Dear Brothers and Sisters,

After much personal discernment on his part, Frank Lesko has resigned as Coordinator of Justice and Peace effective March 22.

In his resignation letter, Frank wrote, “I have grown tremendously both professionally and personally through this role.  I appreciate greatly the welcome and support that the whole community has offered me in my time here.  Like many of us who sow in the vineyard, I hope that God has been able to work some good through me as I planted seeds that others may harvest.  The commitment of this parish to justice and peace is outstanding and certainly a beacon far and wide.”  I’m grateful for Frank’s commitment to the work of peace and justice here at St. Francis and also within the Diocese of Raleigh.  The 9:00 am Mass on March 22 will provide an opportunity to gather with Frank and the pastoral staff to express our thanks and appreciation to Frank, followed by coffee in the Assisi Café. Trevor Thompson will assume responsibility for the  Justice and Peace office while continuing to provide oversight to the area of Pastoral Ministries.  Trevor’s passion for Catholic Social Teaching with its corresponding peace and justice outreach make him the right person to serve in this capacity.

Last week I reported on the impact our generosity is having on those severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  In addition, we have also received letters of gratitude from:

Passage Home: Your support is helping to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, empower women and families who have been homeless, giving education and opportunities to youth, strengthening neighborhoods, and providing hope to communities in need.  You are helping families lift themselves out of poverty and become self-sufficient

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County:  Your gift will end the cycle of poverty housing for a family earning a modest income.  As a homeowner recently told us, “My home is more than a blessing to me; it is for my children and their children.”

Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina:  In this past year, with help of individuals like you, we have provided food, emergency financial assistance, pastoral care, care teams, education, and advocacy for thousands of our fellow citizens.

Our Lady of the Rosary (OLR) Food Pantry:  Thank you!  You came to our rescue with over 400 bags of food, plus diapers, and baby food.  The prayer shawl ministry provided knitted hats, scarves, and mittens that were delivered on one of those exceptionally cold days recently.  They were put to immediate need!

The Inter-faith Food Shuttle:  We want to continue to spread our message that hunger is not acceptable.  Thank you for your recent donation; we could not continue our mission without your support.

St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia:  Many thanks to you for the collection for the poor.  We were especially delighted to receive the new underwear; that was a very practical and welcome item.

Witness for Peace Southeast:  Thank you for cosponsoring the Pilgrimage for Peace and Justice.  Your support helps make the 2013 pilgrimage possible.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark