The Oratory of Francis of Assisi was established 4 October 1997 (the Feast of Saint Francis) to fulfill the spiritual desires of the faithful who desired the Traditional Latin Mass, Sacraments and Faith. Because there was no place in the San Fernando Valley for the faithful to attend daily Mass, as well as receive all the Sacraments in the traditional (pre-Vatican II) Latin Rite, the clergy of the Priestly Society of Christ the King (SSCR) eagerly took up the challenge and began their Apostolate in Southern California.
For over a decade since its founding, the small but faithful parish family has grown in number and sanctity. Annual retreats during Advent and Lent, as well as Processions, the Forty Hour Devotion and special lectures on the Faith, have become a hallmark of this Oratory. Frequent adult Baptisms and Confirmations are also a sign of Godís favour.