Our Parish Roots

NOTE: This history is a "work in progress" -- please feel free to comment/contribute!

For many years, New Kent residents had a dream of forming a parish in New Kent and in 1986, Peggy Foley asked Bishop Sullivan to allow a steering committee to be formed to develop a parish in New Kent County.

At a covered dish supper, the committee members, Peggy Foley (chairperson), Bob Foley, Bob Martin, Jim Melka, Betty Poole, Gail Sorenson, Bob Sorenson and Tom Trudeau, met with Father Scott Duarte, then pastor of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, who gave his support and encouragement to begin developing a parish in New Kent.

We became the New Kent County Mission under the sponsorship of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in West Point and the first Liturgy was held at New Kent Primary School on July 12, 1986 with Bishop Sullivan presiding. Our first regularly scheduled Mass was celebrated at New Kent Middle School on September 7, 1986 at 11:30 AM with Father Scott Duarte as celebrant.

We dedicated our current Church building on September 7, 1991, when Gail Sorenson was Parish Coordinator and Father Donfred Stockent, Retired, was Sacramental Minister and main celebrant.

In (????), when Father Russell Smith was our Pastor, the parish grew and we added a pavilion that provided a space for the parish to gather for fellowship.

Since Father Scott Duarte has become our Pastor (in 2008), the parish has continued to grow and we added the Family Life Building for Religious Education and enclosed the pavilion to add a more permanent presence to our fellowship gathering space.