Message from the Chaplain
My warmest felicitations to all devotees and pilgrims of St. Therese Mission.
Above all, with praises and gratitude to God for His divine providence that inspired us to take part in the planting of this Little Flower,
In the scenic Mojave, this little flower has started to bloom; a humble yet promising faith-community has planted a sanctuary of faith, prayer, family, and life at the heart of the Old Spanish Trail.
This sacred edifice is named in honor of St. Therese of Lisieux and it is my fervent prayer that we may deepen our devotion into concrete works of faith and warm gestures of love. By doing good on earth even in the smallest of things but with great love; this is the little way of our beloved Saint.
It is my wish that her spirit and virtues be concretized in this growing little flower in the desert, in which the St. Therese Mission shall live to inspire and serve the present time and beyond.
How the Mission Started
Boy and Shalene Dizon
The Shrine of St. Thérèse
Bishop Armando Blessing the Mission's Altar
The late patriarch of the Dizon Family and Chairman of Magnificat Ventures Corporation, Mr. Rafael "Boy" Dizon, Jr., and his wife, Mrs. Rosaline "Shalene" Dizon, both nurtured a dream to build and dedicate a church in honor of St. Thérèse, their Patroness.
Over the years, the Dizon family has always relied on St. Thérèse's intercession and guidance. Attributing Mr. Dizon's miraculous recovery on complications from Colon Cancer to her. This vision became reality in 2003 when the Shrine of St. Thérèse in Pasay City, Philippines was established. This paved the way for the Dizon Family to continue spreading devotion to St. Thérèse, widening their horizons, leading them to venture to a similar project in the United States - The St. Thérèse Mission.
They envisioned that the Mojave Desert would be perfect for the Mission, far enough away from the city lights for religious solitude; close enough to Las Vegas to be a draw for the city's large Catholic population and tourists alike.
The proposal to build a church was presented to then Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno, Bishop John Steinbock, through his brother, Fr. Leo Steinbock, a good friend of the Dizon Family. Bishop John issued a letter of endorsement for the Dizons to proceed with the project.
This endorsement and agreement, has since been renewed by the Bishop of Fresno, Bishop Armando Ochoa, who in October of 2015 attended the Solemn Dedication and turnover of the Mission from the Dizon family to the Diocese of Fresno. The St. Thérèse Mission is an official Catholic Mission of the Diocese under the Lone Pine Parish, which is headed by Fr. Douglas Walker.
Bishop Armando X. Ochoa's successor, Bishop Joseph V. Brennan now heads the Diocese of Fresno (2019).
Our Partners at the Mission
The Mission was made possible by the collective efforts of the following organizations. All of whom ensure that the project is run and maintained.
The St. Therese Mission Foundation is a 501c3 Non Profit Organization that is tasked to run the educational and cultural programs at the Mission.
From the same pioneering team behind the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in the Philippines, MVC-USA brings the same high-quality, unique model of developing a venue for the propagation of faith and the memorialization of our departed loved ones; a venue to celebrate life.
RAFI Architecture and Design is a full service master planning, architecture, and interior design firm with its corporate headquarters in Henderson, Nevada. Led by Laura Jane Spina, RID and Dr. Robert A. Fielden, Principal Architect. RAFI was founded in 1985, and since then has specialized in providing comprehensive client services for commercial development in the Western United States, with licenses in eight states.
Being on the California side of the CA-NV border, the St. Therese Mission is under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno headed by Bishop Joseph V. Brennan.