Church of the Resurrection’s Heritage

The Church of the Resurrection began as a faith community on May 8, 1970, when Fr. Joseph Finnerty was commissioned by Bishop Leo Maher to come to Escondido to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to the community of north Escondido.  From Mass said in the humble beginnings of Fr. Finnerty’s garage, to the dedication of the current church in 1973, the Church of the Resurrection has been a community of faith welcoming all who entered its doors.


  • Parish is established
  • Fr. Joseph Finnerty named Pastor


  • Move from Knights of Columbus Hall to Rose School
  • Groundbreaking for the current worship space 
  • Multi-use building is constructed
  • Ministry offices are located in church building
  • Church used for CCD


  • Patio and stairs are built
  • Parking lot expanded, new office building and garage are built


  • Rev. Laurence Dolan named Pastor


  • Parish experiences tremendous growth
  • Temporary trailers used for social activities


  • Rev. Roger Lechner named Pastor


  • Rev. Charles Fuld named Pastor


  • Registered parishioners – Over 3,800
  • CCD students – Over 1,000


  • Parish Hall and 6 classrooms constructed


  • Rev. Kenneth Del Priore named Pastor
  • Registered parishioners – Over 4,200


  • Parish commits to “We Are Church . . . Together We Build”
    Begins planning for the New Permanent Church & Master Plan of the Campus


  • Phase I:  Parking Lot and Fencing Completed


  • Cornerstone Celebration - Old Youth Center torn down


  • Spring - Phase II begins - Fall / Winter Completion of the the back parking lot up to the pad where the new church will sit.


     Campaign Sharing Our Faith, Building Our Future


  • Construction of the Church Building Phase III begins.......


  •   The New Permanent Church opens June 7


  • Rev Eduardo Bernardino is named Pastor