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Bishop Burbidge Dedicates St. Therese of the Child Jesus

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On Sunday, January 8, The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass for the parish family of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Beulaville. The liturgy was also marked by the dedication of parish’s new church, a building and property purchased from a local Baptist congregation. In addition to the worship space, the church building has a meeting room and offices. The purchase also included a house and a large parking lot.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus began as a station of Holy Spirit Church in Kinston and was originally located in Pink Hill, Lenoir County. Later, the station became part of St. Mary Parish in Mt. Olive.

In 2007, Bishop Burbidge created the parish of Maria Reina de las Americas (formerly Posada Guadalupana) naming St. Therese a mission of that parish and appointing Fr. Edgar Sepulveda as pastor. Today the faith community numbers more than 100 families, with Masses in Spanish and English.