Below please find the text of the Bishop’s letter announcing Father John Connaughton as the new Pastor of the new parish to be created June 30th.
Love and Peace,
Fr. Liam Quinlan
Dear Parishioners of Saint Gabriel and Saint Cecilia Parishes:
I am writing to you to share some exciting news about your respective parishes. After consultation and prayerful discernment, I have appointed Father John Connaughton as the pastor of the new parish to be created at the conclusion of the collaborative committee process involving lay leaders from Saint Gabriel Parish and Saint Cecilia Parish. Father Connaughton will assume this new pastorate effective June 30, 2019.
Father Connaughton has been serving as Diocesan Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarian Formation since 2016. He will continue to serve as Diocesan Director of Vocations, but, effective also June 30th, Father Paul Check, Rector of Saint John Fisher Seminary Residence, will take on the role of Director of Seminarian Formation.
Father Connaughton is a native of Trumbull, Connecticut, and his home parish is Saint Theresa. Before entering the seminary, Father Connaughton attended Saint Joseph High School in Trumbull and the University of Dallas, where he earned a degree in History, and the University of Connecticut where he earned a law degree. He completed his theological formation in Rome at the Pontifical North American College and was ordained a priest on May 25, 2013 in Saint Theresa Church in Trumbull.
After his priestly ordination, Father Connaughton served one summer at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Danbury before returning to Rome for his final year of study; as Parochial Vicar of Saint Thomas More Parish in Darien from 2014-2016; and as Diocesan Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarian Formation since 2016, while maintaining his residence at St. Thomas More.
I am certain that you will find in Father Connaughton a true spiritual father and wise teacher, who seeks only to serve and to bring others closer to Christ. Although he will be greatly missed at Saint Thomas More, I know he will find a warm welcome at Saint Gabriel and Saint Cecilia and be loved just as much there as he has been in every assignment he has had.
I am very grateful to Father Connaughton for accepting this new assignment, and I look forward to collaborating with him as he works with the lay leaders of both parishes in the collaborative committee process.
Please join me in praying for Father Connaughton as he prepares for this new assignment and be assured of my continued prayers for you and your families.