St. Anne’s Church, Waterbury (1906)

August 15th, 2010 Posted in Churches, Gothic, Waterbury

St. Anne’s Parish in Waterbury was organized in 1886 to serve the city’s French and French-Canadian Catholics. The parish’s first church was built in 1888-1889 on Dover Street. In 1906, work began on a much larger church, with the exterior being completed in one year. In 1912, the basement was finished and used for services while the rest of the interior was being worked on. It took several years to accumulate the necessary funds and there was also a delay due to the First World War, but the finished church was dedicated in 1922. The Gothic-style church has a structure of steel and brick with an exterior of granite and Vermont blue marble. The church survived fires in 1971 and 1978 and work was also undertaken in 1979 to repair the two great spires and dome. These signature features continue to impress motorists traveling through Waterbury on I-84.

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  1. 13 Responses to “St. Anne’s Church, Waterbury (1906)”

  2. By Daniel Hay on Nov 26, 2010

    I have discovered that the architect for this church was Chickering and O’Connell from Manchester, NH and later Boston MA.

  3. By claudia bernier zwiebel on Feb 19, 2011

    I was told that my grandfather louis bernier was one of the founders of the church. Been trying to get more information. About the family. My father name is Leo bernier He married my mother their at the church. Could you help me get the rest of the family names for me. thank you claudia bernier zwiebel

  4. By Daniel on Feb 20, 2011

    You could try contacting the church to see what records they have.

  5. By Raymond Perro' on Jun 30, 2012

    My parents were married at St Anne’s on Sept 1 1947. Iwas baptized on February 22 1950. My grandparents belonged to St. Anne’s since 1926 It is a magnificent Shrine and Iam honored to be a parishoner Thank you, Raymond Perro’

  6. By Andrew Noone on Jun 30, 2012

    Returning from Maryland yesterday, we drove by your stunning church–I had never seen it. That evening, I watched a show about an exorcism in Connecticut, and near the end they included an aerial photo of your church…the coincidence was breathtaking.

  7. By Lorraine M. (Beaudoin)Gelinas on Apr 28, 2013

    I was born and raised in Waterbury, Ct. My parents went to school in the old wooden church and the brick school, and so did I. I am 70 years old and our 8th grade class was the last graduating class fom the old brick building and the old wooden church. I was Baptised in the Gothic church. I made my 1st Communion and Confirmation at the Gothic church. My husband, now deceased also did all of which I described at the same school and churches. We were married on 5-29-1965, at St. Ann and my husband’s cousin officiated. He was a LaSalette Missionary priest. It was wonderful gazing back in time to remember the wonderful Memories of the past. The Sister’s of the Holy Ghost were our teachers and I believe we had the best education in the city for that time.

  8. By Barbara (Beausoleil) Lewis on Nov 18, 2013

    It is a thrill to see the name of a second
    cousin in the postings. I, too, was born &
    raised in Waterbury and attended St. Anne
    school (wooden & brick). My husband & I were
    married at St. Anne on Nov. 7, 1964. We moved away from the city in 1966, but have
    been in the church a number of times since,
    sadly, mostly for funerals of members of my
    father’s family.
    Lorraine, I think of you every Oct. 18 because your birthday is two days before mine!

  9. By Doris Diane Veillette on Dec 1, 2013

    I just found my father’s records from St Ann’s. Joseph Andre Veillette. Did anyone know him or his parents Benjamin Veillette and Beatrice (Arcand) Veillette?

  10. By MARYANNE B TILLOT on Jan 13, 2014

    AS TH ELDEST OF 5 I WAS BORN IN THE BRONX N Y C ON ST ANNES FEAST DAY , JULY 26,1934-MY DADS PATRON SAINT WAS ANNE-HE TOOK US TO THE BEAUPRE, CANADA SHRINE WHEN I WAS A TEEN- AFTER MY MOM PASSED I TOOK HIM WITH MY LATE HUSBAND & HE CLIMBED ALL THOSE STEPS ON HIS KNEES! I EVEN WENT TO THE STE ANNE SHRINE THE GERMANS BUILT IN ISRAEL- ALTHOUGH WE MOVED TO CT IN THE LATE 50S I NEVER HEARD OF THIS CHURCH TILL I MOVED FROM STRATFORD TO OXFORD- & I REALLY WANT TO VIST THERE- I KEEP HINTING TO FAMILY BUT NO TAKERS AS YET-
    WOULD YOU HAPPEN TO CARRY THE STE ANNES HLY CARD WITH ATTACHED MEDAL THAT HAS THE PRAYER THAT STARTS WITH” REMEMBER OH GLOROUS & GOOD STE ANNE” I DO GIVE TO PREGNANT MOMS & MANY OTHERS- I WOULD SO APPRECIATE A RREPLY – GOD BLESS

  11. By Barbara gruebel on Jun 12, 2014

    My grandmother was born in Waterbury in 1903. My GG Father was born in Quebec City and St. Ann’s was their Parish. I’m going to Waterbury tomorrow to take photos of my Grandmother Evelyn LaPlante’s grave in Pine Grove Cemetery for Geneaology purposes and hope to see St. Ann’s while I’m there.

  12. By Andre Vezina on Jul 6, 2014

    Good morning.
    I am Andre Vezina from Quebec City.Qc,Canada
    Son of Lorenzo and Grand son of Donat Vezina Who was the brother of Alfred Vezina, Married to Amanda Frigon,Who were former Sainte Anne’s Church parishioner
    Their daughters, Annette who died as a child,
    Marie Emma (Roland Cheverette),
    Corrine,
    Irene Beatrice (Joseph John Wallace)

    Their sons: Henri (Alice Bernier) and Arthur (Blandine Marcil)
    All these peoples were living nearby in the 40’s.They might have died in Waterburry or else and have sons and grand son’s living in town.

    Dear Mr.Mrs.
    I would like to get in touch with at least one individual related to those couples.

    I want to thank you for the attention paid to this letter.

    My best regards.

    Andre Vezina

  13. By Jonathan Bernier on Sep 1, 2014

    I am very interested by the comments here referring to Berniers associated with St. Anne’s. Although my late grandfather, Joseph “Andy” Bernier, was born and raised in Granby, Quebec, his older siblings were born in the Waterbury area. Although he stayed in Canada, his siblings–older and younger–moved back to Waterbury in their twenties and made their lives there. Definitely interested by the connections here.

  14. By Ann Keating Wehner on Sep 2, 2014

    My mother was Olive Cecelia LeBrun, born 1905 in Naugatuck CT, Her parents were Henry and Eglantine Senesac LeBrun. Her uncle Joseph Senesac was pastor during building of the magnificent St Anne’s gothic style edifice. My mother,s best friend and class mate at St Anne’s School was Albertine Lecours (Dupont), whose parents took in my mother when her mother died in 1914. Their love for St Annes, and mine too because of my dear mother, was boundless. I am still , at 81, seeking info re deaths, burials, and cemetery locations for my grandparents and their 5 daughters who died in Naugatuck between about 1900-1917. some relatives per fotos incld Cantin, Massicotte, Ducette, et al. Any replies welcome!!!! Ann

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