St Vivian's

St. Vivians

St. ViviansAs the small town of Milan began to grow west of Grants, priests in Grants began to recognize the need for a church there to serve the Catholic population.In the early 1960s, land was donated to the diocese for a church by then Mayor Salvador Milan. However, the small congregation was not able to build a church yet, so the priest used an Episcopal church until their own could be built.

In 1969, Milan became a parish under the guidance of Father Joseph Brackett, the first pastor. He began seeking funds for a church which was built and dedicated to St. Vivian on November 11th 1969, the last church to be dedicated by Bishop Espelage. A tower was added to the structure in 1977.

This small parish has managed to thrive in an economically depressed area under the skillful guidance of its pastors.
St. Vivian's has the only late Sunday Mass between Gallup and Albuquerque and is expanding its youth activities, especially in the area of youth choir and Life Teen.

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