Fr. Bruce King, IC
Pastor, St. Theresa
Saint Theresa Catholic Church was originally established in 1968 as a Mission, known as St. Edward's, from St. Anthony's in Brooksville. Rev. James Hoge, O.S.B. was the pastor of the Mission and services were held in a storefront in Weeki Wachee Woodlands. In 1973, with Rev. Claude E. Brubaker as the founding pastor, the weekend services and religious education classes were moved to the Spring Hill Recreation Center. Daily Masses were held in the rectory.
The land for the new parish of St. Theresa was donated by the Mackle Brothers in memory of their mother, Theresa. Groundbreaking of a multi-purpose building was held on June 19, 1974 with the Most Reverend Charles McLaughlin, Bishop of St. Petersburg, dedicating the new building on October 2, 1975.In 1979, Rev. Hubert Reason was appointed pastor and in his one year of service the Mission of Saint Frances Cabrini in north Spring Hill was established. Rev. Harold Bumpus served as pastor from 1980 to 1983.
During this time, Father Bumpus oversaw the building of a new Church. Ground breaking ceremonies were held on May 3, 1981 and the Church was dedicated on October 24, 1982, by the Most Reverend W. Thomas Larkin, Bishop of St. Petersburg. The pipe organ still used in the Church was installed by Father Bumpus. In June of 1983, Monsignor John Scully was appointed pastor. During 1985, Monsignor acquired four models from the Deltona Corporation and put them to immediate use as a rectory, convent and with alterations, a school building.
Under Monsigor's direction, St. Theresa school was established in August 1985 with Sister Giovanna, S.N.J.M. as principal. In the 1990's, St. Theresa school was renamed Notre Dame Interparochial School and then later Notre Dame Catholic School. The current principal is Deacon Scott Conway. Monsignor Scully retired in 1999 and Rev. James McAteer replaced him as Pastor. In 2010, St. Theresa's was blessed with a new parochial vicar, Rev. Edison Bernavas and we have since been blessed in 2012 with our new pastor, Fr. Bruce King.
Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, St. Therese Liseux, called her the "Little Flower", and found in her short life more inspiration for their own lives than in volumes by theologians.