The people of Saint Eugene Parish are a community of faith.
We invite you to join us in worship, to participate in the many activities sponsored by our members, and to visit us at any time to learn more about us and the Christian Catholic Faith.
Our Mission Statement
As Catholic Christians, we come together to form an intergenerational parish community that is diverse, hospitable and inclusive; assumes its baptismal call to ministry and service within the parish and beyond its boundaries; values music, art and education; embraces Christ's teachings of peace, faith, hope and love; respects the Eucharist as the source and summit of parish life.
Our Patron Saint
Eugene, a native of Rome, was a gentle and holy man who had been a cleric since his youth. He was noted for his great charity to the poor.
He was consecrated Pope on August 10, 654, with consent of Pope Martin, who had been tortured and exiled by imperial officials representing Byzantine Emperor Constans II. He died on June 2, 657, and was buried at the Vatican.
On June 21, 1959 a new parish was established by the Rt. Rev Vincent S. Waters, Bishop of Raleigh, composed of the members of the St. Lawrence parish residing in north Asheville. The new parish was named St. Eugene with Father John Brown as founding pastor. Both the school and parish were named after St. Eugene to honor the late Right Reverend Eugene McGuinness, with whom Father Brown had served in the Diocese of Raleigh. For ten years Mass was held in the school building as the church was being built. The church building itself was dedicated on April 27, 1969.
The Pastors who have served are:
Father John Brown 1959-1969
Msgr. John Manley 1969-1970
Msgr. Eugene Livelsberger 1970-1971
Father John Walsh 1971-1977
Father Ronald McLaughlin 1977-1978
Father Richard Hanson 1978 (Administrator)
Father Felix Kelaher 1978-1980
Msgr. Joseph Showfety 1980-1983
Father James Solari 1983-1993
Father Frank Cancro 1993-2005
Father John Schneider 2005-2009
Father Edward Sheridan 2009-2011
Father Patrick Cahill 2011-Present