Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Church in Estes Park, Colorado.
We’re happy that you have found us and would like to share a bit about our St. Francis parish.
Our New Rector: Bishop Owen R. Williams began his tenure as Priest-in-Charge of St. Francis in February of this year, 2023. He has since retired from his position as The Bishop of the Diocese of the West ans is now able to focus his full attention on building the Anglican presence in Estes Park. He was elected Rector by the Vestry of the Parish in August. He has been very busy fixing and repairing things at the Church, as some one put it, “We didn’t even know needed fixing.”
Bishop Williams has also started a weekly class and discussion group called “Tuesdays at Two.” Areas we have touched on are the Early Church of the Apostles”, “Custom versus Tradition” “The Book of Common Prayer” as well as discussing questions people have about Faith and Practice as Anglicans in today’s world.
“Anglican” simply means “English” in Latin. Our branch of the Catholic Church is as old as the Roman Catholic branch and nearly as old as the Eastern Catholic, or Orthodox branches of Christ’s universal Church. Legend suggests that Joseph of Arimathea brought the catholic faith to England and that Aristobulus was consecrated the first Anglican bishop by Saint Paul before St. Peter reached Rome. Historic documents list three Anglican bishops as in attendance at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.
“The Anglican Church in America continues in the historic Anglican expression of the Christian Faith as the same has been transmitted to us through the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the Creeds and Counsels of the Undivided Church, and the Book of Common Prayer. We are determined to continue in the Catholic Faith, Apostolic Order, Orthodox Worship, and Evangelical Witness of the historic Anglican Church, with its traditional liturgy, music and patrimony.”