Parish History

Italian immigrants to Waterbury's Town Plot, Brooklyn, and other West End neighborhoods originally attended Our Lady of Lourdes Church. On June 26, 1923, Bishop John J. Nilan appointed Father Michael J. Lynch first pastor of a new parish named at first Saint Philip Neri. Father Lynch became responsible for the spiritual needs of about 4,500 people, for whom he offered Mass in the basement of Saint Patrick Church until April 1924. Father Lynch was busy supervising the construction of a basement church on the land secured at the corner of Highland Avenue and America Street. On April 13, 1924, Bishop Nilan dedicated the basement church, renaming the parish at this time to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In 1939, plans were set in motion for constructing the church superstructure in the Lombard Romanesque style.

On July 14, 1940, then Bishop Henry J. O'Brien officiated at cornerstone ceremonies. The formal dedication took place on December 8, 1940. On September 8, 1957, the parish plant was rounded out with the dedication of a new Congress Avenue school and convent, founded by then pastor Monsignor Patrick W. Flynn. The school and convent were originally staffed by the Daughters of Wisdom from Litchfield, CT.

Stained Glass Windows in Our Lower Church