The autumn of 2011 saw a small, but very exciting, development: the founding of St. Katherine Orthodox Mission. From a small handful of families who wanted to see an Orthodox Church in the North County of San Diego came the impetus to found the Mission, and with the blessing of Archbishop BENJAMIN, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West of the Orthodox Church in America, we celebrated our first Divine Liturgy on August 28, 2011, in the the library of St. Katherine College, located at that time in rented facilities in Encinitas, California.
From that point onwards, the growth of the Mission has been blessed by God. Within one year we grew from meeting in a library—setting up and taking down each weekend—to a lovely chapel that was used by St. Katherine College students during the week and by our own distinct church community on the weekends and feast days.
It soon became apparent that the community had outgrown the small chapel space and we began to look for a more permanent rental property. We relied heavily upon the prayers, material support, and encouragement of many people, both within and beyond our community. After a successful search and financial appeal, in November of 2014, we moved to a 5000 sq. ft. facility in an office park in Carlsbad, California, with room for worship space, office space, and social space.