For 60 years St. John Fisher Parish in Southwest Portland has gathered as a parish family to celebrate the love of Christ through the sacraments, liturgy and prayer.

“We continue to grow in knowledge and wisdom of the Catholic faith, which bears fruit in hospitality and service to others,” parish leaders said in a press release.

Last September, church and school families came together on the playground to celebrate the 60 year anniversary of the school dedication and first Mass at St. John Fisher, held Sept. 20, 1959, in the temporary church in the school gymnasium.

Through the generosity of St. Thomas More and St. Clare parishioners under the guidance of Father Francis Schaefers, administrator, the nucleus of St. John Fisher was provided in the late 1950s. St. John Fisher Church was completed later, in 1968. 

Today St. John Fisher Church and its school are attended by approximately 700 families. A total of 200 students are enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Improvements to buildings and grounds supported by a parish-wide capital campaign started in November 1959 as St. John Fisher embarked on an effort to retire debt on the school construction and start a capital fund to build the church and rectory. 

The Canvas Committee representing the parish leadership at that time included young Al Corrado, who now with his wife, Sue, are still enjoying the parish community. 

The Corrados are the major benefactors and honorary chairs in the current St. John Fisher “Growing to Serve” capital campaign to construct the Corrado Family Center. The new facility includes a reception hall, commercial kitchen, administrative offices, St. Vincent de Paul food pantry and restrooms that comply with Americans with Disabilities Act access guidelines.

Completion of the Corrado Family Center is anticipated this spring.

“Our Catholic faith at St. John Fisher continues to bear fruit in hospitality and service to others,” said school and parish leaders.