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10 am Holy Eucharist Rite II - indoors
11:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II - outdoors

(weather permitting)

Founded in 1957, St. Francis is an active and welcoming parish of 200 families.
We are part of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, and the Episcopal Church.
Join us for Holy Communion Sundays at 8 am Rite II and 10 am Rite II.
After each service, we invite you to join us for coffee hour.
Nursery Care is available for children under the age of 4.
Church School for children 4 years through grade 8 is held during the 10 a.m. service.

Our People

Clergy & Staff

The Rev. Kevin Dellaria, Rector
The Rev. Diane Faison, Deacon and Parish Administrator
Joseph Perry, Minister of Music
Abirami Meyyappan, Parish Nursery Attendant

Our Rector

Fr. Kevin was born and raised in Houston, Texas, committing his life to Christ in 1987 when he was 14 years old. Along his faith journey, Kevin completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Bible and Religion at Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX). After several years in the world of corporate health insurance, Kevin followed God's call to ministry by pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at the Seminary of the Southwest (Austin). Ordained to the priesthood in The Episcopal Church in 2008, Father Kevin served three parishes in Texas before accepting the call as Rector of St. Francis in 2016. Fr. Kevin and his wife, Donna, live in Paoli, PA, and have three active children. In 2021, Kevin and Donna will celebrate their 25th year of marriage./p>

Our Deacon

St. Francis of Assisi (1181 – 1226)

St Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not in a narrow fundamentalist sense, but by actually following all that Jesus said and did, joyfully, without limit and without a mite of self-importance.

From the cross in the neglected field-chapel of San Damiano, Christ told him, “Francis, go out and build up my house, for it is nearly falling down.” Francis became the totally poor and humble workman.

He must have suspected a deeper meaning to “build up my house.” But he would have been content to be for the rest of his life the poor “nothing” man actually putting brick on brick in abandoned chapels. He gave up every material thing he had, piling even his clothes before his earthly father (who was demanding restitution for Francis’ “gifts” to the poor) so that he would be totally free to say, “Our Father in heaven.” He was, for a time, considered to be a religious “nut,” begging from door to door when he could not get money for his work, bringing sadness or disgust to the hearts of his former friends, ridicule from the unthinking.

But genuineness will tell. A few people began to realize that this man was actually trying to be Christian. He really believed what Jesus said: “Announce the kingdom! Possess no gold or silver or copper in your purses, no traveling bag, no sandals, no staff” (see Luke 9:1-3).

Francis’s first rule for his followers was a collection of texts from the Gospels. He had no idea of founding an order, but once it began he protected it and accepted all the legal structures needed to support it. His devotion and loyalty to the Church were absolute and highly exemplary at a time when various movements of reform tended to break the Church’s unity.

During the last years of his relatively short life (he died at 44) he was half blind and seriously ill. Two years before his death, he received the stigmata, the real and painful wounds of Christ in his hands, feet and side.

On his deathbed, he said over and over again the last addition to his Canticle of the Sun, “Be praised, O Lord, for our Sister Death.” He sang Psalm 141, and at the end asked his superior to have his clothes removed when the last hour came and for permission to expire lying naked on the earth, in imitation of his Lord.

From Saint of the Day

Franciscan Father Leonard Foley (1913-1994) was the editor of Saint of the Day, and author of many other books, and articles for Catholic Update, Youth Update and St. Anthony Messenger.

by Leonard Foley, O.F.M.