St. Francis of Assisi and Christ the King were parish communities split from Most Holy Trinity near Overfelt High School and St. Maria Goretti on Senter Road. St. Francis began in 1994 with 250 families in the San Jose region of Evergreen which would serve the Villages, Creekside, and Estates areas. The parish has now grown to more than 2600 families and from two worship communities to ten communities of 100-300 families. Worship takes place in schools, the Grange Hall, and the Cribari Center in the Villages as well as St. Francis of Assisi Chapel and Hall.
Under the leadership of Monsignor John Sandersfeld, St. Francis of Assisi Parish focused on the community outside itself since its inception. Since that time and now under the leadership of current pastor, Monsignor Gene O’Donnell, St. Francis has partnered with Evergreen Schools, St. Vincent de Paul, Martha’s Kitchen, Day Laborers, The Family Shelter, and to help those in need in both neighboring and downtown parishes. It has reached out to those hungry in the world through C.R.S., C.N.D., and has partnered with Catholic Charities and more. St. Francis parish was able to do what it does because of the generosity of its parishioners. Over 700 adult volunteers give their time and talent in numerous efforts for the parish and community.
The facility on any given day or night may be used for meetings which include Eagle Scouts, Community Management, Juvenile Prevention Programs, AA, Senior Day Care and a Preschool which operates on a daily basis for the community.
A vineyard is located on the property. The vines are a symbol. They tie us together and as they mature, they produce more fruit. The wine from the grape nourishes, so as the community grows it also nourishes the community at large.
The Worship Space on the hill of St. Francis of Assisi looks out on the growth of Evergreen. It has grown and changed as the community has grown in population and it has benefited by the growth and now is able to nourish the grown by giving back.
The parish has been a welcoming presence to those of many languages and cultures. Celebrations continue in the languages of Evergreen — English, Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese to name just a few. Celebrations take place such as Simbang Gabi, Posadas, Santa Nino, Salubong, Flores de Mayo, Our Lady of Guadalupe. The voices rise in song in Tagalog, Vietnamese and Spanish as part of our worship.
Stations of the Cross are located in the Memorial Garden along a peaceful path, respecting the final resting place of loved ones. A place for all — St. Francis of Assisi.