St Leo the Great Church in 2017

St Leo the Great Church in 2017

St Leo the Great Church in 2015 (our centennial year)

St Leo the Great Church in 2015 (our centennial year)

Our History

Saint Leo the Great Church is a territorial parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California.

The original St. Leo the Great Church was built in 1915 and was named for Pope Leo I.  The first mass at St. Leo's Chapel was celebrated by the Rev. Father Culligan on August 8, 1915.  

On Christmas Eve 1953, Father Manning celebrated the first mass in the new (and current) church building, which he was instrumental in helping to build.

St. Leo the Great Church is affiliated with Saint Leo the Great School, a private Catholic School that provides Pre-school through 8th grade education.  In 2015,  both St. Leo the Great Church and School celebrated their centennial year.

The church is located in the St. Leo section of the Shasta-Hanchett neighborhood of San Jose, California.  

St Leo the Great Church in 1931

St Leo the Great Church in 1931

St Leo the Great Church in 1920

St Leo the Great Church in 1920