In June 1950, Father Leon Kennedy was appointed pastor of a new parish in Ann Arbor. Seventeen years later ground was broken to build a permanent church building, and on March 19, 1969 John Cardinal Dearden dedicated the new St. Francis of Assisi Church. Father James McDougal was appointed pastor in 1997.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church has grown from 248 families when it first started to more than 2,800 today. The present church seats 900 people and has ample free parking. In 1994 St. Francis purchased a splendid three manual “mechanical action” organ with thirty-four stops and forty-five ranks, built and installed by Orgues Letourneau from Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec. Through dedication, a commitment to superb liturgical music and a vision to the future, the parish improved the acoustics of the church building, and the reverberant sanctuary has made the church a gathering place for the enjoyment and contemplation of sacred a cappella choral music and early music ensembles.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
Wheelchair seating is available
Entrances and Elevators
The main entrance is on the East Stadium side of the church.
Ticket Office Location
For ticket sales and ticket pick-up, see the Ticket Office table, located just inside the lobby. The Ticket Office opens 90 minutes prior to the performance and remains open until 30 minutes after the performance begins.
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[ Directions ]
I-94 Eastbound (from Jackson and Chicago)
Take I-94 East to Exit 175 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. Turn left (north) on Ann Arbor Saline Road toward Downtown Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor-Saline Road merges with Main Street. Turn right on Stadium Boulevard and continue approximately 2 miles. See map for exact parking locations.
I-94 Westbound (from Detroit)
Take I-94 West to Exit 175 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. Turn right (north) on Ann Arbor Saline Road toward Downtown Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor-Saline Road merges with Main Street. Turn right on Stadium Boulevard and continue approximately 2 miles. See map for exact parking locations.
US-23 Northbound and Southbound (from Toledo or Flint)
Take US-23 to Exit 37B, Washtenaw Avenue (to Ann Arbor). Go west on Washtenaw (from the Northbound exit you will automatically go west; from the Southbound exit turn right at the end of the exit ramp).
Continue on Washtenaw. When Washtenaw forks to the right do not take the fork, but continue straight ahead. Washtenaw becomes Stadium Boulevard. Continue on Stadium until you reach the light at St. Francis.
M-14 Westbound (from Plymouth or Livonia)
Take M-14 West to US-23 South. Follow directions for US-23 Northbound and Southbound.
I-96 Eastbound (from Lansing)
Take I-96 East to US-23 South. Follow directions for US-23.
I-696/I-96 Westbound (from suburban Detroit)
Take I-696 or I-96 West to I-275 South to M-14 West to US-23 South. Follow directions for US-23 Southbound.
[ Parking ]
Parking at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church located in the church parking lot and surrounding area at no charge. Attendants will be available to assist with traffic flow.