In August 1905, Rev. William Quinlan, of Los Angeles, was sent to San Diego to build the second church in the City of San Diego. The cornerstone of Our Lady of Angels Church was laid on July 19, 1906. The new parish, of less than forty families, held its first Mass on Christmas Day 1906, before pews and kneelers where installed.
Our Lady of Angels has had a rich and beautiful history. The early years were influenced by the large numbers of Irish families. More recently it has been shaped by the influx of Hispanic families. Each has brought its own particular gifts: the Irish, their devotion to the church and their fidelity to its laws; the Hispanics, their strong family unity and their respect and love of the church. The present congregation is a unique blending of the two with the contributions of many other races that make Our Lady of Angels a true reflection of the universal church.
We thank God for all the dedicated priests and religious people who have served this community so devotedly during all its years. We ask God to bless us and give us strength and unity as we move into more challenges in the upcoming years.