Highlights in the History of Saint Therese’s Parish Community

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August 1, 1926

Father John O’Leary appointed Pastor of first parish in Back Mountain Our Lady of Victory, Harvey’s Lake

November 3, 1926

Establishment of Saint Therese’s Church as parish Father O’Leary relocates with OLV becoming a Mission Church

November 1928

Cornerstone of Saint Therese’s Church

Christmas Eve 1928

First Eucharist in Church Hall

October 11, 1938

Church Organ installed

November, 1951

Founding of Gate of Heaven School and Parish

1963-1965

Second Vatican Council

1973

Renovation of Church Interior

1990

Gate of Heaven School restructured as Regional Catholic School

1994

Establishment of Parish Pastoral Council

1999

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary for Father Sammons and Father Thomas Flynn

2004

Exterior and Interior Enhancements

Pastors

  • Father John J. O’Leary – 1926 – 1936, 1943 – 1957
  • Father Joseph Durkin- 1936 – 1943
  • Father John P. Walsh – 1958 – 1970
  • Father Joseph Sammons – 1970 – 1985
  • Msgr. Joseph Gilgallon – 1985 – 1987
  • Msgr. John Esseff (Administrator) – 1987
  • Father Joseph Meighan – 1987 – 1990
  • Msgr. Kevin O’Neill – 1990 – 1994
  • Msgr. J. Peter Crynes – 1994 – 2006
  • Father James Paisley – 2006 – 2023
  • Father Joseph J. Pisaneschi – 2023 – present