San Sebastian Catholic Church: St. Augustine, Florida San Sebastian Catholic Church: St. Augustine, Florida

History of Our Parish


  • Bishop Paul Tanner assigned Fr. John O'Flaherty to build a Catholic Parish west of the San Sebastian River.
  • The first masses were held in the flower shop of Mr. & Mrs. Carcaba. A larger facility was soon needed.
  • Mr. John Shugart volunteered the use of his Palmer Street warehouse.


  • The parish was moved to Palmer Street after the building was renovated into a beautiful church seating 256.
  • With the future already in mind, an additional 5.5 acres of land were purchased along State Road 16.


  • Construction on the future church began, providing seating for 340 with additional seating in the social hall for 200.
  • On September 30, 1973 the new San Sebastian Church was officially dedicated in a mass celebrated by Bishop Paul Tanner.


  • Fr. O'Flaherty announced plans to build a new Rectory within five years.


  • Three additional lots were purchased on Glimpse of Glory Road bringing the total property to 14.5 acres.
  • A small garage was built behind the church for storage.
  • A platform was added to the sanctuary area for the presidential chair and altar servers' chairs.


  • Fr. Doug Reed purchased a double-wide mobile home to serve as a Rectory/Friary until a home could be built.


  • The ground-breaking ceremony for the new Rectory was held.


  • The new Rectory was dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the Church.


  • Area growth leads to need to enlarge the church.
  • Committees were formed and an architect, Sr. Barbara Cekosh, was contracted to draw up plans.


  • In March the parish joined together for a "Kick-Off Dinner" for our "Continuing the Vision" New Church Building Campaign.


  • The ground-breaking ceremony for the new Church was held on August 27, 2005.


  • September 15, 2007 the dedication of our new church was celebrated with Bishop Victor Galeone presiding.
  • December 2, 2007 the San Sebastian Carillon Gift Shop opened.


  • February 9, 2008 the San Sebastian Parish Library opened.


  • October 15, 2010 Fr. John D. Gillespie took over as pastor for retiring Fr. Thomas P. Walsh.