Established in 1938, Burbank’s Saint Finbar Parish constructed its first church in the early years of the 1940s on the corner of Keystone Street and Olive Avenue.
Ten years later, having outgrown the facility, building commenced on a new church across the street. After 14 months of construction, the Saint Finbar church of today was dedicated by then-Los Angeles Archbishop James McIntyre who, the following year, would be appointed by Pope Pius XII to serve as the first cardinal of the Western United States.
In celebration of Saint Finbar’s 75 years of service to the community, the church celebrated its diamond anniversary as a part of its annual Harvest Ball held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center this past Friday.
Chaired by former Burbank Mayor Michael Hastings, the evening honored the parish’s pastor, Father Albert Bahhuth, by presenting him with the 2013 Harvester of Faith Award. Given annually, the honor is bestowed upon individuals who have enhanced the faith life of the community by their example of faith, hope, love and service.