PARISH HISTORY

Construction of Church St. Pius Church Tower Church Constructed Church at present Church Interior

In the spring of 1955, Bishop Charles Buddy commissioned Father James McGinley to form a new parish in the growing south bay area of San Diego County. The first Mass was celebrated on Ash Wednesday of that year in a rented house. Father McGinley dedicated the new church to St. Pius X, and adopted words from that Holy Father’s coat of arms for the motto of the parish: “To restore all things in Christ”. The first Mass in the new church building was celebrated on Thanksgiving Day 1955. The rectory, which also housed the church office, and the parish hall were completed in 1957. The parish school and the convent followed in 1960. Father McGinley brought the Sisters of St. Clare over from Ireland to teach the children. Father McGinley instituted the parish council and started the parish picnic, an annual event that continues today. Father McGinley, a native of Ireland, was elevated to Monsignor in 1973, and retired in 1975 due to failing health. He remained in residence as Pastor Emeritus until his death in 1985.

Succeeding Pastors of St. Pius X, Chula Vista:

Father Donald Kulleck 1975 - 1998

Father Joseph Masar 1998 - 2006

Father James Rafferty 2006 - 2008

Father Luke Jauregui 2008 - 2014

Father Chris Kintanar 2014 - Present