The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi

For more information about the ministry, click on the ministry name.


AAMEN MinistryLeon Cooke – 919-740-7515
The African Ancestry Ministry and Evangelization Network provides support and ministry for our African-American and African-descent parishioners and communities.


Advocacy Task ForceTrevor Thompson – 919-847-8205 x270
Provides parish leadership for political advocacy in light our faith and our call to faithful citizenship


AIDS Care Team – Tom Zimmerman – 919-870-1379
Provides compassionate care to those in our community suffering with HIV/AIDS in partnership with Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina


Altar Servers and ThurifersBob Kaczynski or Marie Kaczynski
Help the Presider and Congregation at large celebrate the Mass.


Alzheimer’s Dementia Caregivers Carol Gault – 919-239-4620 or  Linda Tucker 919-900-8280
Reaching out to both, those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other related dementia, and to their caregivers.
Providing information on local resources and offering a safe place to share common experiences.


Assisi Cafe VolunteersAshley Watson – 919-847-8205x444
Volunteer to work in the Assisi Café during weekdays mornings, Sundays after mass, and Saturday concessions.


Assisi Scripture Study – Barbara Efird


Babysitting Group – Ute Feger,
Families working together to share babysitting of young children through a trading system.


Baptism Preparation – Jason Lillis 919-847-8205 x244
Meeting with and preparing our families with infants and children to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism through a once-a-month preparation session.


Basketball High School – Tim Burns – 919-949-4472
Girls and Boys League play during the months of Feb – May. Registration begins in January.


Basketball Summer Adult – Tim Burns – 919-4472
Adult Over 18 League play during June and July on weekends only.  Registration begins in April.


Basketball Youth – Rich Wessel – 919-870-1643
Girl and Boy youth league play during the months of Oct – Jan.  Registration begins in August.


Blood Drive – Bryan Kozak  910-728-9200
Knights of Columbus and American Red Cross bi-annual Blood Drives.


Boy Scouts – Pete Oertel 919-781-8055
Organizing the Boy Scout troop that meets at St Francis.


Brown Bag MinistryNanette Kirsch or Tricia Downs
Prepares and distributes brown bag lunches on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month to a low-income senior apartment complex in Durham. The ministry allows all ages in a family to participate. Families pack lunches together, experience brief communal prayer, and have face-to-face contact with people in need.


Camp FrancisAshley Watson – 919-847-8205x444
Summer camp program for school age youth.  Offering over 100 camp opportunities.  Registration begins in January.


Cancer Companions Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8204×241
Reach out and support those who are dealing with cancer.


Catholic Parish Outreach – 919-873-0245, Sue Hand 919-846-7954   
Serves the needs of people facing difficult financial times by providing food and children’s and maternity clothing.


Care for Creation Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270
Answers the call of St. Francis to be faithful stewards of God’s creation by advocating on behalf of the environment and supporting educational activities.


Caregivers – Carol Derrenbacher – 919-696-6096
Consider sharing your time with others. Make the commitment to volunteer with our Caregivers Ministry. Drive someone to a doctor’s appointment or sit with someone while their primary caregiver takes a break. Volunteer according to your schedule.


Caregivers 402 Line – 919-534-4843 voice mail only
This line is used to pre-schedule rides to doctor’s appointment or to the grocery store.


Caring Casseroles – Donna Mariani – 919-326-3768 or
Volunteers bring freezer ready casseroles to the Feed the Need refrigerator on the first weekend of each month. Meals are used to help those dealing with life’s challenges.


Centering Prayer – Alice Stanford – 919-781-5860
Silent prayer followed by reading and discussion of spiritual materials.


CLOW (Children’s Liturgy of the Word)Jackie Kelly – 919-896-6297
A celebration of the Liturgy of the Word that is designed for children ages 4-6 years


Church Keeping – Beverly Saunders – 919-846-5795
Volunteers help maintain the worship space, Holy Water fonts, altar, linens, and other liturgical items.


Collection CountersPat Kowite 919-847-8205x229
This behind-the-scenes ministry strives to accurately process and record donations so the Parish can be good stewards of contributions received.


Collumbarium and Memorial Plaques – Tresa Pickup – 919-847-8205x249


Community Center Programs Ashley Watson – 919-847-8205x444
Programs and classes offered in the Assisi Community Center throughout the school year.  Fitness classes and Parent/Child classes.


Community Garden – Pat and Paul Kelly – 919-413-8833
Tends a garden on parish grounds and grows vegetables primarily for donation to the hungry in our community through Inter-Faith Food.


Consolation and Care – Celesta Carlson – 919-818-4122
Sends cards to parishioners grieving the death of a loved one and they conducts four evening prayer services a year


Cross BearersJoseph Randazzo
Carry the Crucifix into and out of the Church at Mass and special Liturgies.


Cub Scouts – Mike Hutchinson
Organizing the Cub Scout Pack that meets at St Francis.


Curbside Care –  Andrew Rinderer – 919-559-2733
Collects items and provides care packages for distribution among the poor


Deaf Ministry – Jean Cooke-Byrne – 919-412-8365


Divorce Care William Morgan – 919-272-4471 or
A friendly caring group of people who will walk along side you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.


Duke Children’s Hospital – Danielle Howe –
Celebrates seasonal parties with children and families experiencing compromised health situations


Emmaus Ministers Tresa Pickup – 919-847-8205 x249
Assists parishioners in dealing with the death of a loved one by helping them with funeral preparations and “walking” with them in their time of sorrow.


Environment & Art – Theresa Baumgartner – 919-848-3383
Dresses the worship space based on the liturgical season, which helps parishioners connect more closely with the message of the Gospel.


Eucharistic MinistersMary Lacy Simmons
Lay persons who administer the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ to the congregation at each Mass when there is a shortage of priests and deacons to assist the celebrant.


Traveling Eucharistic Ministries
Eucharistic Ministers, also called (EM’s) bring the Holy Eucharist to those who cannot attend Sunday liturgies at

St. Francis: the homebound, hospitalized and residents of retirement communities and nursing homes such as

EM to AbbotswoodGerry and Karen Collins – 919-846-6789

EM to the Homebound
– Pat Spencer – 704-608-1678

EM to Magnolia Glenn – Erica Schaab Emerson 919-617-7765

EM to the MeadowsAndrea McVerry – 919-846-2056

EM to Rex Hospital – Edward Gilmartin –

EM to Springmoor – Janice Horner 484-949-1417


Family and Marriage Enrichment – Steve and Cecy Becker – 919-870-0694


Family Promise – Ron Smith – 919-455-7786
Family Promise Ministry  also known as Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network (WIHN)  – Every year we host homeless families at St. Francis for a week at a time, 3 weeks out of the year. Opportunities to serve include bringing food items, sharing a meal, being an overnight host, providing childcare, and serving as a driver. This is a perfect opportunity to “welcome the stranger” in our community and live out one of the corporal works of mercy. 


Feed the Need – Donna Mariani – 919-326-3768
Help provide cooked meals to families in our parish who are adjusting to life’s challenges. Sign up for a date that works for you.


Feeding Calendar –  Becky Cawley at 919-847-8205 or Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205
If “feeding the hungry” is one of your favorite corporeal works of mercy, check out our feeding calendar for information about upcoming opportunities. 


FIRE Intergeneration Family FFJenniffer Fiduccia


Food Drives – Becky Cawley – 919-847-8205x267 or
Every year we host 2 food drives to stock the food pantry for Our Lady of the Rosary parish in rural North Carolina.


FrancisFest: – Tricia Henry – 919-847-8205x375
Annual parish wide event celebrating our patron Saint by welcoming the entire community for a day of fellowship. Event held the first Sunday in October. Event planning team begins in April.


Funeral Ministers – Lisa Gianturco – 919-845-9718
Assist the Friar during a funeral, and greet guest who attend a funeral.


Gabriel Project Kip Moffett
Offers emotional and practical support to women with unexpected pregnancies.


Girl Scouts Melissa O’Connor, 919-847-8205 x379
Organizing all Girl Scout troops that meet at St Francis.


Good Grief – Bereavement Support – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8204×241
A 7 week program for those experiencing loss of a loved one


Gym Nights Open Play – Tricia Henry – 919-847-8205x375
Ministry leader led open play in the Assisi Community Center each week night. See website for membership information and  leader contact information for each night.


Habitat for Humanity – Diane and Bob Steinbeiser – 919-846-8026
Offers St. Francis workdays to work alongside other parishioners in building homes for the homeless.


Inter-Faith Food Shuttle – 919-250-0043, Suzanne Szymendera – 919-845-4885


International Mission – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270
Takes parishioners to other parts of the world to experience different ways of living and expressing faith. These are transformational opportunities to encounter God’s mercy in the other cultures and peoples. We are planning on trips to Honduras, Guatemala, and others.


Job Connections – Mary Horner – 610-755-5392
We are an instruction and support ministry that provides encouragement, information, networking, coaching, spiritual guidance, and job search skills training in a Catholic Christian setting.


Jobs for Life is an employment ministry where unemployed and underemployed men and women, many of whom are homeless, come seeking training, mentoring and coaching to help them find meaningful work. We serve on Mondays.  This is a brand new opportunity in partnership with a transformational organization of Jobs for Life.


JustFaith and other Social Justice Formation Events – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205×270
Offers educational programs, films, guest speakers, and event throughout the year on a variety of social justice topics


Justice Theater Project – Deb Royals-Mizerk – 919-272-1551
Engages a variety of social justice topics by offering several dramatic productions a year


Lectors – Mike Wrzesien, Shawn Bayle – 919-624-1592
Proclaim the Word of God on weekends, Holy Days, and special Liturgies.


LGBT Ministry– Jane Paris 919-847-7431, Chris O’Neill 919-210-5319


LGBT Parent Support – Kathryn Cox – 919-618-2178


Life After Loss – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8204×241
This ministry is for individuals who are ready and feel the need to reach our and bridge into creating a new normal life after the loss of a loved one.


Liturgical Ministry Mailbox –


Marriage Preparation Team – Jason Lillis 919-847-8205 x244
Meeting with and preparing our engaged couples to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony through information sessions and sharing from our experiences of marriage.


Master of CeremoniesMichael and Julie Ducatte
Responsible for coordinating and overseeing all aspects of the Liturgy and make sure Mass runs smoothly.


Medical Facility Visitation Sharon Holland –
Provides friendly visits to parishioners in area hospitals and care facilities.


Medical Presence @ Mass – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205x241
Parishioners who are medical professionals identify themselves to the head usher and wear name tags. In the event of a medical event during Mass, they can be easily identified as someone who can help.


Mental Health and Wellness – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205x241
Addressing the stigma associated with Mental Illness, offering support and bringing awareness, resources, education and offering a better understanding of Mental Illness.  Mental illness is a medical condition not a weakness.


Migrant Ministry – Bruce Cartier – 919-855-9909,
Connects with migrant workers at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, in Louisburg, N.C., in summer by driving them to Mass on Sundays and serving monthly “fiesta” meals.


Music MinistryJoyce Petzka


New Parishioner Contact Toni Hammes – 919-847-8205x265
Want to register for the parish, please visit


Oak City Outreach Center
Prepares a meal regularly for individuals experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity in downtown Raleigh.


On Purpose Peace  – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205x241
Is a small Christian Community guide to understanding that you have a purpose and are essential to God’s plan. Discover your two word purpose statement, “I exist to serve God by _______”

Passage Home – Peg Cavender 919-985-5950
Offers opportunities to build relationships with people living in low-income neighborhoods in Raleigh.


Panera Pickup Ministry – Becky Cawley 919-847-8205x267 or
Every Monday evening at the Briar Creek Panera Bread location we pick up the left over breads and pastries and the next day we deliver these beautiful treats tot he Morehead Hills Senior Apartments complex in Durham.

(Click here) – to sign up to help, or go to:
We are also looking for a ministry leader for this ministry.

Parish Community Events
 – Tricia Henry – 919-847-8205x375

Social event planning for the parish community including FrancisFest, Family Friendly Fridays, Jamboree, and others.


Parking Ministry – Steve Burdett – 919-845-2714
Welcome all vehicular participants to and from St. Francis property and ensure safe passage to and from their vehicles.


Play and Pray – Niamh Crotty
Faith Formation nursery for children ages 1-4 during the 9:30 and 11:30 Masses.


Prayer LineSusan Stamey
Volunteers prays for the intentions of parishioners.


Prayer Shawl Ministry –  Cindy Cardello 919-846-8825, Donna Quirk 919-847-2084
Makes shawls as expression of our community’s care and concern for those struggling with difficulties in life.


Prison Pen PalTrevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270
For many years, our Prison Pen Pal Ministry has been reaching out to prisoners living on North Carolina’s death row. These prisoners are isolated and often estranged from family. Members of our ministry write to prisoners who have requested letters. Often we are their only link to the outside world. The number of inmates requesting letters has far exceeded our pen pals and we are actively seeking parishioners to join us. Pen pals commit to giving correspondence a try for six months but otherwise you determine how often to write.


Project Rachel – 919-852-1021
A Catholic community program that aims to provide hope and healing after abortion.


Racial Awareness and Religious Exchange (RARE) – Tom Zimmerman at 870-1379
Promotes interracial and interfaith dialogue and understanding through prayer and discussion with members of Baptist Grove Church.


Returning Catholics


Rite of Christian Initiation Adults
A process of discernment for adults who seek initiation and full communion with the Catholic Church.


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, adapted for Children
A process of discernment for those who are between the ages of 7 and 17 and seek initiation and full communion with the Catholic Church.


Ronald McDonald House – Julie and Jason Huckaby – 919-624-5065
St. Francis parishioners prepare and serve dinner to families with sick children at the Ronald McDonald House on the third Wednesday of every month. Parishioners also purchase and deliver to the church the groceries needed to make the meal. Will you join us? Together we make a difference for these families.


Rosary MinistryBarbi Tapernek at 919-954-3370
Promotes devotion to the Holy Rosary of the Virgin Mary.


Seeing God in Your Cancer Journey – Kathleen Owen at  919-847-8205x241
Cancer can lead to frustration and questions as you try to make sense of your struggle.
This 9 week book/video bible study that leads you through scriptures to explore how the Christian faith can support you on your cancer journey. 


Sister Parish Guatemala – Carie Gunnells
Sends delegations of parishioners to the village of Las Margaritas II in Guatemala (Central America) to deepen our mutual understanding and open our hearts to our Mayan brothers and sisters.


Special Needs Ministry – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205x241
Reaches out to parents/caregivers of special needs children and adults, offering support and encouragement for the journey.


St Francis 50+ Adults Group – Gene Schultz 919-562-0477
An organization formed to provide opportunities for social, spiritual, charitable services, and educational opportunities for the benefit of its members, as well as the parish and Wake County community. Membership is open to persons 50 years or older who attend the St. Francis parish, or reside in Wake County and surrounding areas.  Monthly potlucks and Monthly game days are open to all members.


St. Francis Feeds – Donna Mariani – 919-326-3768
Prepares a meal regularly for individuals experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity in downtown Raleigh.


St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia – John Budway – 305-205-5104
St. Francis Inn is a Franciscan Eucharistic community called to minister to the poor and homeless of Philadelphia. Delegations of six to eight parishioners from our parish travel to Philadelphia a few times each year to participate in this community. Delegates serve at the Inn from Monday through Friday, typically departing from Raleigh on a Sunday and returning the following Saturday


St. Vincent de Paul – 919-534-4842
Provides compassionate care and assistance to individuals experiencing a financial emergency


Stephen MinistryKathleen Owen – 919-847-8204x241
Stephen ministers are members of our congregation who receive special training to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community experiencing challenges in life: grief; loneliness; divorce; hospitalization; disability; job loss; and many other life difficulties. Learn how to become a Stephen Minister or receive care from one.


Stewardship – Get Involved – Tresa Pickup – 919-847-8205x249


Summer at St Francis – Ashley Watson – 919-847-8205x444
St Francis of Assisi has many activities for all age groups this summer. Look for the opportunity that meets your needs.


Support Circles –  Ellen Ferrone – 919-381-5509
Develops a year-long (or longer) relationship with a family transitioning from homelessness, providing emotional support and practical assistance.


The Way of FrancisBen Whitehouse
An individual pilgrimage for those who are seeking a deeper understanding of the gifts they have received from God.


Transportation to Mass – Stephanie Smith – 919-302-0080
Provides transportation to parishioners who have no means of getting to church for weekend liturgies.


Ushers – John Cuomo – 919-931-4308 or Troy Chaput 919-665-7194
Serve as visual representatives of St. Francis during mass and offer assistance and direct the offertory collection, Eucharistic  procession, and bulletin distribution.


Volleyball Youth Mary Arleth – 919-847-8205x379
Girls and Boys League play during the months of June-July . Registration begins in April.


Volunteer Receptionists – Toni Hammes – 919-847-8205x265
Monday thru Friday, welcome people who walk in our door, answer the main phone number.


Wedding Directors – Judy Ferraro – 919-395-3005


Young AdultsMelissa Misko
Hosting social, service, and spiritual events for those in their 20s and 30s. Single, married, or divorce; with kids or without – all are welcome!