Saint Francis of Assisi, Blairsville
Nestled in the heart of the North Georgia mountains lies St.
Francis of Assisi Church, a parish that has experienced significant growth
since its foundation.
Founded by the Glenmary Home Missioners, the community of St.
Francis of Assisi celebrated its first Mass at a Blairsville manufacturing
company on June 12, 1966. About 20 people attended.
In recent years the parish has been served by priests of the
After some growth in the Catholic population of Towns and Union
counties, a permanent place to worship for the members of St. Francis was
established in March 1977.
The parish outgrew this all-purpose building as well, and St.
Francis of Assisi's first church, located at the foot of Gum Log Mountain, was
dedicated on May 7, 1996, 30 years after that first Mass was celebrated.
The handsome, yet simple building, with its neo-Gothic windows
facing the mountains, is a testimony to the love of its members.
Much of the artwork, including a Franciscan San Damiano crucifix
and a cherry wood statue of St. Francis of Assisi, was created by parishioners.
The altar cloths and curtain swags were also made by parishioners.
In addition to St. Francis of Assisi, the pastor also oversees St.
Paul the Apostle Church in Cleveland, established originally by Glenmary. This
means a trip over Blood Mountain several days a week.
In August 1994, an article in The Wall Street Journal
entitled "Retirees Seek The Good Life Far From Florida" ranked Blairsville as
the eighth best place to retire in America.