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Parish History

Brief History of Holy Disciples Catholic Church

Holy Disciples is one of the newest parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle, and the only Parish so-named outside of Rome.

Our community largely evolved from parts of the historic Catholic communities of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Eatonville (1918); All Saints, Puyallup (1890); and Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Spanaway (1893).  We were established on South Hill of Puyallup on January 14, 1996.

1995       

July 1:  Archbishop Thomas J.  Murphy appointed Father Gary Southerton  pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Mission in Eatonville; and the temporarily named "South Hill Catholic Church" in Puyallup.

1996     

January 14:  Community's first Mass at Stahl Junior High School, where mass was celebrated until 2001;  office and meeting space was established at 150th Street and Meridian East.

July: Father Tom Suss served the parish staff in many capacities as "Visiting Priest" until 2009, in addition to his ministry at McNeil Island Prison.

July:  Teresa Gregory becomes the first Pastoral Associate.

July 14:  Archbishop Murphy, in consultation with theArchdiocesan Presbyteral Council gave approval to establish the Holy Disciples Catholic Church; the only parish he established during his time as Archbishop of Seattle.

1997      

Master Plan for the Parish developed:  
 Phase I         Build a Community Hall with Religious Education Classrooms 
                         and an Administrative Office Building.
 Phase II       Build a Church.
 Phase III     Build a School.

1999

Parish logo developed.

2000     

Master Plan Phase I amended to first build the Parish Center, Eucharistic Chapel, Parish Offices and the Graham/South Hill Food Bank.  

August:  Sue Ford began her tenure as Pastoral Associate.

August 20:  Ground broken for the Parish Center (present main building) and Eucharistic Chapel.

2001      

November 22:  Thanksgiving Day transition from Stahl Junior High School to the completed Parish Center and Eucharistic Chapel.
 

1st Parish directory published with 579 registered households.

2002

October:  Ground broken for new Parish Office building.

2003    

March:  New Parish Office building dedicated.

Fall:  Graham/South Hill Food Bank dedicated.

2nd Parish Directory published with 744 registered households

2003     

July:  Father James Eblen, Professor at Seattle University, assigned as Interim  Pastor.

2004     

July:   Father Don Perea assigned as Pastor.

2005

July:  Father Paul Dalton assigned as Pastor

2008     

February 29:  Parish unexpectedly hands beloved pastor, Father Paul Dalton back to God. The Father Dalton Memorial Garden was dedicated in his honor later in the year.

3rd Parish Directory published with 902 registered households.

July:  Father Conrad U. Aquino  assigned as Pastor.

2009     

August:  Bishop Joseph Tyson assigned as Pastor with continued duties within the         Archdiocese of Seattle.

2010      

February:  Father Mathew O'Leary assigned as Pastor.

 July:  Rosemary and Tom O'Brien-Wilson came onboard as Pastoral Associate and Pastoral Assistant.

2012      

4th Parish Directory published with 1,050 registered households.

2014

A Capital Campaign to tackle a $3.5 million debt was launched.

 

 

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