The History of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish
The communities of Stone Harbor and Avalon have had a very strong Roman Catholic presence on 7 Mile Island for many generations.
Saint Paul’s Parish in Stone Harbor was formed in 1911; Maris Stella Parish in Avalon was formed in 1961. Both Parishes served the two communities very well over the years.
In 2008 Bishop Galante started a plan that would realign parish structures that would best meet the pastoral needs of the faithful with a shrinking priesthood in the Diocese of Camden. Two years of planning and meetings of Core Teams from each parish provided recommendations for future parish structures.
In 2010 Bishop Galante decreed that Saint Brendan The Navigator Parish would be created on August 4, 2010 merging the former Saint Paul’s and Maris Stella parishes into one parish. He named Msgr. John Frey the Pastor. All three of the current churches remain open.
We are one parish with three worship sites. Saint Brendan The Navigator Parish has about 700 registered families and serves over 8,000 families in the summer season. Saint Brendan The Navigator increases its weekend Mass schedule threefold, from 5 to 15 Masses in these seasonal months in Saint Paul’s and Maris Stella churches.
All parishioners and parish organizations are asked to enthusiastically embrace our new Saint Brendan The Navigator Parish and its many activities on 7 Mile Island.
We are one!