St. Mary's, under the energetic administration of the Dominican order
since 1886, is a thriving church, the primary Catholic presence in
downtown New Haven. St. Mary's Church is recognized as a shrine and
birthplace of the Knights of Columbus. As one of its major centennial
projects, the Order completely renovated the structure, inside and
From 1981 to 1984 the Knights of Columbus worked carefully with Church
authorities, architects, engineers, and musical and liturgical specialists
to renovate St. Mary's. The entire church was repainted in its original
colors. A new rosewood floor imported from Thailand was laid as a
complement to the classic organ.
Nave with Stations &
renovated with funds contributed by Knights of Columbus state councils
and marked with state and provincial seals. The seals are arranged
in the order of state council institution dates. The new floor plan
of the church brings the altar and congregation closer together.
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