Greetings and may the blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always! I am pleased to extend a warm welcome to our parish of St. Francis Xavier. Whether you have moved from a far distance or have lived here in the Stillwater area for some time, I greet you in the name of the parishioners here at St. Francis Xavier.
The Parish of St. Francis Xavier was founded in 1895, soon after the founding of the town of Stillwater. The Catholic community has gathered at this location since that time. From a small, wood frame structure to the current prairie mission style church, we have always been in this spot at 6th and West Street. It is from this parish that the university ministry, now housed at our sister parish of St. John began. Those of this community who have gone before us have given a great example of faith. They endured many hardships. From a lack of resources to Klan groups who protested our presence, they gave steady witness to our 2000 year old faith.
Now is an exciting time for our parish. We are preparing to build a new facility on the west side of town that will allow for a single place for all parish ministry to be. We will maintain the current building as our downtown chapel.
Hospitality is a key principle of our faith; and we want to show that to you. I encourage you to meet your fellow parishioners. As your parish priest, it is a priority for me to get to know you and let you know that I am eager to listen to your concerns and ideas.
We have a proud past and a bright future. I invite you to be part of the life of St. Francis Xavier Parish so that your faith may grow to fullness and our parish may be enriched by your presence.