History and Context
Saint Michael Parish is the heir of a Catholic legacy and presence in Thurston County that began in 1848 when Fr. Ricard Pascal and three other priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate landed at what is now Priest Point Park on Olympia’s East Bay Drive. While we no longer operate a school for Native American boys as the original missionaries did, we do still identify with the original spirit of missionary outreach and hospitality. Our goal remains to carry out Christ’s great commission, to carry the Gospel message to all the earth.
The Sisters of Providence established Providence St. Amable Academy, Olympia, Washington, in 1881, at the request of the Reverend Peter Hylebos, then Pastor of St. Michael Parish. The school grew and moved locations several times over the following decades and was eventually sold to the parish in 1926. St. Michael School continues today as Olympia’s only Catholic school and the oldest parochial school in the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Saint Michael Parish has been a fixture in Olympia since the city’s very beginnings. We strive to serve our community, to be a light in the darkness, and a Catholic voice in civic discourse. We seek to engage and evangelize the un-churched and to form disciples of those who enter our halls. We hope you’ll help us to continue building the Kingdom by becoming an active, engaged member who is solidly on the path of discipleship and recognizes that we are the best versions of ourselves when we are actively seeking to fulfill God’s will for our lives. It’s a great adventure, and we’re glad to have you with us.