St. Bridget parish was established in 1869 when Father James Campbell became the town’s first resident Catholic pastor.  By the turn of the century, a much larger church was needed, and Bishop Michael A. Tierney blessed the new St. Bridget Church on November 26, 1903.

On December 8, 1964, ground was broken for a parish school.  On December 15, 1965, Archbishop O'Brien blessed the cornerstone. The Sisters of Mercy, who staffed the school, departed in 1974 and were succeeded by lay staff.

The territory of St. Bartholomew was carved from St. Bridget and St. James parishes in 1958.  On June 12, 1961, construction of St. Bartholomew church, school, and convent began.  Archbishop O'Brien dedicated all three on May 12, 1962.  Staffed by Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, the parish school opened on September 4.  By 1970 the school was closed, with the former school wing converted to offices, meeting rooms and religious education classrooms.

The two parishes were linked in 2009.

In 2017 the Parish of Saint Bridget and the Parish of Saint Bartholomew were merged to form the new "Parish of Saint Teresa of Calcutta."


    Saint James Parish comprises two beautiful Catholic churches where parishioners enjoy a spiritual community that nourishes and deepens their faith through the word of God. Parish life centers on the Eucharist, which sustains us, and on reception of the Sacraments, through which we are nurtured.

    Pastor: Rev. Kevin P. Cavanaugh

    Parish Office

    896 Main Street Manchester, Connecticut
    Telephone: 860.643.4129

    website: stjamesmanchester.org


    Although Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish is unified together with a common cause and goal, we live out our vision in two different locations throughout the greater Manchester area. We have a Leadership Team that is ultimately responsible for 2 churches - Saint Bridget Church, Saint Bartholomew Church and Saint Bridget School, but each individual location has it's own unique identity, rituals, traditions, and roots.

    Pastor: Rev. Marcin P Pluciennik

    Administration Center (Parish Office)

    80 Main Street Manchester, Connecticut
    Telephone: 860.643.2403

    website: manchestercatholic.org