Church of the Resurrection began in 1987 when a number of parishioners left the Episcopal church with the Rev. Rocco Florenza because of theological changes to the prayer book and the issue of "The abandonment of historic faith and practice to accommodate liberal progressivism"to the priesthood. They were not alone, as many other catholic minded Episcopalians left the Episcopal church at that time for the sake of maintaining the faith of the Apostles as received in the Churches of England. At that time Church of the Resurrection was with the Anglican Province of Christ the King and rented space at a local church. Later, through the grace of God and the kindness of some parishioners they moved into the current church building in Ansonia in 1997.
Since that time the church continued under the firm leadership of Rev. Florenza who wethered many storms and overcame a great deal of adversity in order to establish the parish. He later became bishop of the Diocese of New England. In 2009 the church was received into the Anglican Catholic Church and Bp. Florenza continued as bishop of the diocese of New England, now called the "Diocese of the Resurrection".
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