History of Mary Our Queen

Established in 1963

Established on June 13, 1963, Mary Our Queen parish started its growing process on ten acres of property at the southeast corner of 119th and Valley Drive. The church was completed in May of 1965 and the school followed in September of that same year. Due to the lack of space in the classrooms, a second addition to our school was completed by fall of 1967. In 1971, a gymnasium at the south end of the school was added.

A temporary office and the rectory were used until 1985 when the Parish Center was built. The Center takes care of the needs of the Religious Education offices, ministry offices, and parish offices in addition to offices for the priests and their private living quarters.

Msgr. Francis P Kenny – Founding Pastor

Monsignor Francis P. Kenny was named founding pastor on June 13, 1963 and saw the accomplishments of the parish as being completed by the “grace of God, the encouragement of Archbishop Bergan and Archbishop Sheehan, along with the untiring work of the School Sisters of St. Francis and lay faculty, and the dedication of many parishioners who gave their time, talent and financial assistance to the parish.”

Monsignor Francis P. Kenny

Rev. Carl A. Salanitro – Pastor

In June 1994, Mary Our Queen welcomed Fr. Carl A. Salanitro as pastor, succeeding Msgr. Kenny.

The church was renovated in April 1997, and in 1998 the school added more classrooms.

In 2001 construction began on the Monsignor Kenny Center. This construction project added the Trinity Rooms, Upper Room, Family Room, additional meeting rooms, school classrooms, a school library and school computer room.

On June 29, 2003 Mary Our Queen celebrated its 40th Anniversary as a parish. On that same day the Monsignor Kenny Center was dedicated and the new Visitation Garden was blessed by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss.

Rev. Robert K. English – Pastor

In June 2004, Mary Our Queen welcomed Fr. Robert K. English to succeed Fr. Carl A. Salanitro.

With the guidance of Fr. Bob playground equipment was added to the parish grounds, a sign indicating the church and school was added on the corner of 119th and Valley and the second 5 – Year Strategic Plan (Strengthened by Our Tradition, Ensuring Our Future) was completed.

Fr. Bob also established the Soaring Spirit Parish Engagement program.

On June 29, 2013 Mary Our Queen celebrated its 50th Anniversary as a parish. An outdoor Mass (led by Archbishop George J. Lucas and concelebrated by past and present Mary Our Queen clergy) and catered dinner were highlights of the festive weekend.