In 1961, worship services moved to the Cutler Ridge Community Center (on the site of what has become the Southland Mall) while the Parish Hall/Chapel and the first Education (East) Building were constructed. Father Wilbur was installed as rector in 1964 when St. Faith's became a self-supporting parish. The second Education (West) Building and the Parish Office Building were completed that year.
We were struck by Hurricane Andrew in August of 1992. Although our parish was directly in the path of the storm, the physical damage to the church buildings was minimal. We were grateful to the members of St. Andrew's, Boca Raton, who arrived that first Saturday and several subsequent ones, to clear away glass and cut a pathway through fallen trees to the church and begin to put classrooms back together again. Soon thereafter, the 82nd Airborne set up temporary quarters in the West Building. They too cleaned up debris and cleared trees and kept out looters. The Day School was able to open only a few weeks later.
The complete clean up took months, and during that time plans we drawn up for rebuilding and expansion. The Parish Hall was enlarged and remodeled, with new kitchen and bathroom facilities. The West Building classrooms were remodeled and the playgrounds were expanded. Bishop Schofield dedicated the newly renovated buildings in November of 1994. In 1996, recognizing that our parish office building had become too small, we began plans for the present Administration Building, which was completed in 1997.
The Rev. Alejandro Hernandez was assigned to us as Assistant Rector in March 1997. He was ordained in Cuba and needed help with English and liturgics. He had to leave his family behind and we worked vigorously to find some way to get them to the United States. They finally arrived in November 1999. Just prior to their arrival Fr. Hernandez was appointed as Rector of Holy Cross Church in Miami.
In 1998 we had another cause for rejoicing. For many years land totaling five and a half acres adjacent to our property had passed through hands of many developers but remained vacant. We had long wanted to buy the land but the price was always too high. One Sunday, the vestry presented to the congregation the possibility that by our own efforts we might be able to buy it. Within nine days, the people of St. Faith's raised the funds and the congregation purchased the land.
Fr. Verell retired in November 1998 after nine an a half years of successful service. We had accomplished many things during that period that was a testiment to Fr. Verell. The Parish Hall was dedicated as 'Verell Hall' in his honor.
In July 2000, the Rev. Donald P. Sullivan became our Rector. Fr. Sullivan served the parish for nearly 8 years. During this period the Rev. Cyril White began to assist our parish with services and sermons that were always a joy to listen to. Fr. Sullivan was active in the community and promoted St. Faith's in the Cutler Bay area. We continued to hold our annual events such as the Halloween Carnival and Easter Egg Hunts. During this period, St. Faith's created the columbarium within the church which has become an important focal point for many of our parish families. Fr. Sullivan retired, and moved to Key West.
In March 2008, the Rev, Jennie Lou Reid became our 5th Rector and our adventures continued. Mother Reid faithfully served as our Priest and Rector for 9 years before retiring on March 1, 2017. During her tenure we gained a new partner in our long-standing church school by leasing the school facilities to 'The Village of Early Education'. Significant improvements were made to the school facilities and we re-established the zoning approvals to allow the school to continue. We established an annual silent auction fund raising event that was held each year. The Liz White Endowment fund was established with a significant bequest in 2016, and that endowment fund will provide support to the Parish for years to come. Mother Reid retired March 2017.
Since April 2017, we have been blessed with Father Michael Picou who
has served as our interim priest as we continue our process and search
to call our next rector.