For over 30 years, the people of St. Patrick’s in Farmington, CT have had a dream; a dream of finally building a suitable Parish Center and renovating their 97 year old church. During this time, the project has been pondered, discussed and studied but never truly advanced to the point where moving forward was a distinct possibility. Under the leadership of Father Thomas Barry and with a strong core of lay leadership among the Building Committee, Finance Committee and Parish Council, the people of St. Patrick’s identified their needs and designed a plan that would meet those need for generations to come. With the blessing of the Archdiocese of Hartford, the parish was able to secure approval from the local Historical Commission as well as the Town Zoning Board, two significant hurdles never achieved in the history of the project.
In preparation to celebrate it’s 100th anniversary in 2022, St. Patrick’s conducted a capital campaign to build a new Parish Center as we as renovate the church and convert the existing parish hall into class/meeting rooms. The overall cost of the project is $4.3 million. With $300,000 already committed to the project and with $1.2 million in the building fund, the parish set out to raise upwards of $3 million to address the remaining costs. St. Patrick’s has since exceeded their campaign goal, raising over 4 times income, and anticipate breaking ground during the summer of 2019.