Our new church was named after St. Joseph, patron and protector of the Catholic Church. Bishop Joseph Prathan Sridarunsil, Head of the Catholic Church in Southern Thailand was the patron of the project to build St. Joseph’s Church in Phuket. The diocese of Surathani acquired the piece of land in Soi 8 Pasak, approximately 3 rai in size, in April 2010, on which the church now stands.
Construction of the church began in August 2013, and we opened on July 6th, 2014. The design to which the church was built has a normal capacity of 180 in the main area of worship. It has features that will allow the capacity to increase substantially to cater to the seasonal surge in attendance numbers on special feast days such as Christmas and Easter.
The church’s layout comfortably caters to the expected normal attendance, including the expected growth in the size of the Laguna community for a number of years.
The church’s design complies with specific design features required by the Catholic Church. Two small chapels have been incorporated into the design to more efficiently cater for occasions when attendance is expected to be significantly less.
The two smaller chapels will be used for conducting catechism classes, bible studies, individual and group spiritual counseling, and community get-together, to name a few.
A separate residential structure was built within the grounds to house the parish priest and the church caretaker, and designated car parking spaces were provided to meet the congregation’s needs.