Parish History

History of the Parish Symbol's


Humble Beginnings

On February 12, 1960, Archbishop Thomas Connolly established the parish of Saint Louise de Marillac. The first Sunday Masses for the 700 families of the parish were offered in the Sammamish High School cafeteria on February 14, 1960. Formal ground-breaking ceremonies were held in December 1960, and construction started in January. The initial plans called for a ten classroom school, convent, and temporary church. The school opened in September 1961. The entire facility was formally dedicated by Archbishop Connolly in October 1961, on the Feast of Christ the King.

Less than a year after the dedication, there was a need for expansion, and so in April 1963, construction began on seven new school classrooms and additional storage space.

During the summer of 1975, the nearly empty convent was converted to an administrative center, and the parish offices were moved from the rectory.


Growing Through Change

The Parish gained approval from the Archdiocese in July 1978, to begin construction of a new gymnasium and major renovation of the existing church. The Lavelle Center gymnasium was completed and dedicated in mid-1979. The church was finished in early 1981, and dedicated Easter Sunday, April 19, 1981.

Looking to the Future

St. Louise Parish has grown from the original 700 families to more than 4300 currently registered families. In addition, during the fifty years of this parish's life two other parishes, Saint Madeleine Sophie and Saint Jude, were formed as an outgrowth of our parish. Our growth continues; our school has an enrollment exceeding 440, and our parish is one of the largest Catholic communities in Western Washington.




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