History

About Our Parish

Mission Statement
Our Catholic parish family is united by God’s love and our belief in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We live and share our faith in our daily actions as parishes, as a school and as individuals.

The Merger of Two Parishes
After months of deliberation and preparation, and in response to the directive from the Most Reverend Kenneth A. Angell, Bishop of Vermont, the parishes of Saint Francis de Sales and Sacred Heart merged on July 1, 1995.

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Bishop Angell presided at the first Mass of the unified congregations. The great, historical, gothic, structure, now known as Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, became home to the Catholic Community of Bennington.

The following appointments were made to the new church of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales:

Rev. Laurence M. Olszewski, c.s.c. – Pastor, July 1, 1995 to August 26, 2001
Rev. Robert J. Malone, c.s.c. – Associate Pastor, July 1, 1995 to June 30, 1996
Rev. William H. Kelley, c.s.c. – Associate Pastor, June 30, 1996 to June 30, 2001
Rev. Vincent J. Coppola, c.s.c. – Associate Pastor, July 3, 2001 to July 8, 2010
Rev. Robert W. Lozinski, c.s.c – Pastor, September 1, 2001 to September 17, 2004
Rev. James T. Preskenis, c.s.c. – Pastor, September 17, 2004 to July 1, 2010
Rev. William H. Kelley, c.s.c. – Pastor, July 8, 2010 to September 30, 2013
Rev. William H. Kelley, c.s.c. – Associate Pastor, October 1, 2013
Bro. John Britto Antony, c.s.c – Deacon, September 1, 2010
Rev. John Britto Antony, c.s.c – Associate Pastor, April 2011 to October 8, 2012
Rev. William Persia, c.s.c – Associate Pastor, October 2012 to January 2013
Rev. Robert Wiseman, c.s.c – Associate Pastor, January 2013 to September 30, 2013
Rev. Robert Wiseman, c.s.c – Administrator, October 1, 2013