When one enters the grounds of Mt. St. Francis, they realize that they are in a special place, peaceful and beautiful.
The area, home to the Province of St. Joseph of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, is also the location of St. Francis of Assisi Parish. After a group of families from the area started to attend Mass in the Sister's chapel that was built in 1963, Bishop Hanifen, the first bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, gave mission status to what is now called St. Francis of Assisi Parish. It was made a parish in 1987. In 1989 the Diocese of Colorado Springs and the Sisters signed a fifty year agreement that allows St. Francis of Assisi parish to remain in this special place with the Sisters.
St. Francis continued to grow and, with the permission of the Sisters, renovated the church to accommodate more people and also built an addition to provide meeting/classroom facilities and a parish hall. The community continues to use and enjoy the facilities.
Having been blessed by God and our association with the Sisters, the community goes forth from the mountain to all parts of the Colorado Springs community and the world. The parish believes and acts upon the call of the Spirit to love as Jesus loves by supporting the diocese and the local community through various activities. For example, the church family serves at the Marian House, the Catholic Charities soup kitchen, once a month. A partnership with local churches allowed the parish to build several Habitat for Humanity houses. Many other service oriented activities are part of the core of St. Francis of Assisi Parish.
St. Francis of Assisi continues to strive to be a Eucharistic community, blessed by God, called by the Spirit, and sent to love as Jesus loves.