Our Roots Leading to the Dedication of our New Church
In the early 1970’s the Diocese of Tucson purchased several acres of desert land in anticipation of a future need for a new Catholic Church on the far northwest side of town.
In January 1980, Bishop Green officially established the parish of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, affectionately known as SEAS. Reverend Thomas Millane was assigned as the first pastor.
For the first two years, SEAS community of approximately 85 families met at Butterfield School for Saturday and Sunday Masses. The rectory, daily Masses and the parish office were at 7001 N. Donatello Way. Religious Education classes were held in parishioners’ homes. During this time, a building fund was established and construction of the parish center building was completed and ready for its first Mass on September 18, 1982. The new church was dedicated on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, 1982.
SEAS community continued to grow and soon there was standing room only at some Masses. In 1990, a vigorous capital fund-raising campaign began and architect Douglas Seaver was commissioned to design the new church.
Groundbreaking took place on December 19, 1993, a new church that could seat over 1,700 was built, and the first Mass celebrated was Easter Vigil, April 15, 1995. As of that date, there were approximately 2,150 families worshipping at SEAS.