Nicholas Greek-Melkite Catholic Mission was founded in 1992 by Bishop
Nicholas Samra to serve the seasonal Melkite community of Palm Beach County,
From its humble beginnings in the living room of the Agamie
Family, the church has grown to serve over 300 families year-round. By
word of mouth that a Melkite Liturgy is being celebrated in Palm Beach
quickly grew beyond the capacity of a living room and moved to Emmanuel
Catholic Church in 1994. The
has made significant progress over the past 16 years despite not having
its own facilities and full-time priest.
St. Nicholas’ move to a
larger facility proved critical due to the desire of the community to
gather after the Liturgy and host social events.
These events held after mass on a Sunday evening attract an
average of 180 parishioners on a regular basis.
It is this sense of community that inspired the St. Nicholas
Mission to grow into a Church and invite more people to celebrate the
The community has remained committed to celebrating the Liturgy every
Sunday evening and enjoys a wide range of spiritual and social events
including its annual gala.
Furthermore, having had the opportunity to witness the success of St.
Jude Melkite Church in Miami and its ability to attract parishioners
beyond the Melkite heritage, St. Nicholas is confident a similar
following will develop in the fast growing Palm Beach County.
In 2003, St. Nicholas Mission established a Parish Council to make
directional decisions for the future of the community.
This group has been charged with the goal of building a permanent
home for the Church and establishing the foundation for the future of
the Melkite Catholic religion in Palm Beach
The establishment of a
Melkite Catholic Church in
Delray Beach will allow the St. Nicholas
community to achieve its goal as a religious entity to serve its
children, youth, adults and senior parishioners by attending not only to
their spiritual needs, but also to their social and educational needs.
The future of St. Nicholas
Mission depends on the development of a permanent home on 4.55 acres
located in Delray Beach, Florida.
In July of 1998, the Mission entered into a contract to purchase
this valuable piece of real estate located on Lake Ida Road for $375,000.
The purchase transaction closed on March 25th, 1999
and the Mission
successfully paid off the debt on the property in less than 12 months.
On February 9th, 2005 the land was rezoned,
affirmed and received final DRC approval.
The final approval includes the following:
Phase I -- Site Development & Parish Hall -
completed <click to view picture
Phase II -- Daycare Facility
Phase III -- Congregate Living Facility
<click to view plans
Phase IV -- Church
St. Nicholas Mission has
been recognized by the Palm Beach County Authority for the architectural
design and rendering of its development project in
With the increase in the value
of real estate and the approved site plan, the land is estimated to be
valued at over $1,500,000.
While the church has benefited greatly from the rise in real estate
value, the cost to build a church has also escalated.
The church has received the final building permits approved by
the Planning, Building, and Zoning Department of Palm Beach County to
build Phase I (See Exhibits a & b) which includes the Site Development
and Parish Hall.
On November 5, 2006, nine
of the 12 members of the Finance Committee of St. Nicholas Mission were
present to review all General Contractor submitted bids.
The Finance Committee approved the selection of the General
Contractor and Owners Construction Representative (OCR) but will wait
for the Dioceses final approval before negotiating the AIA Contract.
Phase I is estimated to take approximately 11 months to complete.
The time has come for St.
Nicholas to transform from a Mission into a Church.
From its quant roots in the living room of one of its founding
families, the time has come to for this community to have a permanent
home. While the community
has grown and many people have been introduced to the Melkite Liturgy,
St. Nicholas must secure its future in Palm Beach County.
The land has been purchased, a blessed hall has been designed,
the county has approved much of what we’ve asked for, and it is now up
to us to build the foundation that St. Nicholas will call home.
Phase I of the project was completed in
The Inauguration of the multifunction Parish Hall took place on
December 14, 2008.
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