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St. Francis is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, which includes the District of Columbia and Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties in Maryland. Under the leadership of the Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, the diocese has claimed that its first priority is the renewal and revitalization of our congregations and core ministries, in service to Christ’s mission. As a diocese, we feel called to engage a changing world with an enduring faith in Jesus Christ so that more may know the love of God. The diocese is blessed with rich racial and cultural diversity, including six Spanish-speaking congregations, numerous rural congregations, and a variety of urban parishes. The diocese includes in its mission the support of several international partnerships as well as seventeen Episcopal schools.

St. Francis is a member of the Central Montgomery County Region, one of eight geographic regions into which the diocese is divided. The other parishes are St. James of Potomac, St. Luke’s of Bethesda, Christ Church of Kensington, Good Shepherd, St. Mark’s, Transfiguration, and Christ Church of Rockville. Central Montgomery County’s Episcopal community is ripe for innovation and its clergy are collaboratively engaging with one another not only in fellowship, but also in collaboration, such as a recent grant for improving youth ministry across the region.

Bishop Mariann Budde