On October 28, 2022, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived to San Diego in a visit to consecrate St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
His Holiness was received at San Diego Airport by His Eminence Archbishop Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Western USA and Rev. Fr. Fadi Atto, Parish priest of St. Thomas Church as well as Very Rev. Fr. Louis Yacoub, Very Rev. Fr. John Kouki, Very Rev. Raban Awgeen Khoury and a delegation from the parish council.