Brief History of the Parish

August 1, 1984 – A new parish in Lithonia was created and Fr. John Kiernan was named the founding pastor. The name Christ Our Hope was chosen from the opening words of 1 Timothy 1:1 “Christ Jesus, Our Hope.”

August 2, 1987 - the original multipurpose building was dedicated and was then used to accommodate the church, as well as other meeting rooms and offices.

1991 – The late Fr. Austin Fogarty was named second pastor of Christ Our Hope.

1994– A major renovation was done on the now Sr. Thea Bowman hall which was used as the church.

1997 – Fr. Paul Flood was named the third pastor of Christ Our Hope

May 1, 2000 – The groundbreaking ceremony for the new church building took place.

February, 2001- The new church was dedicated by Most Rev. Dr. John-Francis Donoghue, the then Archbishop of Atlanta.

June, 2001 – Fr. Jack Durkin was named the fourth pastor of Christ Our Hope

2002– The installation of stained glass windows started together with the revitalization of spiritual activities in the parish.

2005–Fr. Guyma Noel was named the fifth pastor of Christ Our Hope.  The installation of the stained glass windows was completed.

2009 – Christ Our Hope was fenced by the Security Committee.

July, 2010 - First Spanish Mass was celebrated at Christ Our Hope by Fr. Noel.

2011 - The Spanish Community started the construction of an outdoor grotto in honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.

July, 2012 – Fr. JohnPaul Ezeonyido was named the sixth pastor of Christ Our Hope.

Aug - Dec, 2012 - the interior of the rectory, administrative offices, the kitchen and hallways of Sr. Thea Bowman Hall were renovated. The construction of the grotto of Our Lady of Guadalupe was completed.

2013– The Spanish community repaired the soccer field, constructed the volley ball court, and revitalized the picnic area.

2014– The Spanish community remodeled Sr. Thea Bowman Parish Hall. The 30th Anniversary Mediation/Memorial Garden and outdoor Stations of the Cross were added to spiritual space of Christ Our Hope.

September 21, 2014 — Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory, the Archbishop of Atlanta, is officially opening Christ Our Hope 30th Meditation/Memorial Garden.