The mission of St. Francis Church is to follow Jesus Christ, to provide a spiritual home for worship and Christian growth, to encourage love and fellowship with the parish family, to promote harmony with God's creation in the spirit of St. Francis, and to serve the needs of the greater community.

Our church is a mid-sized parish nestled in the rolling hills of Northern Virginia. When established little more than 50 years ago, our parish was known simply as "St. Francis-in-the-Fields" because of its beautiful rural setting. The only building of any size on the seven acre parcel was a dog kennel, and it is there where our first parishioners worshipped.

Since those early days, and in keeping with the spirit of our patron saint, we added a simple but striking sanctuary and fellowship hall with large windows that bring the splendor of nature inside.

Embarking on a spiritual journey to search for a new rector, we developed a theme: "Be prayerful. Be present. Participate." Franciscans have been praying intently; responses to our church-wide survey were very high; the Adult Forum we held was bursting at the seams; and Search Committee members have had numerous communications from many caring parishioners.

We know there are many churches where enthusiasm and interest are high; churches with beautiful facilities in great locations, where the people care and respect one another. So, what is it that makes St. Francis so special? In two words: our people. Our parishioners, who affectionately refer to each other as "Franciscans", make St. Francis a unique place to worship and experience the spirit of the living God in fellowship with one another.

So, instead of speaking for our parishioners, the Search Committee has invited Franciscans to speak for themselves. We think you will see through their comments how the Word and Spirit of God are alive in this very special community.

We appreciate your interest in St. Francis Church, our parish home.

—The St. Francis Search Committee

Click on the photos in the "Franciscans Say" boxes to read parishioner statements.