History Timeline

June 13, 1963 Archbishop Gerald T. Bergan creates St. James Parish, naming Fr. Jerome Dickes the founding pastor.

June 23, 1963 The first Mass is celebrated at Boyd Elementary School, dubbed "St. Boyd" by parishioners.

June 1965 Construction of a 16-room school, multi-purpose room and temporary church is completed.

September 1965 St. James School opens with 500 students in grades 1 - 8

1966 The west wing is added to the school.

1972 A rectory is built at 9025 Larimore Avenue

1981 After the parish grows to 2,200 families, a sister parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, is formed.   The school is renamed St. James/Seton.

1987 An 11,000-square-foot parish center adjoining the school is built.

1994 A new junior-high wing for the school (the upper floor of the parish center addition) opens.

1999 The parish center mortgage is retired.

1999 A two-phase capital campaign is begun to build a new church and make improvements to the school.

2001 Ground is broken for a 23,200-square-foot addition that includes a new St. James church building.

Work on a possible second phase of the capital campaign is begun, with the centerpiece of the proposed project the renovation of the former St. James worship space into school offices, meeting space, computer laboratory and library.

December 1, 2002
The new St. James church building is dedicated by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss.