Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi!

front_churchThe mission of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish is to cultivate a loving relationship between Christ and each member of the Parish.

With the Holy Father and the Roman Catholic Church, we are committed to building up the Body of Christ, recognizing that through Catholic formation and the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, we become empowered to continue the work of Christ.

We aspire to imitate our patron, St. Francis of Assisi, in his love of Christ by reaching out to all people, especially the poor and vulnerable.

All are welcome to join us in this mission!

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About St. Francis of Assisi Parish

Parish History


On May 25, 1972, Archbishop Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle decreed the building of a new Parish: St. Francis of Assisi in Derwood, Md. The church was then officially born on June 1, 1972, its boundaries drawing parishioners from St. Peter’s in Olney, St. Martin’s in Gaithersburg, and St. Patrick’s and St. Mary’s in Rockville. The first mass was celebrated on June 4, 1972 with Father John Stack presiding in the Redland Middle School gym. Learn More…



St. Francis of Assisi has many ministries for parishioners of all ages and backgrounds