Summerlin boasts more worship facilities than any other master-planned community in the Las Vegas Valley with 14 houses of worship representing 10 different faiths. And more are on the way, according to Kevin Orrock, top division executive of The Howard Hughes Corp., developer of Summerlin.
“Worship facilities have been an integral part of our community since Summerlin’s inception,” Orrock said. “The chapels and temples provide sanctuary, add architectural beauty to the community and serve as gathering places for a variety of religious, cultural and social events and activities.”
Existing houses of worship in Summerlin include two facilities for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Desert Spring United Methodist Church, Faith Community Lutheran Church, Grace in the Desert Episcopal Church, Hindu Temple and Cultural Center — Hindu Society of Nevada, Mountain View Presbyterian, St. Andrew Lutheran, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Summerlin Community Baptist Church, The Summerlin Evangelical Lutheran Church (Wisconsin synod), Sun City Community Church, Temple Sinai (formerly Temple Beth Am) and Temple Beth Sholom, conservative Judaism.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church is scheduled to break ground in late 2009. The new worship site is located on nearly five acres adjacent to Bishop Gorman High School in The Mesa village. Currently, more than 900 members are attending worship services at Bishop Gorman High School pending the completion of the church.
“Summerlin’s first church opened in 1993, just two years after the first family moved into the community,” Orrock said. “We recognize that spiritual health is important to overall well-being and that residents enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to worship in their own neighborhoods. For residents located in the recently developed southern portion of Summerlin, Holy Spirit Catholic Church is a welcome new community amenity.”
Developed by The Howard Hughes Corp., an affiliate of General Growth Properties Inc., Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and has ranked in the country’s top 10 best-selling master-planned communities for more than a decade. For more information, please visit www.summerlin.com.