St. Francis Universal Catholic Church was formed in 1969 at Midnight Mass Christmas Eve. Through these 40 years we have offered the sacraments to many who may not have been welcome to receive them elsewhere. We are proud to say that we are still in existence and will continue to be existence for as long as God's people need us.
St. Francis Universal Catholic Church is the church that is open to everyone. We are not a single issue church. We are not a church for a select group of people or for one specific ministry. The word church, as many know, is meant to represent the body of a gathering of people that come together to worship Christ. As such, we are a diverse type of people. If you are divorced, if you are an unmarried couple who wants to have your child baptized, if you simply disagree with different things in a specific philosophical or theological thought, if you gay or lesbian, it matters not what race you are, maybe you even have had an abortion; at St. Francis, you will be welcome.
Here we offer Catholic sacraments, combined with the widest measure of intellectual liberty and respect for the individual conscience. We are Catholic, but without so much of the “guilt” that some personify with being Catholic. We welcome those who have been marginalized by other churches and/or were treated like second-class citizens. We've heard members telling story after story of how they were denied baptisms, weddings, confirmations and communion. The stories are heartbreaking. Families come to us to have the children baptized after being turned away by other churches because they didn't contribute enough money to the church or they didn't live the life the church said they needed to live or the parents are unmarried and living together or because the God parents were not married to each other, or because the God parents are too young or too old, or maybe because the parents had not received all the Sacraments. The list is endless.
We welcome the divorced and remarried back to the altar for Holy Communion when they were denied the Body and Blood of Christ elsewhere. We welcome diverse families of all kinds who felt unwelcome in the other churches for reasons of race, color, natural origin, ancestry, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, economic status, a disability, theological viewpoint, from familial status or issues of individual conscience.
St. Francis Universal Catholic Cathedral Chapel