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About St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi, the Cathedral parish of the American National Catholic Church was was founded in the home of our pastor, Bishop George Lucey in West Orange, New Jersey, in August of 2007. The parish grew from Catholics encountering the Spirit of Vatican Council-II in other ministries Bishop George established and began asking where they could attend Mass. In 2008, the number of people attending Mass at Bishop George’s home increased and the parish moved to it’s current home. The parish, through the grace of God continues to grow in both size and spirit.

St. Francis of Assisi National Catholic Church, as the Cathedral parish of the American National Catholic Church, affirm that we are a valid expression of the ancient Catholic faith, theologically, sacramentally, and pastorally rooted to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church which flowed from the side of Jesus Christ as he hung upon the cross. We affirm that we are born of the same Holy Spirit which inspired the Apostles on Pentecost with the courage to proclaim in every tongue the all embracing love of God ever present in our world.

As a National Catholic Church we offer an alternative for those seeking a more inclusive Catholic experience. For years many have felt shut out from experiencing their Catholic faith in its entirety. St. Francis strives to provide the sacraments to all God’s people, regardless of creed, color, gender, Sexual orientation, political affiliation or social condition.

St. Francis of Assisi American National Catholic parish was inspired by a vision of the Church of Vatican Council-II. We were founded by a group of committed Catholics who wanted to witness to the reality that the central tenant of the Catholic Church is the all inclusive and extravagant love of God, made Incarnate in his son, Jesus Christ, and manifested in the sacramental life of the Church. We that of to be a church of social change, speaking out for those who have no voice.

We offer opportunities for social outreach and ministry. We believe that actions speak louder than words and we are committed to living out our faith as Catholic Christians.

Our parish is made up of a diverse group of people, coming from all walks of life. No matter where you find yourself on life’s journey, this parish community welcomes you in the spirit of Jesus, who came for all.

We invite you to join us in our faith journey. Please join us for Mass and to embark on a new journey of faith. Become a member of a church that truly believes that Christ came for all of us and so that none may be lost!

All Are Welcome

The American National Catholic Church invites separated, divorced Catholics and other individuals who feel disenfranchised from the Church because of who they love.

All respected contemporary understanding of human sexuality tells us that sexual orientation is a inherent aspect of personal identity. We believe that some of God’s children are GLBTQ because we are all created in the image of God, and therefore, the GLBTQ community reflects a dimension of who God is. It is with great joy that we are able to welcome everyone into full pariticipation into sacramental life of the church. All of God’s creation is good and as such we welcome our GLBTQ brothers and sisters, divorced and separated persons in the fullness of the life of the church. Sacramental limitations on marriage and ordination are rejected. As such, we joyfully united same sex couples in the Sacrament of Matrimony and ordain qualified gays and lesbians called by God.