Visalia will soon be home to one of the largest seating capacity Catholic churches in the U.S.

On Tuesday, ground was broken for St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.

It’s an exciting day for the Fresno diocese. Many say it’s been a long time coming and say they are proud to soon have what they call the largest church on the West Coast.

Faith leaders say it is different from a cathedral, but hope people will come from all over to visit just the same.

A mustard seed of faith planted more than a decade ago, has now come to fruition.

Many in the Catholic community gathered to break ground in Visalia.

“To see this happening is a real, real joy for me, personally, but I’m almost positive for everyone in the community,” says Rev. Msgr. Raymond C. Dreiling, vicar general of the Roman Catholic diocese of Fresno.

Parishioners say they are excited about the future.

“Everyone’s always asking when? when? when? now we’re like finally it’s getting moving and it’s actually going to happen,” says Rebecca Lynch, a parishioner.

This is what the church will look like when it’s done, the building style inspired by California’s mission. It’ll seat more than 3,000 people.

“It’s exciting that it’s right here in a very focal point of our diocese because you know we need something this big to satiate the needs, the sacramental needs of the people,” says Fr. Cesar Solorio, parish administrator, Good Shepherd Catholic Parish Visalia.

Church leaders say this one of the largest church building projects in U.S. modern history and will provide more than 450 jobs over the next 18 months.

The project is expected to be completed in April 2021.

The above comes from a story on Oct. 15 from