Editor’s Note: This article is based largely on an account written by Christ the Redeemer parish members Stanley Kavan and Eleanore Turkington.
“It had been rumored for months, a parish division was inescapable,” Stanley Kavan wrote in a recount of the history of Christ the Redeemer Church. “Despite having doubled the number of Sunday Masses, there was no longer any way to contain the parishioner flow at St. Mary’s. The time had come. In late September, 1966, the Most Rev. Henry J. O’Brien, Archbishop of Hartford, appointed Rev. Richard Toner, a former assistant at St. Mary’s in Branford, to be pastor of Milford’s new parish, Christ the Redeemer.”