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History of St. Ann Church
In June 1982, Bishop Rodimer appointed Father Martin McDonnell administrator of the newly designated mission. Father Martin then took up residence at a rectory located at 240 Troy Road. On July 26, the feast of Saint Ann, Bishop Rodimer formally approved the community’s name.
In October of 1983 Father Martin was officially installed as pastor. Shortly thereafter, block meetings were held to determine people’s feelings regarding the building of a church. Saint Ann’s continued to grow, and the need for a permanent meeting place, a church home, became evident. At that time, the church building campaign was launched, goals were set and pledges began. The small group of parishioners overwhelmingly supported this fund raising effort. Groundbreaking for the new church took place on May 19, 1985 at Paradise Field. On July 26, 1986, a home for the Church of Saint Ann was dedicated. An addition to the parish facility was completed in October of 1997.
Parish History Timeline
Parish History Timeline
March – Formal request to Bishop Frank Rodimer to create a parish in southeast Parsippany-
August – About 50 families attend the first Mass at United Methodist Church on South
Beverwyck Road. The Rev. Robert Hoffman presided.
June – The Rev. Martin McDonnell is assigned to the new mission of St. Peter the Apostle
September – Community meetings are held for input on a parish Mission Statement.
November – The Mission Statement is validated and accepted by the community; Deacon
Edward Sheridan Jr. is assigned to the community.
July – Parish status is conferred and the community is dedicated to St. Ann, the mother of Mary.
October – Fr. Martin is installed as first pastor. Vincent Blazovic and Marge Giaquinta are
appointed the first trustees.
May – A campaign is begun for the construction of a church; the initial goal, $600,000
June – Parish registration stands at 180 families.
May – Groundbreakng for the church at 781 Smith Road, the former Paradise (Little League)
July – Sister of the Church Frances Sanzo hired as pastoral associate.
August – Deacon Sheridan dies.
May – Deacon William Nicolaro ordained and assigned to St. Ann.
July – The new church is dedicated.
January – Rectory is built, completing the $1.2 million parish complex.
June – The Rev. John Hart, a member of the diocesan tribunal, in residence.
June – Deacon Nicolaro responds to a call from a parish in Florida; Deacon Donald O’Leary is
ordained and assigned to St. Ann.
September – Fr. Hart is appointed Bishop Rodimer’s secretary.
May – The Rev. Patrick O’Donovan, campus minister at Drew and Fairleigh Dickinson
universities, in residence.
June – 25th anniversary of Fr. Martin’s ordination is celebrated
October – Parish celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a Mass and dinner dance.
May – Deacon Al Frank ordained and assigned to St. Ann.
June – Parish registration exceeds 500 families
October – Expansion campaign begun with $700,000 goal.
December – Pledges top $870,000
June – Groundbreaking for addition of 12,000 square feet encompassing a parish hall, daily mass
chapel, narthex, offices, meeting rooms and classrooms.
November – Addition is dedicated.
October – Fr. Martin receives papal honor and title of monsignor.
first Vacation Bible School
first Men’s Cornerstone
20th Anniverary celebration
St. Ann welcomes migrant ministry
Sister Francine Kavanaugh named director of religious education
Sister Francis celebrates 50 years of consecrated life
First Ladies Cornerstone
20th golf outing
Bishop Arthur Serratelli makes first parish visit after succeeding Bishop Rodimer
Parishioners join Operation Helping Hands in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina
Sister Francine departs for new ministry
Carillon dedicated to the memory of Bob Felton
St. Ann included among the sending parishes of All Saints Academy, after the diocese
consolidates St. Christopher and St. Peter the Apostle schools at St. Peter.
March - Fr. Martin accepts a transfer to St. Anthony in Hawthorne. Msgr. Brendan Madden
serves as interim pastor.
May – Deacon Leonard Deo ordained and assigned to St. Ann
July – Fr. Timothy Dowling appointed second pastor of St. Ann.
Parsishoners contributed $32,000 toward purchase of a $27,000 pickup and snowplow
An $85,000 bequest by the late Barbara Papparozzi helps pay for new roofs on the church and the rectory.
New thermostats, air conditioning unit, sound system and handrail purchased with parish rebate
from diocesan Partners in Faith campaign.
Children’s Church marks 10th anniversary