The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi
A – Z Ministry List

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

Adult Formation – Jennifer Fiduccia
A variety of programs are being offered. Visit our link or contact

Al-Anon – Madeline Horrigan –
Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.
They meet Sunday nights after 5:30 Mass

AA Meditation – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205 x241
AA Meditation is a fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem.
It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere.
They meet Monday to Friday at 7am at LaVerna – the log cabin.

Altar Servers and Thurifers – Tim Hetzel 919-847-8205x244
Help the Presider and Congregation at large celebrate the Mass.

Always Gods Children (AGC) – Chuck Small – 919-859-4889
This is 
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.

Assisi Cafe Volunteers – Ashley Watson  – 919-847-8205 ext. 444
Volunteer in the Assisi Cafe on weekday mornings (during the school year) and during Youth Baksetball Concessions on Saturdays and Sundays.

Baptism Preparation – Tim Hetzel 919-847-8205x244
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 – Mary Arleth- 919-847-8205 ext. 358
High School Girls and Boys parish basketball league play during the months of Feb – May. Registration begins in January.

Basketball Summer Adult – Mary Arleth- 919-847-8205 ext. 358
Adult Over 18 League play during June and July on weekends only.  Registration begins in April.

Basketball Youth Mary Arleth- 919-847-8205 ext. 358
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.

Brown Bag Ministry – Tricia and Randy Downs, Laura and Rick Marino, Hope McFarland, Meg Mercer, Lori and Dale Zagiba
Prepares and distributes brown bag lunches every Saturday to a low-income senior apartment complex in Durham. The ministry allows all ages to participate. Families/Groups pack lunches together, experience brief communal prayer, and have face-to-face contact with people in need.  To volunteer go to our webpage at or by emailing

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

Cancer Companions – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205 x241
A group were you will meet some new people, we’ll share our stories.
There will be tears, but there will also be laughter….healing laughter, and you will not be alone on this journey.

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 appointments.  Consider sharing your time with others. Volunteer according to your schedule.

Caring Casseroles – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205 x241
Volunteers bring cooked, 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.

Catholic Parish Outreach (CPO) – 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.

Celebrating Christmas in Your Cancer Journey – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205 x241
God knew cancer would collide with your Christmas this year. He also knew that this Christmas, you would need less pressure and more joy but… How can you celebrate Christmas in the midst of the pressures of cancer?

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 Counters – Rob Neppel 919-847-8205x243
This behind-the-scenes ministry strives to accurately process and record donations so the Parish can be good stewards of contributions received.

Columbarium and Memorial Plaques – Trish Adamkowski – 919-847-8205x236

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.

Confirmation Preparation – Thomas Bulick
Confirmation is a sacrament of mature Christian commitment and  a deepening of baptismal gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of  Initiation and of faith in God’s fidelity to us. Our regular parish program is a two-year process that may begin with entrance to 8th grade. Email

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 Bearers – Joseph Randazzo
Carry the Crucifix into and out of the Church at Mass and special Liturgies.

Cub Scouts – Kyle Berner
Organizing the Cub Scout Pack that meets at St Francis.

Curbside Care –  Ian Gillen -
Collects items and provides care packages for distribution among the poor

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

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

Divorce Care 4 Kids
 (DC4K) – Kathleen Owen –
Divorce Care for Kids is a safe, fun place where your children ages 5-12 can learn skills that will help them heal.


Divorce Care Surviving the Holidays - Kathleen Owen –

Donate  Food and Supplie Drives – Becky Cawley – 919-847-8205 x268

Duke Children’s Hospital – Joe and Geanie Slifer – 919-870-6993
Celebrates seasonal parties with children and families experiencing compromised health situations

Emmaus Ministers – Kathleen Owen - 919-847-8205 x241
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 Ministers at Mass– Tim Hetzel 919-847-8205 x230
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 Ministers
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 the Homebound – Pat Spencer – 704-608-1678

EM to Magnolia Glen – Jacob House – 781-290-8813

EM to the Meadows – Andrea McVerry – 919-846-2056

EM to Rex Hospital – Edward Gilmartin –

Faith Formation for Children and Youth – Jennifer Fiduccia – 919-847-8205 x238
In a “normal” year, our 
Cross Walk (grades K-5), Cross Train (grades 6-8) and Cross Road (grades 9-12) programs offer faith formation in a small group environment. The programs are centered on the Mass, offering food and fellowship, in a fun, safe environment, with offerings to fit your family’s busy schedule. During this pandemic time, we are offering virtual formation options for all grades, including an intergenerational, whole-family format. For more information, email

First Reconciliation & Eucharist Preparation –  Sarah Bowser
First Reconciliation
 is traditionally celebrated when the children reach the age of reason, which traditionally is seven years old. The sacrament is celebrated in late Fall at a communal Reconciliation service with families present. First Eucharist is celebrated in the spring at our weekend Masses with our community. Email

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 – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205 x241
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. 

First Reconciliation & Eucharist Preparation –  Sarah Bowser
First Reconciliation
 is traditionally celebrated when the children reach the age of reason, which traditionally is seven years old. The sacrament is celebrated in late Fall at a communal Reconciliation service with families present. First Eucharist is celebrated in the spring at our weekend Masses with our community. Email

Food and Supply Drives – Becky Cawley – 919-847-8205 x268

FrancisFest: – Ashley Watson – 919-847-8205x444
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.

Funeral Planning – Contact Kathleen Owen 919-847-8205 x241
To make arrangements for a funeral for your loved one.

Gabriel Project – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270
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.

GriefShare – Kathleen Owen -
This ministry gives you the opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling.  You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live in bondage to certain emotions.  You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future.

GriefShare Surviving the Holidays – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205 x241 
Those who are grieving a loved one's death. You'll learn: How to deal with the many emotions you'll face.
We have 2 classes one for Adults and one for Kids.

Grief Support Group – Marsha Riely –
Share your grief experience and receive support, understanding in a comfortable setting and learn new ways to deal with your grief.

Gym Open Play Nights – Mary Arleth – 919-847-8205 x358
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.

HIV/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

Helen Wright Center for Women

Breakfast meal – Nam Douglass at or 919-412-5182
Dinner meal - Angela Zemonek at or 919-931-3293
Or to sign up to help with a dinner meal  (click here)

Homework Helpers – Michelle Harris at
Is aimed at helping children of low income Hispanic families with their homework and daily lessons once a week.

Hospitality Hands – Deb Royals-Mizerk 919-847-8205 x222
Serves Coffee and Donuts after morning masses in Fellowship Hall to enable our community to simply be with each other in fellowship. 

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 – Ellen Ferrone
This 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.

Journeying with Grief through the Holidays 
It’s hard to enjoy the holidays when you’re grieving. Come spend an afternoon with us and learn how to develop a plan for getting through the holiday season.

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

Knights Of Columbus – Contact: for any membership inquires

LaVerna Al-Anon – Helping by giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic. We meet every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in the LaVerna center (the log cabin across from the Chapel).  Enter through the garage. For resources, (Click here)

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 Support Group – Chuck Small  - 984-204-0012

Liturgical Ministries – Jim Wahl 919-847-8205 x230

Marriage Preparation Team – Tim Hetzel 919-847-8205x244
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 Ceremonies – Michael and Julie Ducatte
Responsible for coordinating and overseeing all aspects of the Liturgy and make sure Mass runs smoothly.

Medical Presence @ Mass – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205 x241
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.

Men’s Ministry Norm Tuomi at
The ministry meets virtually every 1st and 3rd Monday from 7 to 8 am. The meetings provide a way for men to come together in prayer and fellowship.
For discussions, we select a book that deals with faith and life issues. The Men’s Ministry provides a safe haven for men to meet other Christian men
for friendship and the sharing of our journey through life.

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.

Mom’s Imitate Mary – Sarah Ruiz – (or) Krystal Beaumont –
Prayer, fellowship, and support for moms.

Music Ministry – Joyce Petzka
We are all called to musical ministry in the liturgy by participating in the songs and hymns of the Mass. However, some people have received the gift of musical leadership and this is best served by participating as a singer or instrumentalist.

NAMI/Wake – provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

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

Oak City Outreach Center – Becky Cawley 919-847-8205x267
Prepares a meal regularly for individuals experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity in downtown Raleigh.

Our Lady of the Rosary – 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.

Passage Home
Offers opportunities to build relationships with people living in low-income neighborhoods in Raleigh.

Padre Pio Secular Franciscans
Learn more about living Franciscan spirituality in the secular world.
For more information, contact Ellen Ferrone –

Panera Pickup Ministry – Emma Dempsey - or Becky Cawley -
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 to the Morehead Hills Senior Apartments complex in Durham. For more information or to volunteer, visit our feeding calendar at

Play and Pray – Tara Moore  919-847-8205x289
Faith Formation nursery for children ages 1-4 during the 9:30 and 11:30 Masses.

Prayer Line – Paul Wilson - 
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.

Preschool – St Francis of Assisi Preschool: To learn more about the wonderful opportunities that we provide, please visit our website at or contact Shelley Freeman at:

Prison Pen Pal – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270 or Jill Balogh, 919-847-5872
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.

Reflecting on the Word –
A weekly lectionary-based small group. Anyone can join at any point.

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.

Rite of Christian Initiation  Adults Email
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 – Email
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 –
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 Ministry – Kathleen Owen 919-847-8205 x241
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. 

Scouts BSA: Boy & Girl Troops –
Mark Priest  (Boy Troop)

Scott Cash (Girl Troop)
Organizing the Boy Scout troop that meets at St Francis.

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.

St Francis 50+ Adults Group – Angela Azzopardi (919-848-1347); 
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 Builds/Habitat – Diane and Bob Steinbeiser – 919-846-8026
Offers St. Francis workdays to work alongside other parishioners in building homes for the homeless.

St. Francis Feeds Calendar – Becky Cawley 919-847-8205x267 or Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8204x241
If “feeding the hungry” is one of your favorite corporeal works of mercy, then this is the place to get all your information about upcoming opportunities through our parish ministries. We have opportunities where you can serve with your families, as a group, or individually. Some opportunities request donated non-perishable food; others prepare casseroles. Some package food for delivery; others deliver and serve food. You can serve on the weekday evenings, weekends, for a whole week at a time, or as it works with your schedule. We have opportunities for everyone!  For more information go to 

St. Francis Inn –  John Budway at  or 305-205-5104
 Franciscan Eucharistic community called to minister to the poor and homeless of Philadelphia. Formed in the spirit of the Gospel and inspired by the life and compassion of Francis and Clare of Assisi, the inn tries to meet the immediate daily needs of the people it serves with food, clothing and hospitality.

St. Vincent de Paul – Help Line – 919-534-4842
Provides compassionate care and assistance to individuals experiencing a financial emergency.
Call the help line for more information and/or assistance.
Ways to get involved with this ministry.

Stephen Ministry – Kathleen 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 – Deb Royals-Mizerk 919-847-8205 x222
enabling our St Francis community to sharing time, talent, and treasure as gifts from God.

Supply and Food Drives – Becky Cawley – 919-847-8205 x268

Support Circles –  Kat and Ferrel Guilroy –
Develops a year-long (or longer) relationship with a family transitioning from homelessness, providing emotional support and practical assistance.

The Franciscan School  Michael Watson – Principal
Founded in 2000, The Franciscan School is a fully accredited K-8 Catholic School. Reflecting the unique charism of our patron, St. Francis of Assisi, TFS is dedicated to an education that fosters a Christ-centered way of living and celebrates the building of the Kingdom of God on Earth. We invite you to visit our beautiful campus. We offer individual tours and student shadow opportunities. Schedule a tour and a shadow day online at, or by calling Lura Tysiac, Admissions Coordinator, at 919.534.4837 ext 469.

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

 Together Living with Cancer – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8204×241
Support for those dealing with cancer.

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.

Virtual Cafe’ – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205×241
Connect via Zoom and share a quick hour just passing the time. No structure, no format, just a little light conversation, hopefully a few laughs and mabe some creative ideas to get you through the next week or so.

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

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

Volunteer Opportunities
Here you will find a variety of opportunities to volunteer.  If you have questions, contact the ministry leader for that particular opportunity. If you have further questions about getting involved at St. Francis, contact Deb Royals-Mizerk, our Director of Stewardship at or call her at 919-847-8205×222.

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

Weekend Volunteer Receptionists – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8205 x241
Sunday, welcome people who come to mass by helping with registration, mass cards, and general inquires.

Weekend Welcome Hosts – Deb Royals-Mizerk 919-847-8205 x222
Extend genuine welcome to people coming to church each weekend by greeting folks and sharing smiles at the main doors of the church, directing folks around campus, and generally creating a warm atmosphere where all feel welcome and a part of the St Francis community.

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.   

Wedding Directors – Judy Ferraro – 919-395-3005

Women’s Ministry – Tuesday evening group Anna Fowler –  and
Friday morning group - Celesta Carlson at

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