Parish History

Eight hundred years after Francis heard God’s call to rebuild his church, a people called upon their bishop to build a new parish. And that’s exactly what happened. The parish history covers the first thirty years of the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi parish, a period from 1982 to 2012.
Click here to view a copy of our parish history, 1982-2012, the first thirty years.


The Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province (HNP) served our parish for over 33 years. In 2020 HNP found it necessary to withdraw from approximately 1/3 of their ministry sites, including St. Francis of Assisi in North Raleigh.

To view our tribute to the friars of HNP, click here.

To view the final Mass and Fr. Steve Patti’s homily on August 30,2020, click here.
It was immediately followed by a tribute to our friars.

To view the collage prepared for the friar’s farewell, click here.

Fr. Steve Patti, Fr. Steve Kluge, and Fr. Jim Sabak, with farewell gifts.

Learn about the parish, the design of the church and the many hidden historical gems in this tour of St. Francis by parish historian, Pat Kowite.

Long-time St. Francis parishioner, Pat Kowite, narrates a little part of St. Francis parish history, before it was a parish, with the story of a little girl and her cardboard prayer.

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