Just over forty two years ago, (1970 AD) a local group of Palestinian, Jordanian, Lebanese and Syrian Americans gathered to discuss the possibility of establishing an Orthodox church in San Diego. To serve their spiritual needs they used to invite priests from Los Angeles.
Metropolitan Philip, then Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in North America sent them Fr. George Harb who organized and brought together the community. They rented a hall near Balboa Park and started having their liturgical services on Sundays and Feast Days.
The lot of land on 4175 Poplar Street, San Diego, donated by Richard Faris, was used to build a church.
In 1971, the Hall on 4175 Poplar St was built, to be used for social activities and fellowship. The First Divine Liturgy that was served in the new premises was on Easter Sunday of 1971. Services were and still are served in both English and Arabic.
The founders of St. George parish were dedicated, and worked hard to establish this structure in the hope of building the church for future generations.
Over time, several other priests served this parish. On May 1, 1998, Archpriest Father Hanna Sakkab, was transferred to serve the parish. On February 18, of 2012 Father Hanna officially retired after serving 58 years at the age of 85. He continued serving for two more years until his successor the Very Reverend Archpriest Antony Bahou was assigned on August 4, 2013.
St. George parish will be commemorating its 45th anniversary this year and it is important to mention that the current building was never consecrated as a church, because the parish always looked for a new building.