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Located on Rt. 647, Lovers Lane in Mathews, Va., the Church of Francis de Sales is a growing Roman Catholic community within the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Once again welcome to our church and to our parish Web site. May God bless and inspire you!

Our Mission

Our mission is to proclaim the Word of God, celebrate the Eucharist, and serve the local community. We have taken bold, positive, and constructive steps to prepare for the future by renovating and expanding our facilities. We welcome all who wish to come and experience the Real Presence of the Lord through the Breaking of the Bread at Mass, the proclamation of the Divine Word, and the hearts of our people. We strongly believe that all of God’s people possess the light and wonder that was the Epiphany of the Lord.

A Brief History

The parish began in 1983 with the approval of Bishop Sullivan, the undaunting prayers of the small community of Catholics and the pastoral leadership of its founding pastor, the Reverend Jack Dougher. Since 1983, the parish has grown in numbers as well as in its ministry and mission to the rural community that is Mathews County. Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo is the diocese’s bishop and the Most Reverend Bishop Walter F. Sullivan D. D is the bishop emeritus. As did our patron, Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), the parish constantly is seeking new ways to proclaim God’s glory.

A more detailed history of our Parish can be found here.