About Our Parish

 

2505 Electric Road (Rt. 419), Roanoke, Virginia 24018
Phone: (540) 774-0066    Fax: (540) 774-2148

OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Our Parish Covenant

We the parish family of Our Lady of Nazareth, are united by our commitment of service to others as living witnesses of the life, death and resurrection of Christ as taught by the Scriptures and His example. 

We, who are called to be ministers, missionaries and priests, covenant ourselves to the following:

  • Develop authentic and meaningful liturgical celebrations to praise God and intensify our faith.
  • Advance the physical, social and emotional well-being of the parish family and the human community by caring for the needs of the aged, poor, lonely, racially exploited, socially oppressed, helpless and suffering people.
  • Contribute ample social activities so that we might develop as a parish family.
  • Provide continuous religious education and formation for all parish members.
  • Provide adequate physical surroundings, financial resources, and management to implement this covenant.

So help us God. Amen.


The History of Our lady of nazareth

1914

When the City of Roanoke was only thirty years old, the Bishop of Richmond sent Father James Gilsenan to serve as Assistant at St. Andrew's and to begin a new parish in the southwest part of the city. Fr. Gilsenan was born in 1877 in Lurgan, County Cavan, Ireland, the son of James Gilsenan and Mary Bradley Gilsenan. He was ordained in 1904.

1915

The Catholic population of Roanoke was growing. Father Gilsenan purchased a beautiful property on Campbell Avenue. It included a magnificent brick building which became a convent for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, and also a two-story frame building which served as a school, staffed by the sisters.

1916

The school opened with eight grades, and added a grade each year until there was a complete high school department. During the next fifty-six years, Nazareth School enrolled over 11,000 students.

1918

The sisters' chapel was the focus of religious life until 1918. At that time, the lumber salvaged from the razing of the little wooden school at the foot of St. Andrew's hill was used to construct a hall on the Campbell Avenue property. On the Sunday preceding Christmas, 1918, public Mass was celebrated there for the first time. This building is the present St. Francis House.

1919

Bishop Dennis J. O'Connell visited the hall on February 16, 1919, and announced the name of the new parish: Our Lady of Nazareth. At that time there was no other church by that name in the United States.

1926

Within six years, the cornerstone was laid for a new building, which was completed in 1926. When Father Gilsenan dedicated the church, his major goals were realized, but there were many years of debt and struggle ahead. During these years, Father Gilsenan made an indelible mark on the community, winning the affection not only of the parishioners, but the respect of the civic community for his participation in the life of the city and for his work with youth.

1940

Father Gilsenan was named a Monsignor in 1940. 

1953

Msgr. Gilsenan died on September 12, 1953. His requiem was sung at Nazareth and he is buried in St. Andrew's Cemetery. Father Robert F. Beattie was the second pastor of Nazareth. He made extensive improvements to the property and, looking toward the future, purchased the first land for a new church.

1978

The last mass at the old church was celebrated on July 9th, 1978 and the new church on Route 419 was dedicated by Bishop Sullivan that same afternoon. It was with the help of a legacy from Miss Anita Obermeyer in the amount of $450,000 that the present facility on Electric Road (Route 419) was built.

1989

On June 25th, 1989 the Christian Life Center was dedicated in memory of Miss Anna Louise Haley (1910 - 1988).

Present

Nazareth has undergone many changes over the years, reflecting change in the Church and the world. Old organizations have given way to new as we have sought to express our faith and respond to the needs of our time. Parishioner involvement has been a hallmark of Nazareth throughout our history.

Reference: Our Lady of Nazareth Parish 1914 - 1986 Roanoke, Virginia, by Anna Louise Haley


Pastors

  • Rev Joseph P. Lehman, 1997 - Present
  • Rev Kenneth G. Stofft, 1989-1996 
  • Rev William L. Gardner, 1985-1988
  • Rev Thomas F. Shreve, 1983-1985
  • Rev Thomas J. Caroluzza, 1976-1983
  • Rev James M. Noto, 1975-1976
  • Rev John F. Kain, 1971-1975 
  • Rev John J. O'Connell, 1967-1971
  • Rev Robert F. Beattie, 1954-1966 
  • Rev James A Gilsenan, 1914-1953 

Associate Pastors

  • Rev. Nixxon L. Negparanon, 2007-2009
  • Rev. Robert J. Cole, 2006-2007
  • Rev. Andre Antao, 1999-2001, 12/200 -5/2003
  • Rev. Rolo Castillo, 1997-1999
  • Rev. Timothy Huffman, 1996
  • Rev. Robert L. Cummins, 1995-1996
  • Rev. Lawrence Mullaney, 1992-1993
  • Rev. John J. Wagner, 1991-1992
  • Rev. Ed Prather, 1990-1991
  • Rev. John Boddie, 1988-1989
  • Rev. Raymond Machesney, 1986-1987
  • Rev. Daniel O. Brady, 1984-1986
  • Rev. Russel E. Smith, 1981-1984
  • Rev. Brian Yanofchick, 1979-1981
  • Rev. Vincent G. Connery, 1976-1979
  • Rev. Dennis Murphy, 1974-1976
  • Rev. Michael S. Schmied, 1971-1974
  • Rev. Francis Potocky, 1970-1971
  • Rev. John J. Ridgell, 1967-1971
  • Rev. Frank Mahler, 1964-1967
  • Rev. Peter A. Quinn, 1963-1964
  • Rev. Adolph Snella, 1961-1963
  • Rev. Vincent L. Campi, 1957-1961
  • Rev. Joseph G. Heye, 1952-1957
  • Rev. James L. Rizer, 1950-1952
  • Rev. John McGilley, 1950
  • Rev. Albert F. Pereria, 1948-1950
  • Rev. Joseph F. McMahon, 1945-1953
  • Rev. Harris Findlay, 1941-1948
  • Rev. Robert O. Hickman, 1939-1941
  • Rev. Joseph F. Jurgens, 1936-1939
  • Rev. Joseph Rooney, 1936
  • Rev. Conrad Hoffner, 1930-1933