St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Arroyo Grande


St. Patrick’s Catholic Church was formed in Arroyo Grande in 1886 by Rev. Michael Lynch, a native of Ireland. Rev. José Alberto Vázquez is the current pastor of the Church. St. Patrick’s offers a wide array of services, including an outreach ministry, counseling services, a food pantry, and a missionary program. The parish works with Catholic Scouts, the Knights of Columbus, and the Italian Catholic Federation.


About the Green Churches Initiative

Inspired by Pope Francis’ message of environmental stewardship in his encyclical Laudato Si, Greenpower began our Green Churches Initiative in 2016 in collaboration with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Monterey of California and Santa Cruz-based energy efficiency and solar experts Mynt Systems. Our goal is to transform Diocese churches and schools into beacons of sustainable energy production by installing renewable energy systems like solar as well as energy efficiency measures like LED lighting retrofits. Not only will this help protect the environment, it will help save the Diocese millions of dollars that can be used for education and charitable ministries.


Energy Assessment Completed

On November 14, 2016, Mynt Systems visited St. Patrick’s and assessed their appliances, light fixtures, heating and ventilation, and roof space to begin analyzing their energy use patterns and put together an effective and personalized energy efficiency and solar system project proposal.


Energy Assessment Scheduled

St. Patrick’s has taken the next step in embracing energy efficiency and solar by scheduling Mynt Systems to perform a full audit of their appliances, light fixtures, heating and ventilation, and roof space for energy efficiency retrofits and solar on November 14, 2016.


First Steps

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Arroyo Grande sent representatives to a Greenpower presentation on November 3, 2016 at Nativity of Our Lady Church in San Luis Obispo, where they learned about the Green Churches Initiative from the Catholic Diocese of Monterey, Mynt Systems, and the Romero Institute, and how they could drastically reduce their electricity bills while answering Pope Francis’ call for environmental stewardship.



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