St. Francis of Assisi American National Catholic Church

So that none may be lost Glen Ridge, NJ
St. Francis of Assisi American National Catholic Church

Who We Are

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.

About Us

Vibe
Traditional Liturgy, Casual, Down to Earth, Progressive, Gay affirming, Inclusive, Multigenerational

Programs
Community Service, Faith and Work, Children's Ministry, Choir

Music
Traditional Hymns, Contemporary, Chanting

Denomination
Catholic (Independent)

Size
Small

Language
English

Founded
2007

Plan Your Visit

Services

Contact

Address
195 Ridgewood Ave
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028

Phone
973-506-8174

Website

Directions
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Our Services

What are services like?
Catholic Mass

What is the community like?
Warm and welcoming

What if I'm not a Christian?
Feel free to participate

Leadership View all

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George Lucey

Bishop George Lucey, FCM is the founding pastor of our parish, his experiences with the people during his other ministerial encounters led Bishop George seek a place where Catholics could gather and worship in an welcoming and all inclusive atmosphere. Bishop George, originally from the Philadelphia area began his journey to the Old Catholic/Independent Catholic sacramental movement in the Roman Catholic Church. Like many of us he found that Rome’s narrow view of catholic theology was leaving the People of God feeling disenfranchised. St Francis of Assisi was founded as a place where all could feel comfortable worshiping in the Catholic Tradition. Bishop George completed his seminary studies at Regis College, the Jesuit Pontifical College at the University of Toronto. He holds a S.T.B and a M.Div. from Regis. During his formation as a Franciscan Bishop George ministered at St. Francis Table in Toronto, Canada, St. Joan of Arc in Toronto, at the Capuchin monastery in Monterrey, Mexico and at the HIV/AIDS clinic of the Order of St. Camellias in Ciuad Juarez, Mexico In 2008 Bishop George was consecrated to the episcopacy in the line of Charles Duarte-Costa and through the Apostolic lines of Utrecht of the Bishops Harris and Carfora, at the St. Augustine Chapel of College of Chaplains of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Immediately following his consecration Bishop went to Cameroon, Africa, where there had been an absence of a bishop for two years. While there Bishop George erected the Diocese of the Holy Rosary with the necessary infrastructure, ordained two men to the priesthood, confirmed, baptized and aided in the founding of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. Bishop George currently serves as the Presiding Bishop of the American National Catholic Church and as Director of Formation for his Religious community, the Franciscan Community of Mercy. Aside from pasturing the parish of St. Francis of Assisi, Bishop George also serves as chaplain at a local psychiatric hospital and correctional facility.

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