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ANCC parishes mentioned as welcoming LGBT

(03/23/2015) Two of our ANCC parishes were mentioned in an article by Asbury Park Press ( as welcoming places to worship for LGBT. You can read the full article here.

ANCC Embraces Immigration Reform

(11/23/2014) The American National Catholic Church (ANCC) joins all people of good will in applauding President Obama�s plans for an immigration reform that protects nearly four and a half million undocumented workers residing in the U.S. from deportation. It is a promising initial step toward offering the radical hospitality to strangers that is a central value in both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. You can see the press release here.

St Francis Embarks Upon Capital Campaign

The parish council of St. Francis of Assisi, the cathedral parish of the American National Catholic Church, has begun a forward-looking capital campaign, to acquire a facility in the communities it serves. The ambitious goal of the capital campaign is $125,000, whereby all funds raised will be earmarked into a restricted fund, whose proceeds can only be used for building and growth projects of the parish. more...

Welcome to the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Website!
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is an all embracing parish community of the American National Catholic Church, conducted by the Ecumenical Religious Order of the Franciscan Community of Mercy. St. Francis of Assisi parish is a faith community in the Catholic tradition which embraces all into full participation in the sacramental life of the church.

We are a viable option for those seeking to feel at home in a valid Catholic community which strives to teach and live the gospels of Christ.  We try to fulfill Christ's admonition to love one another as God loves us.  We at St. Francis affirm with Archbishop Willibrord van Os of Utrecht, who in 1823 reiterated adherence to the unchanging doctrine of Catholicism in the following words: "We accept without any exception whatever, all the Articles of the Holy Catholic Faith. We will never hold nor teach, now or afterwards, any other opinions than those that have been decreed, determined and published by our Mother, Holy Church..." Thus, we along with other Catholics, trace our Apostolic Succession through the Roman and Eastern Catholic Churches to the Apostles, and invite all to participate fully in the sacramental ministry of the Church. The Rule of Faith, which forms our parish life, is our belief that we are called into existence by God to give witness to the inclusively of God’s love found in the Catholic teaching, and our faithful adherence to Sacred Scripture and the Apostolic Tradition.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is a place for Contemporary Catholics, seeking to learn about God and God’s will, to reach out and share what they have learned and experienced. Together with you, we want to:

• Celebrate God’s love for us,
• Form our children in the Love of Christ,
• Reach out to our neighbors,
• Build up the people of God, and
• Rejoice, worship and believe.