The year 1998 commenced a new historic stage for the Hispanic Catholic community of the West Side of Cleveland. Our past Bishop, Most Reverend Anthony Pilla implemented a vision he had to merge the communities of San Juan Bautista Church (St. John the Baptist), led by Father David F. Fallon, and Capilla Cristo Rey (Christ King Chapel), led by Father James McCreight. Both parishes united through the efforts and financial commitments and sacrifices of parishioners and many others that were willing to continue the mission our forefathers initiated.
The name of the parish, La Sagrada Familia, was chosen by our Bishop Anthony Pilla as a representation of the unity of both parishes, and of the unity of such diverse Hispanic ethnicities present in both parishes. Because of the dedication, perseverance, and personal and financial sacrifices of our parishioners and Pastors, our dream of having our own parish became a reality.
After the inception of our new parish, the community of La Sagrada Familia continued to endure many changes. Such was the retirement of our beloved Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, and the inauguration of our new Bishop, Most Reverend Richard Lennon. Although the founding Bishop of our parish retired, our esteemed Father David F. Fallon amicably and diligently continued to serve our parish and the surrounding community for twelve years after its initiation. Regrettably, after twenty years of service to our community, Father Fallon passed away on May 1, 2009. Our parish and community underwent considerable grief and mourn.
However, the Lord blessed La Sagrada Familia with a new Pastor, Father Robert J. Reidy. Father Robert Reidy’s hospitable manner and readiness to accept and support our parish and its mission was quickly embraced by our parishioners. Together, Father Robert Reidy and our parishioners strive to maintain La Sagrada Familia as the physical stronghold through which our unity, spirituality, and culture are nurtured.