Looking Up & Reaching Out

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, a theologically progressive and inclusive Christ-centered community of faith.

St. Francis is known for its welcome and hospitality of the young, old, and the young at heart. We are a community of compassion and acceptance with a commitment to exploring and deepening our faith. Inspired by our patron saint, Francis, we have a hunger for justice and peace in the world.

St. Francis, an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California, is nestled beneath a breathtaking canopy of oaks in downtown Novato, in Northern Marin County.

Our Sunday morning service draws on the ancient and modern practices of the Episcopal Church.


St. Clare's, our outdoor chapel, is always open for prayer and meditation.


If you prefer walking meditation, our outdoor labyrinth is the place to still your soul.


This Week's Events



Upcoming Events
  • 81st General Convention - June 23rd - 28th

    The General Convention is the governing body of The Episcopal Church. Every three years it meets as a bicameral legislature that includes the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, composed of deputies and bishops from each diocese.
    The 81st General Convention will take place June 23 – 28, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky
    If you would like to learn more about the 81st General Convention of the Episcopal Church, you can use the link below
    The 81st General Convention Link
    In April, the Episcopal Church’s Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop announced the names of the bishops it will nominate to succeed Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
    The four names will be formally submitted to the General Convention during a joint session on June 25, a day before the House of Bishops is scheduled to elect the 28th presiding bishop.
    More details can be found at this link - Four Candidates for Presiding Bishop
  • Who Am I?

    This parishioner has two adult daughters, and is twice widowed.  She was married to an airlines pilot and then a physician.  She was born in Europe and attended university in Heidelberg where she studied the classics.  She worked for a European airline as a Grand Hostess. She then moved with her pilot husband to the United States where she raised in her children.   She was an avid tennis player and skier.   In her later years she retired to Florida, and moved to Novato less than 2 years ago.  She is delighted that her grandson is studying to become an Episcopal priest.  Her favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.  Religiously she was raised Catholic but did not regularly attend church.  She enjoys the nature and format of our services. 

    Who is she?  

    June 7, 2024

    Last week’s ‘mystery’ member is Christa Greenwald, who resides now at Atria, with several of our other parishioners.    Stayed tuned for the next chapter!       Yes, it was confusing to have my name, Allison Waterworth, at the bottom of the column. That was intended only to convey me as the author.  

    Best, Allison

  • Vicarage Cleanup

    With Rev Lisa and Ray's arrival we have started a revamp and cleanup of the Vicarage. There are still many boxes and piles of "stuff" from the HUB renovation in various rooms that we need to dispose. If anyone would like to help, has particular feelings about anything or could help us decide what to do with some it, please stop by. Most of the activity will be happening on Sundays and Wednesdays at the Vicarage.

  • Transitus

    Curious about why our weekly e-newsletter is called The Transitus? The name comes from the most important feast day in the life of St. Francis, his death on October 3 and his entrance into the joy of our God. This is known as the Transitus, or Journey. Just as Francis was sent into new life, we pray our community worship, events and education help send you into new life - a journey -  as well!

    Get the latest announcements below.

    Click here to view the entire latest Transitus. Click Here                    

    Click here to view past issues of the Transitus.  Click Here

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St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

  June 2024