“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” -Proverbs 31:8-9

There are many advocacy opportunities at St. Francis. If you have questions and would like to speak with someone about advocacy, please contact any of the following:
Trevor Thompson at
Becky Cawley at
Deb Royals-Mizerk at

Opportunities for Advocacy

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

Always Gods Children (AGC) – is a program, named after the U.S. Bishops’ 1998 pastoral letter “Always Our Children”, provides a confidential setting for persons who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender), their family, and their friends, in which we share our experiences and concerns.

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 via the Center for Volunteer Caregiving – 919-460-0567
Offers several types of help: respite visits so that primary caregivers can take a break, transportation to the grocery store and
to medical appointmentsConsider sharing your time with others. Volunteer according to your schedule.

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

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. 

Gabriel Project – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270
Offers emotional and practical support to women with unexpected pregnancies.

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

Knights Of Columbus – Contact: Mike Wrzesien for any membership inquires

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

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.

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

Refugee Resettlement Aggie Dalton
We have joyfully and successfully resettled our first family, but there is always more to do! We will continue to support the Omari family and help them transition to life in Raleigh.

SFA 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.

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

Welcome New Parishioner Events – Deb Royals-Mizerk 919-847-8205 x222
Provide a welcoming opportunities for new parishioners through being table hosts at our monthly new parishioner events.