By Liz Sullivan
With a simple digging of the shovel, a vision that has taken over 50 years is on its way to completion.
On June 6, the Church of the Ascension in Saratoga broke ground on a new rectory. The one-story, 3,700-square foot three–bedroom house is expected to be completed in six-to-seven months.
“I am very excited about this,” said Pastor Father Joe Galang, who has led the Church of the Ascension congregation since 2007. “The parish is very excited about this, too. This is a good thing for us.”
The vision for the Rectory began with the founding pastor of the Church, Father William Warner, who first oversaw construction of the Church in 1965 and opened it in 1967. Previously, priests assigned to the church lived in a house across the street.
In addition, each of the three suites will have a bedroom, study and its own bathroom. There will be a shared kitchen and living area.
“This will be a wonderful residence for the priests as they serve the people,” said Monsignor Francis Cilia, Vicar General for the Diocese of San Jose and who blessed the site of the rectory.