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History of Saint Lucy’s Parish, Middletown, RI

1951  February 21        StLucyStatue-163x300

A 30 acre plot (Brookfield Farm) was purchased by the Diocese of Providence from Dr. James Callahan for the purpose of establishing a church, school, and convent.

1951

May 23
St. Lucy’s Parish was founded and Rev. James P. Casey was appointed Pastor.

June 10
First Mass celebrated in the Anchorage Hall on West Main Road, now the site of the Middletown Public Library.

September 16
Ground was broken for the Church and the Diocese gave permission to build a church for approximately $150,000.  There were approximately 660 families in the parish.

1952
June
First Mass celebrated in St. Lucy’s Church

1963
November 20
The Diocese gave permission to build a school and convent for approximately $750,000.

1964
December 13
The school and convent were blessed on the feast of St. Lucy.

1971
September
School transitioned from a Parish sponsored to Regionalized, Diocesan school now known as All Saints Academy.

1977
April 30
Less than an acre (0.92) of land was sold to defray the cost of building the rectory. That parcel, with frontage on West Main Road, was sold for nearly $100,000.

1978
June 21
The Diocese gave approval to build a new rectory for an approximate cost of $125,000.

1979
May
The rectory opened for use.

1983
May
Rev. Eugene J. McKenna is appointed Pastor.

1984
September 23
The convent was converted to Lucy’s Hearth, a shelter for women and their children.

1987
April 6
The Parish Council recommends construction of a new church building and renovation of the existing church for use as a Parish Center.

1989
June 10
Ground breaking for the new St. Lucy’s Church.

1990
March 3
First Mass in the new Church.

August 5
Dedication of the new Church.

2001 
50th Anniversary of St. Lucy’s Parish with Jubilee Year events, activities and celebrations.

2008
July 1
Rev. John W. O’Brien is appointed Pastor, Rev. Eugene J. McKenna is named Pastor Emeritus.

2010
July 1
St. Lucy’s Parish focuses on six Areas of Mission: Parish Life; Worship & Spirituality; Christian Education; Social Justice & Peace; Family Life & Youth; Finance & Administration.

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