PASTORS OF ST CHRISTOPHER, HOBE SOUND
Fr. Timothy Geary, Founding Pastor, 1953
Rev. John McKeown, April 1954
Rev. Jerome Martin, September 1961
Rev. Patrick Murray, July 1964
Rev. Charles Stadalinikas, 1971
Rev. Paul Leo Manning, February 1982
Rev. Frank Guinan, August 1984
Rev. Daniel Barrett, September 1987
Rev. Leslie Cann, July 1989
Rev. Aidan Hynes, July 1999 - Present
History of St Christopher, Hobe Sound
St. Christopher Parish had its beginning in the late 1940's, when winter residents, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Devine, envisioned the growth to come and offered to build a church to serve the spiritual needs of the few Catholics in the area, and those yet to move to Hobe Sound. The result was the beautiful church we worship in today.
Groundbreaking took place in 1952 and the attractive Spanish Revival architecture of St. Christopher Parish, with its impressive bell tower, became an instant landmark along US1. Its classic beauty has endured and remains a landmark today. St. Christopher Catholic Church was formally dedicated in December 1953 by the Most Reverend Joseph P. Hurley, Archbishop of St. Augustine.
During the intervening 50 plus years, St. Christopher Catholic Church has grown significantly. In order to meet the spiritual and social needs of this growing parish family, St. Christopher parish has expanded or been refurbished numerous times.
The first was our parish hall, built under the pastoral leadership of Fr. Charles Stadalinkas. Ground breaking took place in 1979 and the dedication of the facility was in 1990, by the Most Reverend Edward McCarthy, the Archbishop of Miami.
The Parish Administration Center and Chapel was built in the mid 1980's. Ground breaking was in 1985, led by Fr. Frank Guinan, Pastor and Fr. Paul Leo Manning, Pastor Emeritus. Dedication took place in 1986 by the Most Reverend Thomas Daily, Bishop of the Diocese of Palm Beach. After the death of Fr. Manning, the building was dedicated to him and a memorial plaque was put up at the entrance to the cloister area.
The expansion of the Church took place in 1992. These renovations were under the direction of Fr. Leslie Cann. The Blessing of the Renovated St. Christopher Church was January 17, 1993, by the Most Reverend J. Keith Symons, Bishop of the Diocese of Palm Beach.
The Education Center and the Rectory were built in the late 1990's. The concept and design of these buildings, as well as that of the renovations to the church that had just taken place are a testament to the vision Fr. Leslie Cann had for the parish. The dedication of the new facilities took place on March 7, 1999, by the Most Reverend Anthony J. O'Connell, Bishop of the Diocese of Palm Beach.
The parish hall, church, religous education building, hospitality room, parish offices, and St. Vincent de Paul were all refurbished and brought up to date between 2010 and 2017, under the direction of Fr. Aidan Hynes, in order to provide a safer and more modern facility to service the parish and it's functions.
More significant than the growth of our parish facilities is the growth of our parish family. From our meek beginnings in 1953, we have grown to a vibrant parish of 2,500 registered families. While this does reflect the population growth in South Florida, it more importantly is reflecting the faith, the love, and the hard work of the clergy and parishioners that have all made St. Christopher Parish so strong.