Pastor’s Welcome

Welcome to St. Francis!  My name is Fr. Steve Patti, I’m a Franciscan friar, part of Holy Name Province in New York, and I have been here as pastor since 2014.  I am originally from the north – born in Boston – and have served in a parish in Durham NC and now Raleigh NC for a combined 14 years.  One of the things I’ve noticed about being part of a parish in the South is that most people, it seems, are not from here; most people seem to have relocated here from other parts of the country.  We hear that a lot from people.  And so for many people the church in the South becomes a kind of central touchpoint, a place to meet people and make friends, a place to gather on a Sunday to hear the word of God, gather around the table of the Lord, and go out into the wider community as those sent by Christ to witness to the gospel in the modern world.  St. Francis is a warm and welcoming parish, and we welcome you to be a part of it!

 Fr. Steve

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