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Rectory & Church

Our Rectory

Anticipating our growth and eventual change from a mission to a parish, Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church began to construct a priest's residence. This groundbreaking process was held in 2001. Due to the spirit and leadership of Father Andre Izac, and the generosity of many individuals, including our summer visitors, the residence rectory was completed in July 2002. This beautiful residence is secluded in the northwestern rear of our property with views of the wetlands and Pamlico Sound. A housewarming was held on July 21, 2002, and visiting priest used it, and in return, they helped out with the summer Mass schedule.

The New Church Construction Progress

In the fall of 2003, we started the construction of our 300-seat church. The architect and engineer diligently worked together on the plans to put the final touches on the church. Some revisions of the interior seating, choir area, the size of the sanctuary, and several others had been completed; additionally, the main sanctuary window was redesigned to accommodate our beautiful crucifix. The ramp on the right accommodates our handicapped visitors and parishioners. It leads into a special seating area near the sanctuary. On January 9, 2003, Father Andre' and David Kelmer went before the Dare County Planning Board and received approval of our building and property development plans. The next step in the process was to receive final approval from the Dare County commissioners, on February 17, 2003.

On February 24, 2003, we received the conditional use permit from the County. This enabled us to erect more than one primary structure on a single parcel of property. Once that was completed and the pre-bids were obtained, we were ready to send the entire package to the Diocese of Raleigh for their final approval. This approval from the Diocese was received in large part due to the tireless efforts of Joanne Mason, and we were then able to continue towards construction. Our hope was that construction would begin early in the spring or late winter. The construction of the new church approximately took 12 to 14 months, allowing us to seat 300 individual chairs with kneelers. The size of the church was predetermined by codes, permits, usable land, parking space requirements, and several other factors.

Construction Timeline

As the construction continued throughout the year, we continually took pictures to share with you. We are joyful to share the experience of how the church was built. Dedication of the new church was held on September 12, 2005.

How the Church Was Built Completed Images of the Church

Articles and Announcements From July 12, 2010

Financially, we are hoping that your response will continue to be as generous as it has been so far. We realize many of you have already gifted us with major pledges and we are sincerely thankful for your generosity. There were many major memorials and all have been pledged.

Our last order of the engraved pavers which completed the walkway that leads up to our church, was placed in January 2016. The pavers were dedicated to a loved one or a special anniversary or day.