Rochester Churches Ontario County
St. Francis


Location: Ontario County, Phelps
Address: 12 Church St. Map
Parish formed: 1862 [mission], Mar. 25, 1869 [parish]
Present church built: Oct. 4, 1931 [dedicated]
Present affiliation: Part of the St. Peter parish
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  • Fr. Patrick Lee, 1862-1885
  • Fr. John Nelligan, 1885-1891 [First resident pastor]
  • Fr. F. Augustine O'Neill, 1891-1898
  • Fr. Coleman F. O'Loughlin, 1898-1907
  • Fr. Patrick Madden, 1909-1919
  • Fr. Edward J. Simpson, 1919-1967 [upon retirement]
  • Fr. William J. Riefer, 1967-June 25, 1970 [upon retirement, poor health]
  • Fr. Francis H. Turner, June 25, 1970-June 23, 1976 [upon retirement]
  • Msgr. John F. Duffy, June 23, 1976-June 1984
  • Fr. Anthony F. Calimeri, 1984-Jan. 5, 1993 [upon retirement]
  • Fr. Edward J. Dillon, Jan. 5, 1993-2003 [upon retirement]
  • Sr. Joan Sobala, 2003-June 26, 2007 [Administrator]
  • Fr. Donald Curtiss, June 26, 2007-June 25, 2013
  • Fr. John F. Gagnier, June 25, 2013 [Administrator], June 24, 2014-June 27, 2017 [Pastor]
  • Fr. Peter D. Van Lieshout, June 27, 2017-present [Administrator]


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