St. Rose of Lima
If you are a visitor to St. Rose of Lima, we want you to know how welcome you are, whether you have come from another part of the country, across the world, or simply from another parish in the Diocese. Please join us after Mass for coffee, goodies and conversation.
Masses in the early twenties were said at various homes in Sooke, principally at the home of Chief Andrew Lazar on the Native Reserve. A church was eventually erected on reserve land and was named after America's first canonized saint—Rose of Lima. It was blessed February 7, 1926 and was one of the most beautiful chapels in western Canada at that time. It was serviced semi-monthly from the Cathedral in Victoria. In 1942 St. Rose was completely destroyed by fire but then rebuilt with the help of many local volunteers. The new church, located at 2191 Townsend Road, was dedicated by Bishop Richard Gagnon on May 5, 2012.