In the spring of 1955, Bishop Lawrence J. Shehan of Bridgeport, in search of a site for a new parish in Fairfield, purchased a 13-acre parcel of land on Brookside Drive from the late Walter O’Malley, who was then the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The parcel, known as the Lincoln Kennel property, included a barn and a white frame farmhouse that the O’Malley family used as a residence in the summers and on weekends.
The purchase price of $30,000 was, payable in installments of $6,000 a year for five years.
On October 25, 1955, Bishop Shehan established the parish of St. Pius X. A few weeks later Father Francis X. McGuire, the first pastor, took up residence in the “new” rectory – the white frame farmhouse.
The first parish Masses were held in the Students’ Chapel in Loyola Hall at Fairfield University and weddings, baptisms and funerals were held at Holy Family Church until Saint Pius X Church was built in 1958. At the first Christmas celebrated at St. Pius X, children were thrilled with the live cow, donkey and sheep in the Nativity scene in one corner of the barn.
Saint Pius X Church was designed by J. Gerald Phelan and built by the E. & F. Construction Company of Bridgeport in 1958 with a seating capacity of 612 persons.
There were 464 families that made up the first parishioners of our parish. Today our parish has more than 1600 families because of the hard work and sacrifices that the original families made. We are truly grateful to them.
Dedication of Saint Pius X Church
August 24, 1958
The laying of the cornerstone and dedication of the church by The Most Reverend Lawrence J. Shehan, D.D. Bishop of Bridgeport. Reverend Francis X. McGuire was the pastor of the new church until 1962.
February 17, 1962
Reverend Edmond C. O’Connell became the new pastor and served until he became ill in 1963.
April 20, 1964
Reverend Bernard S. Scanlon was appointed pastor and served the parish until January of 1972.
September 2, 1964
St. Pius X School was dedicated and was originally staffed by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The school, a two-story building, included eight classrooms and accommodated approximately 320 students.
January 1, 1972
Bishop Walter W. Curtis appointed Revered Edward F. Scull pastor. Monsignor Scull served as pastor until his retirement in January 1, 2002.
October 26, 1980
The Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis con-celebrated a special Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving. Msgr. Francis X. McGuire, the first pastor, of the parish, delivered the homily.
December 5, 1982
Father William Galya celebrated his first Mass. Father Galya is the first vocation from the parish.
May 25, 1985
Ordination of Richard Stenberg as a permanent deacon.
October 25, 1985
St. Pius X Parish celebrates its Thirtieth Anniversary.
New Electronic Organ
October 11, 1987
Blessing and dedication of the new custom built Johannus electronic organ This organ was specially designed and built in Ede, Holland.
October 2, 1990
A new rectory is built.
Scull’s 40th Anniversary
June 9, 1991
Monsignor Scull’s 40th ordination anniversary celebration.
November 15, 1994
The parish nurse program was established.
Dr. Joan Kelly Honored
June 8, 1995
Dr. Joan Kelly is honored for 21 years of service to St. Pius X Parish as Director of Religious Education.
25th Anniversary Celebration
June 2, 1996
Father George Sankoorikal’s 25th Ordination Anniversary celebration.
April 27, 1997
Father Scull invested as a Monsignor.
Father Lawrence J. Carroll
February 1, 2002
Father Lawrence J. Carroll was installed as the fifth pastor by Bishop William E. Lori, S.T.D.
Mass of Remembrance
November 10, 2002
First annual Mass of Remembrance was held.
Sr. Ann McGovern
August 9, 2003
Sr. Ann McGovern, RSM, Director of Religious Education declared her final profession of vows with the Sisters of Mercy.
Robert Kinnally Ordained
May 8, 2004
Robert Kinnally ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop William E. Lori, S.T.D.
May 8, 2004
Brother Matthew Dominic Marie Langevin, O.P. ordained as a transitional deacon for the Dominican Order.
Father MacDonnell Reassigned
August 4, 2004
Father Joe MacDonnell, S.J. Farewell Reception. Father Joe celebrated Mass for 33 years before being reassigned by the Jesuit provincial.
Shawn Cutler Ordained
December 19, 2004
Shawn Cutler ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop William Lori.
St. Patrick Celebration
March 17, 2005
First annual St. Patrick/St. Joseph Celebration.
New Priests Welcomed
May 21, 2005
Fathers Robert Kinnally and Shawn Cutler ordained to the priesthood by Bishop William E. Lori, S.T.D.
Father Matthew Dominic Marie Langevin
June 10, 2005
Father Matthew Dominic Marie Langevin, O.P. ordained to the priesthood for the Dominican Order. Father Langevin is the second vocation from the parish.
50th Anniversary Mass
October 23, 2005
St. Pius X Parish 50th Anniversary Mass Celebration.
October 25, 2005
The 50th Anniversary of Saint Pius X Parish.
Operation Hope 20th Anniversary
February 6, 2006
Twentieth Anniversary of Operation Hope – St. Pius X Parishioners providing monthly evening meals since 1988.
Lenten Family Retreat
March 11, 2006
Lenten Family Retreat: “Called to be Christ in the World: Peacemakers”.
Our Lady of the Gulf Project
April 2, 2006
Our Lady of the Gulf Project – St. Pius X adopts parish in Mississippi devastated by hurricane Katrina / establishment of ad hoc Helping Hands Committee – donations in excess of 23K.
First Youth Group Mission Trip
July 7, 2006
The St. Pius Youth Group participates in its first Mission Trip.
Organ Dedication and Recital
October 15, 2006
The purchase of the Three Manual 58-Stop Quantum Series Allen Church Organ was made possible by an anonymous donation.
Longtime Trustees Retire
November 5, 2006
Denis Sullivan and Patrick Ryan are chosen to serve as Lay Members of the Corporation – longtime Trustees, Barbara Hirschfield and Robert Kosar retire.
Middle-Grade Youth Group
November 12, 2006
Middle-Grade Youth Group begins.
First Advent Family Workshop
November 27, 2006
First Advent family workshop.
Elf Ministry begins
December 3, 2006
Elf Ministry begins.
Bereavement Ministry begins
December 10, 2006
Bereavement Ministry begins.
Ministry of Prayer and Support
January 15, 2007
Ministry of Prayer and Support for parents of special needs children.
Campaign Information Receptions
January 18, 2007
Campaign Information receptions begin.
Plans for Capital Campaign
May 20, 2007
Unveiling of plans for Capital Campaign to be conducted in the Fall: “Building in Faith Together…Past, Present and Future”.
Prayer Line Expansion
July 1, 2007
Expansion of fourteen-year-old prayer Line to include email.
Capital Campaign News
August 5, 2007
Naming of co-chairs for Capital Campaign: Gene and Grace Fairfield and Dr. Robert and Kathleen Russo; twelve committee members named.
September 14, 2007
Newly established diocesan Safe Environments Awareness Training.
Parish Ministries Fair
September 16, 2007
Parish Ministries Fair.
Community Service Fair
September 30, 2007
Community Service Fair.
Prayer-Shawl Ministry Begins
October 10, 2007
Prayer-Shawl Ministry begins.
April 20, 2008
Papal Mass (Pope Benedict VI) at Yankee Stadium. 28 parishioners attend.
St. Augustine Lecture
November 6, 2008
Diocesan St. Augustine Lecture at St. Pius X with Rev. Gerald O’Collins, S.J.
10th Anniversary Celebration of Shepherds
December 11, 2008
Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Shepherds, Inc. (a sponsor/mentor/student program) founded by parishioner, Brendan Fisk.
Childrens’ Christmas Pageant
December 21, 2008
Childrens’ Christmas pageant.
Job Network Ministry
January 29, 2009
Job Network Ministry begins.
January 10, 2010
Diocesan Pro-Life Mass celebrated by Bishop Lori at St. Pius X.
January 24, 2010
Ruben Rodriguez, longtime parishioner, named first lay Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Vincent Medical Center.
February 7, 2010
Ernie Pierson and Denis Sullivan reappointed as Trustees of parish.
New Faith Center Approval
July 27, 2010
Town of Fairfield – Planning and Zoning Committee votes unanimously and with great enthusiasm to approve our petition for new Faith Center.
Ministry of Support for CareGivers
August 3, 2010
Ministry of Support for CareGivers begins.
Operation Hope Celebrates 25 Years
April 9, 2011
Operation Hope celebrates 25years – long term involvement of parishioners.
Fr. Michael Dogali is Installed
June 8, 2011
Fr. Michael Dogali is installed by Bishop William E. Lori, S.T.D. as the sixth pastor of St. Pius X.
1200 Gifts Distributed
December 18, 2011
Distribution of over twelve-hundred gifts from Giving Tree to fourteen agencies – fifteenth year of parish participation.
March 19, 2012
Lenten Reflection by Fr. Peter Cameron, O.P. – editor-in-chief of Magnificat.
Parish Nurse Program 15th Anniversary
May 27, 2012
Parish Nurse Program, under auspices of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, celebrate fifteen years.
July 29, 2012
Concrete poured for Faith Center.
September 10, 2012
Construction begins on the rear wall of the church.
Dr. Joan Kelly Presents
October 16, 2012
Dr. Joan Kelly presents first of eight lectures on Catholic Identity.
Faith Center Gala
November 2, 2012
Faith Center Gala fundraiser.
New Faith Center Groundbreaking
November 26, 2012
Ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Faith Center officiated by Bishop William E. Lori, S.T.D.
Lenten Speaker Series
February 23, 2013
Lenten Speaker Series includes Rev. Leo O’Donovan, S.J.
New Faith Center Opens
August 24, 2013
Opening of Faith Center – open house after all Masses this Weekend.
Bishop Frank Caggiano Principal Celebrant
October 27, 2013
Bishop Frank Caggiano, S.T.D., fifth Bishop of Bridgeport, principal Celebrant at 10:30 Sunday Mass.
“Realizing the Dream” Concert
November 3, 2013
“Realizing the Dream” Concert with Michael Lantowski and Krista Adams-Santilli.
February 16, 2014
Kathryn Vogt accepts invitation to serve parish as a Trustee – she will work with Ernie Pierson. Denis Sullivan continues to actively serve as Chair of the Building Committee.
Lenten Speaker Series
March 14, 2014
Lenten Speaker Series includes Bishop Frank Caggiano, S.T.D. and Dr. Joan Kelly.
Fairfield 375th Anniversary
April 26, 2014
Generous parish participation in Town-wide Food Drive in celebration of the 375th anniversary of Fairfield.
Chapel of Mary
August 15, 2014
Dedication and consecration of Chapel of Mary, Mother of God with Bishop Caggiano.
Historic Diocesan Synod
September 19, 2014
St. Pius X delegates gather for historic diocesan synod, “Building Bridges to the Future Together”.
Fr. Michael Dogali Farewell Reception
September 21, 2014
Farewell reception for Fr. Michael Dogali as he begins his assignment from Bishop Frank Caggiano as Episcopal Vicar for Strategic Planning.
“You Raise Me Up” Concert
October 26, 2014
“You Raise Me Up” Concert with Michael Lantowski and Krista Adams-Santilli.
Parish Prayer Capsule
November 4, 2014
Collection of parishioners’ prayer intentions for Parish Prayer Capsule: “Our House Has Been Built on Prayer” – capsule buried in Prayer Garden.