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St. Francis of Assisi - Jefferson, North Carolina
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member macleod1
N 36° 25.246 W 081° 28.144
17S E 457949 N 4030721
Quick Description: This small town church is located on the main street of this mountain community. It holds services in both English and Spanish.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 6/12/2008 6:09:06 AM
Waymark Code: WM3ZK0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member SCOTUS
Views: 58

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The church that would become St. Francis of Assisi was originally built in 1899 as a Presbyterian church. In the 1950s, the dozen-or-so Catholics of Ashe County were celebrating Mass on a portable altar in living rooms, basements, inns and a courthouse with Diocese of Raleigh priests traveling from North Wilkesboro. When the Catholics reached about 30, Bishop Vincent Waters of Raleigh saw the need for a church building and the Presbyterian church was purchased for $12,000 in 1962.

St. Francis of Assisi Church came into being at a formal dedication ceremony Aug. 27, 1963. Located near the Virginia and Tennessee state lines, the parish began as a mission of St. Elizabeth Church in Boone, with priests of the Glenmary Home Missioners serving there from the mid-1960s until 1999. Today, St. Francis of Assisi is a parish with a mission church of its own -- St. Frances of Rome in Sparta.

In the early 1970s, parishioners contributed to building a basement apartment for then-pastor Glenmary Father Robert Cameron. To keep up with the growing number of parishioners, Glenmary Father John Otterbacher oversaw the completion of expansion plans that included an addition on the basement level, including offices, a social hall, meeting rooms, a kitchen and restrooms. Bishop John F. Donoghue, then-bishop of Charlotte, performed a dedication of the new hall on Sept. 25, 1985.

Three years later, Glenmary Father Roland Hautz became pastor. To minister to the growing Hispanic community, Glenmary Lay Missioners Libby Colville and Marilyn Riehle arrived; Glenmary Father Joseph Waters, then pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Taylorsville, began saying Mass in Spanish at the church.

In 1990, a home next to the church was purchased and converted into a rectory, but more space was needed to accommodate the ever-increasing number of parishioners. In September 1994, renovation work was accomplished, complete with a new main altar, Blessed Sacrament table and stained glass windows, all of which were made by St. Francis of Assisi parishioners.

Because of its location in a veritable hikers' paradise, the St. Francis of Assisi congregation grows tremendously during the summer months. Father Hautz, himself an avid hiker, said there are more than 400 miles of marked hiking trails within 90 minutes of Jefferson. Both the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway pass through Ashe County.

Also popular in the area is the Christmas tree industry. Native to Jefferson is the Fraser Fir, "the Cadillac of Christmas trees" according to Father Hautz.

In 1999, Father Mark Lawlor became the first Diocese of Charlotte priest to pastor the church. He served until 2003, when Father C. Morris Boyd became administrator.

Saturday: 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM (Español)
Sunday: 9:00 AM;
Holy Days: 7:00 PM
Daily: 7:00 PM (Tuesday & Thursday); 9:00 AM (Wednesday-Communion Service); 9:00 AM (Friday)
Communion service: 9:00 AM (Wednesday)
Confession: 4:30 PM on Saturday or by appointment
Type of Church: Church

Status of Building: Actively in use for worship

Diocese: Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte

326 East Main Street
Jefferson, NC USA

Relvant Web Site: [Web Link]

Date of organization: Not listed

Date of building construction: Not listed

Dominant Architectural Style: Not listed

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Not listed

Archdiocese: Not listed

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