a candle-light vigil was held at St. Rose Church, at which various religious leaders of the town and the Governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy, addressed the assembled crowd. The parish offered a special Mass that same evening and the church remained open throughout the night, in order to provide a place of comfort for the people of the town.[5]

On Sunday, December 16, around noon, someone called the parish office and said, “I’m going to kill everyone there. My friend didn’t finish the job”. Parish officials tried to keep the caller on the line, asking him to repeat himself. He did so, making the same threat in the same words. Churchgoers quickly evacuated church. Police in SWAT gear arrived at the church to check out the area.[6]

Funerals for 11 of the children killed in the shooting were held at St. Rose Church.[7]


  1. ^ "Our Pastor & Parish Staff". St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Welcome to St. Rose of Lima School". St. Rose of Lima School. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Adam Lanza Shot Himself As 1st Responders Closed In, Gov. Dannel Malloy Says". Huffington Post. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  4. ^ Miller, John. "The Brief, Enigmatic Life of Mass-Murderer Adam Lanza". CBS News. Archived from the original on 20 December 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Home". St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  6. ^ Duggan, Paul; Fahrenthold, David A.; Vogel, Steve (17 December 2012). "Obama once again cast in role of comforter-in-chief". The Washington Post. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Five Funerals Friday For Sandy Hook Victims". tribunedigital-thecourant. Retrieved 2017-02-21.

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Coordinates: 41°24′55.74″N 73°17′58.08″W / 41.4154833°N 73.2994667°W / 41.4154833; -73.2994667