The History of Holy Rosary Church

Jacksonville, Florida

1915:  A mission wooden chapel named Holy Rosary was erected on the corner of 16thand Springfield Boulevard.

1917:  A parish was created to include the chapels of Our Lady of the Angels in the Lackawana Section and Holy Rosary in Springfield.

1919:  Rev. William Barry purchases property on Cottage Avenue and the Wooden Chapel was moved to a new location.

1920:  A two-story house on Cottage Avenue is purchased to be used as a rectory.

1921:  In October, Holy Rosary becomes an independent parish.

1922:  Property is purchased on Laura Street for a new Church building.

1923:  Cornerstone is laid by Bishop Patrick Barry; work is started on the new church.

1923:  In December, First Mass is celebrated in the Church on Cottage Avenue and Laura Street.

1924:  In January, the Church building is dedicated. The rectory is moved next to the Church on Laura Street. Original wooden chapel is converted into a parish hall.

1952:  Property is acquired at Brentwood Avenue and 41st Street.

1957:  Groundbreaking ceremony for Holy Rosary School.

1958:  Holy Rosary School opens its doors for classes and dedication is held.  The school was staffed   by four Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Augustine and 4 lay teachers.

1960:  Redemptorist Fathers staff Holy Rosary Parish.

1962: Mass also celebrated in Lake Forest Elementary School to minister to the increasing population in the Northshore and Lake Forest areas.

1964:  In April, groundbreaking ceremony for a Provisional Church and Parish Hall on Brentwood Avenue.

1964:  In October, Provisional Church is dedicated by Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley.

1966:  Sisters of St. Joseph leave Holy Rosary School.

1967:  Sister of Notre Dame from Toledo, Ohio staff Holy Rosary School.

1973:  Construction is completed on the new rectory on 41st Street.

1984:  In February, groundbreaking ceremony for new Church on Brentwood Avenue.

1984:  In October, new Church on Brentwood Avenue is dedicated by  Bishop John J. Snyder. Provisional Church is converted into a parish hall.

1986:  Church on Cottage Avenue and Laura Street is closed.

1992:  In August, Sisters of Notre Dame celebrated 25 years in the Parish.

1996:  In October, 75th Anniversary of the parish, celebrated by Bishop John J. Snyder.

1998:  In May, 40th Anniversary of Holy Rosary School.