Our History

1962In 1962 the new Diocese of Oakland and its new bishop, Bishop Floyd Begin, created its new first parish called Our Lady Queen of the World. Bishop Begin named this newly installed parish after the Blessed Mother under her title as Patron of the Diocese of Oakland. The parish was to serve the unincorporated area west of Pittsburg in Contra Costa County in what is today called Bay Point.

Two small mission churches, St. Frances of Rome in Port Chicago and St. Philomena in Bella Vista, served the area before the current church plant was built in 1965. Today, the bells from the old missions have been preserved and installed in the belfry of the new church. The church and rectory were built by volunteer crews; the social hall, called Palis Hall after Fr. Theo Palis, was built in 1988 by contractor and volunteers. These stand today as a reminder of the parishioners volunteer spirit and the progress made by the church in Contra Costa County.

Succession of Pastors:

  • Fr. James D. O’Shea, 1962-63
  • Fr. John J. Glaskey, 1963-69
  • Fr. Theofilus (Theo) Palis, 1969-96
  • Fr. Richard J. Culver, Administrator, 1996 to 2003, Pastor 2003-2014
  • Fr. Peter Ngo Dung, Administrator, 2014 to Current