St. Matthew Orthodox Christian Church
In 1983 the seeds were planted when faithful Orthodox Christians in the South Bay came together to establish the mission Church which would become the St. Matthew Orthodox Church we know today. Fueled by their love for Jesus Christ and a desire to make the Orthodox Christian Faith more accessable to Americans, the founders of St. Matthew invested much time and resources to get the mission off the ground and keep it moving forward.
This November, we invite you to join us in celebrating:
40 YEARS of Orthodox Faith,
Join us in honoring our founders, both living and departed.
Join us in continuing the good work of our founders as we building on the foundation which they have laid.
1983 - 2023
St. Matthew Timeline
1983, November: Formal establishment of the South Bay Mission Station by His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP (Saliba)
1984, August: Rev. Father Paul Doyle appointed as Priest of the South Bay Mission Station
1984, December: The Holy Apostle & Evangelist Matthew declared Patron and Protector of the Mission
1987, November: His Grace Bishop ANTOUN blesses and dedicates Church property on Hickman Dr. in Torrance
1993, November: St. Matthew Mission official recognized as a "Parish"
1995, March: Purchase of current property at 2368 Sonoma St. in Torrance
1996, May: His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP Consecrates Church Temple
1999, August: Rev. Father Simeon Corona assigned as Parish Priest of St. Matthew
2004, November: Blessing of New Iconostasis and celebration of 20th Anniversary
2006, October: Rev. Father George Aquaro assigned as Parish Priest of St. Matthew
2009, October: Celebration of 25th Anniversary
2016, December: Departure of this life of the founding pastor, Archimandrite Paul Doyle
2017, September: Rev. Father John Mahfouz assigned as Priest of St. Matthew
2023, November: Celebration of 40th Anniversary
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