Santiago de Compostela was established as a parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange on September 1, 1979 by Bishop William Johnson. It was named after the Shrine of Saint James of Compostela in Spain. The parish buildings are set on six acres of land featuring a church, rectory (1984) and parish center (1997). Our church is home to approximately thirty-nine hundred families. The first Galician Granite Pilgrimage Cross in the United States is now located in our parish fountain. This granite cross was a GIFT to us from our mother church Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Bishop Michael Driscoll blessed this cross on July 25, 1993. The three-foot, carved statue of Santiago was placed in its shrine niche on August 1, 1993.