By GEORGIA BULLETIN STAFF | Published August 20, 2015
DOUGLASVILLE—With a bilingual Mass, a dinner and dance, parishioners of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church in Douglasville celebrated the 30th anniversary of the establishment of their parish on Aug. 7.
The official decree was made on Aug. 8, 1985, by Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan when the request and the door-to-door survey by a representative group of 12 families convinced the archdiocese that enough Catholic families—approximately 250 families—lived in the western part of Douglas County to justify a new parish. At the time St. John Vianney Church in Lithia Springs was the only parish in the county.
Today the parish includes over 1,250 registered families. The population of the county has more than doubled since 1985, and it is among the fastest growing counties in Georgia.
Bishop Luis R. Zarama presided at the anniversary Mass with Father Jesús David Trujillo-Luna, the pastor, as concelebrant. Previous pastors Father Richard Tibbetts and Father Fernando Molina-Restrepo joined in the celebration of Mass. Over three decades the parish has established and expanded its first church, added a new rectory and a parish life center and acquired new property across the street to build for the future needs of the Catholic community. Visit sainttheresacatholicchurch.org for the details about the ministries of the parish and its 30 years of Catholic history.