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The LGBTQ+ Ministry: 25 years of Service and Awareness

This year, the LGBTQ+ ministry will celebrate 25 years of service to the St. Francis of Assisi community. Jane Paris, one of the founding members, remembers, “We got started because the friars at St. Francis and Immaculate Conception invited ‘New Ways Ministry’ to do a workshop in Durham. A handful of people from St. Francis went, and we just kept meeting and talking. “‘New Ways Ministry,’” says Jane, “ is a national organization founded by Father Robert Nugent and Sister Jeannine Gramick, both of whom had a history of supporting and ministering to the LGBTQ+ Community. New Ways provides a wide range of services, education, and weekly reflection on the scriptures.”

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jacob House

Coming from a “spiritual but not religious” family and choosing to be baptized Methodist as a teen, Jacob House has always been religious. However, his “high school crush’s invitation” to attend Catholic Mass with her family led him to Catholicism. Whatever the influence to join the Church, St. Francis has been the beneficiary of his decision to become an active member. Since joining St. Francis in 2006, Jacob’s involvement includes being a Eucharistic Minister, Faith Formation volunteer, and Magnolia Glen Ministry Leader, among others, as well as fulfilling leadership roles on the Pastoral Council, the “Know, Believe, Live” (KBL) program, the Pastoral Plan Committee, again, among others. It is insufficient to say, “Jacob is a busy man!”

He says, “I am a follower of a radical revolutionary who counts on me to work alongside his other followers to be his hands, feet, eyes, mind, heart, and voice in this world.” Jacob strives for that while balancing the secular world’s demands and family responsibilities. He does all this work because “I believe that using the gifts God gives me to help people encounter and know God and increase the agape in the world is not optional; it’s the most consequential and fulfilling work I can do.”

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