- Published on Tuesday, 01 November 2011 23:37
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Established on June 13, 1963, Mary Our Queen Parish started its growing process on ten acres of property at the southeast corner of 119th and Valley Drive. The Church was completed in May of 1965 and the school followed in September of that same year. Due to the lack of space in the classrooms, a second addition to our school was completed by Fall of 1967. In 1971, a gymnasium at the south end of the school was added.
A temporary office and the rectory were used until 1985 when the Parish Center was built. The Center takes care of the needs of the Religious Education offices, Ministry offices, and Parish offices, in addition to offices for the Priests and their private living quarters.
In June 1994, Mary Our Queen welcomed Father Carl A. Salanitro as pastor, succeeding Monsignor Kenny. The Church was renovated in April 1997, and in 1998 the school added more classrooms. In 2001, construction began on the Monsignor Kenny Center. This construction project added the Trinity Rooms, a family room, additional meeting rooms, school classrooms, library, and computer room.
On June 29th, 2003 Mary Our Queen celebrated the 40th Anniversary as a Parish. On that same day the Monsignor Kenny Center was dedicated and the New Visitation Garden was blessed by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss.
June of 2004 Mary Our Queen welcomed Rev. Robert K. English to succeed Rev. Carl A. Salanitro. Under Rev. Robert English, playground equipment was added to the parish grounds, a sign indicating the Church and School was added to 119th and Valley; and the second 5-Year Strategic Plan (Strengthened by our Tradition, Ensuring our Future) and the Soaring Spirit Parish Engagement Program was begun.