About The Formation Team
Director of Formation
Serving professionally as a cantor since age fourteen, Jenn began her full-time career as a Youth Minister while completing her degree in vocal performance at New York University. Having served in many ministerial and musical roles for parishes and the Archdiocese of Newark, Jenn, her husband Pat, and four children, moved to North Carolina in 2009. She began her service at St. Francis in 2011 as Coordinator for Families with Youth and now serves as Director of Formation. Aside from her roles in ministry at the parish and diocesan level, writing and performing music (https://soundcloud.com/jennjinks), and raising her young family, Jenn is pursuing her Masters in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas.
Coordinator, Children’s Formation
Sarah joined the formation team in September of 2016. God has blessed her immensely in the past year: She graduated from the University of Notre Dame (where she studied psychology and theology) in December. She married her seventh grade crush on June 11th, and moved from Michigan down to Durham shortly afterwards.
Coordinator, Middle School Formation
Thomas joined the Formation Team as the Coordinator of Middle School Formation in June 2017. Thomas recently graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and has extensive experience working in the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish at UNC as a middle school catechist, and he also served as a student minister for Junior Youth Ministry and as Student Minister for Catechesis K-8. In addition to the Newman Center, Thomas volunteers weekly at Culbreth Middle School as an ESL Volunteer. He will be leading Formation for youth in grades 6 through 8 and will be coordinating sacramental preparation and celebration for Confirmation.
Coordinator, Family Life
Tim is our Family Life Coordinator, and is responsible for preparation for the sacraments of Marriage and Baptism, including the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). He also supports married couples in our community, and ministry with our Young Adults Community.
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Marisa graduated from New England Conservatory in 2011 and taught music and led adult and youth ministry in Massachusetts until August of 2018 when she relocated to Raleigh. Her husband’s job was relocated to Raleigh. Marisa’s dog, Kuma decided it would be best if he came too! Marisa is excited to lead the youth ministry program at St. Francis. She’s excited to meet new folks and walk with them on their journey to know, love and serve Christ.
Coordinator, Play and Pray
Tara has been working with the Play and Pray program for many years and recently accepted the Coordinator of Play and Pray position. We are excited to have Tara as part of our team.
Martina supports the Formation Team in the logistical aspects of sacramental preparation for Baptism (ages 7& under), First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Youth Confirmation and Marriage. Her tasks include preparing and facilitating the registration process, managing the databases, guiding families through their sacramental preparation journey, recruiting and managing volunteers, among others. She enjoys working with her team and serving her faith community.
Jennifer joined the Family Formation team in September 2014 to provide administrative support for children’s faith formation (grades K-5). This includes Cross Walk (K-5), sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and First Eucharist, and Vacation Bible School. Jennifer can be found emailing registration announcements or program updates and working with parents to ensure the details are in place for their child to attend these events. When not at St. Francis, Jen’s often cruising around the Leesville area with her three kids – who are also in the Faith Formation program.
Administrative Specialist, Communications
Patti joined the Formation team in October of 2016. She supports the Team by coordinating the weekly Cross Walk, Cross Train, Cross Road and Home School /FIRE newsletters for the Formation Team, and maintains the Formation web pages. Anticipating her oldest son’s graduation from The Franciscan School this year, she wanted to continue to be a part of the St Francis community where she’s been a parishioner for 20+ years. Patti was born and raised in the Boston suburbs, and enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, a good cup of coffee, and reading in her spare time.