St. Dunstan’s Became an Episcopal Parish in 1969
St. Dunstan’s remained a mission church for the next 14 years, when it became self-sufficient. The exciting prospect of building a church for St. Dunstan’s became a reality when construction began in 1962. The church building was dedicated in 1964. St. Dunstan’s was officially designated an Episcopal parish in 1969, and its then-vicar became its first rector.
St. Dunstan’s Today
In the years since, the campus has expanded to include multi-purpose spaces, offices, a kitchen, a school and playground, a columbarium, and a labyrinth. The crown jewel of the sanctuary was set with the 2015 installation of Opus 94, a magnificent pipe organ designed especially for St. Dunstan’s.
St. Dunstan’s is older than the diocese to which it belongs. The Diocese of El Camino Real was part of the Diocese of California until its founding in 1980. It is named after the Spanish colonial road that ran from Mexico City to Oregon. The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real is as vibrant and diverse as the region it serves. From Silicon Valley to the beach cities of San Luis Obispo County, the diocese spans 42 congregations across five counties: Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. (Learn more at realepiscopal.org)
St. Dunstan’s has benefited from the pastoral leadership of vicars, deacons, and rectors. Today, we are searching for – and praying for — the priest who will become our sixth rector.