Saint Theresa Catholic Church (Kekaha, Hawaii)

Saint Theresa Catholic Church in Kekaha is a parish of the Roman Catholic Church of Hawaii in the United States. Located in Kekaha on the island of Kauai, the church falls under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Honolulu and its bishop. It is named after Thérèse of Lisieux.

The original St. Theresa Church was blessed in January 1941. It burned down in 1977 and a new church was built on the original sight and blessed in 1979.[1] The church was staffed by Marist priests from 1944-1985 when LaSalette priests took over. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, have worked at St. Theresa School since coming to Hawaii in 1946. The school also began in 1946. A sister was principal at St. Theresa School until 2006, when the school received its first lay principal.[2]

Hurricane Iniki destroyed the original St. Theresa School, as well as, the rectory, convent, and church hall. The church needed a new roof and other repairs.[1]

2009 photo of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Kekaha


  1. ^ a b Anna Weaver (3 November 2006). "A tsunami, fire, hurricane and six decades later: Tiny St. Theresa, the westernmost Catholic school in the United States, joyfully celebrates its 60 birthday". Hawaii Catholic Herald. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  2. ^ Anna Weaver (3 November 2006). "All of the way from Manitowoc: The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity have served St. Theresa School in Kekaha since 1946". Hawaii Catholic Herald. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 

External links

  • Official website for St. Theresa's Catholic Church
  • Photos of church buildings and grounds
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