Catholic church first to break ground in Bakersfield in 45 years

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church broke ground to their new church, Saturday. 

According to the catholic community, the church is the first be built around the city in 45 years.

"All of these days and all of these years and months are really coming to fruition so it's really been something to get the feeling of what is happening to this part of Bakersfield," said Bishop Armando Ochoa from the Catholic Diocese of Fresno. 

Parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton currently meet at Frontier High School every Sunday. They first established the church in 2008 with 200 people, but are now at over 1,000 attendants. 

The new church will house 1,500 seats with a multiple purpose room and is estimated to cost about $6.2 million. 

"It's been a long time coming so we are overjoyed," said church attendant Carolyn Woff. 

The church will join the existing 26 parishes in the Fresno Diocese that includes Kern County. 

Construction of the church will be a three phase process starting next month. 




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