Saint John Neumann Catholic Community (SJN) began as a Mission Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in the mid-1970s. Parishioners met initially in the homes of Bob & Mel Boyer and Lawrence & Frances Elliott and then, as members increased, expanded to the Yuma East Community Center. Growth continued and the SJN parish was formally established on November 25, 1986, by Bishop Moreno, as part of the Diocese of Tucson.
In 1985, five acres of land were purchased on Mesa Drive just south of 38th Street. Plans were developed and financing obtained and the two current structures (church & rectory) were completed in March of 1987. The first Mass was celebrated on Ash Wednesday of 1987 with 600 people present. The dedication ceremonies were held January 16, 1988. After many fund raising events the $512,000.00 mortgage was paid off and the parish became debt free on January 21, 2000.
Due to the continued increase in Mass attendance over the years, 20 acres of land on 40th Street were purchased March 30, 2001. The ground-breaking for the new church was in mid-2006. God-willing, and with the help of your prayers and continued donations, we had our first Christmas celebration in the new church in December 2008.