Welcome from the Pastor

Welcome to St. Francis Xavier!  What began more than a century ago has become a large and thriving community. St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church is Missoula’s oldest Catholic community.

It was founded by Jesuits in 1892 and is still staffed by Jesuits and our lay colleagues. The community has been in continuous existence since its founding and we are blessed by all the members of this vibrant community.

While we honor and cherish our past, we are a parish which continues to seek new ways to be more than just a Sunday respite. St. Francis Xavier has gained a reputation in Missoula for well-planned and well-executed Eucharistic liturgies, including beautiful liturgical music.

St. Francis Xavier has a long social justice and outreach tradition, devoting nearly 20% of its annual budget to the care of the poor, the sick, and the otherwise disadvantaged. In addition, the parish has developed education, hospitality, faith formation, prayer and spirituality,and many other programs consistent with Jesuit and Archdiocesan apostolic priorities.

We are committed to promoting Gospel values and witnessing to the presence of the beginnings of the Kingdom in our midst.  We are united with the Diocese of Helena, and as a work sponsored by the Society of Jesus we adopt apostolic priorities of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus and we embrace its spirituality.  Our Bible Studies, youth activities, outreach and various classes all strive to meet the needs of a large and diverse population. The Fall Parish Picnic begins our year on a happy note as the Knights of Columbus, Jesuit Volunteers and members of our various ministries work to put on an enjoyable event. Our Food Drive and Giving Tree (now in its  20th year!), and more recent Family Promise Project bring together not only our parish family, but the greater Missoula community as well. What first struck me when I became Pastor in 2001, is the enduring love parishioners have for St. Francis Xavier. It is a common sight to see grandparents, and even great-grandparents at Mass and various events with the next generation.

As you explore our on-line home in these web pages, I hope you will take a moment to listen for that ‘still, small voice’ that’s whispering in your heart.  And, as you listen, ask yourself, “Could Saint Francis Xavier be the community I’ve been hoping for?  May you hear Christ’s voice say “Come  and see.”

Welcome Home!