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The Mission of St. Francis of Assisi School is to teach and live the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through family involvement in worship, evangelization, education and service.

St. Francis students will learn how to live as Jesus lived, with an open heart and respect for the rights of people of all cultures and a willingness to be of service to others. Students will contribute to the community spirit of the school as team members, cooperating with the administration, teachers and support staff. Parents are the primary educators of their children. St. Francis School complements their role by educating and nurturing the whole child: spiritually, morally, intellectually and physically. Using the teachings of the Catholic Church, St. Francis of Assisi School strives to impart a love of the Gospel and of learning so that students emerge as lifelong leaders.



Around the 1890’s, the Catholic Church began a mission in Lumberton. It was one of many small towns in Northern New Mexico that began to build Catholic community. Fr. Antonio Jouvenzeau ministered to the missions from Parkview to Farmington. In 1910 the Franciscan Fathers took over all the missions in the area. Around 1915 the Fathers built the first school house. The two story structure housed grades 1-8. By 1920 the school was staffed by Franciscan sisters. Currently it is run as a non-profit organization by volunteers. We hope soon to be a diocesan school though in the coming year. The population of the school and enrollment has changed very little over the years. Enrollment fluctuates between 75 – 125 students.

We seek knowledge and faith, strengthened by love. We work, dream, and serve. Together we succeed!

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