Our Community’s Candidates for Full Communion and Confirmation
Please Pray for Our Candidates, Who were Welcomed into the Family on May 24, 2021
Angela Hoffmann is our Catholic Confirmation Candidate, completing her Sacraments of Initiation. She was born in Pittsburgh before moving to Charlotte and eventually onto Raleigh. Angela is also mom to a ten-year-old daughter, and owns and operates her own hair salon. She loves the sense of family that our parish offers to her and is looking forward to being godmother to her nephews.
Christin Lockhart grew up in the Seventh Day Adventist faith tradition in Roanoke, Virginia. She works as a Creative Manager doing graphic design, front-end website design, and managing junior designers. In her spare time, she enjoys going on walks, reading, taking care of her three dogs, two parakeets, and a stray cat, and taking her youngest pup to the dog park. What she loves about the Catholic Church is the rituals and the carefully considered details of worship done in a way that glorifies God. Christin calls our St. Francis Community a breath of fresh air with a home-like feel. She is looking forward to finally receiving Eucharist alongside her boyfriend of four years, Bryan.
Ethan McElvaney grew up as the youngest of three in Raleigh near Knightdale, and comes to us from the Anglican faith tradition. After graduating from William Peace University, he received his Masters in Interactive Media from Elon and landed a job with Relias, building online courses for healthcare professionals. Ethan is a lifelong learner and in his free time likes to read, write, game, study in the areas of theology and eLearning, hang out with his Main Coon cat, Night Waluigi, and volunteer with Code for America and at anime and comic conventions. He loves the deep traditions of the Church and is looking forward to being able to celebrate all the sacraments in our welcoming community. This summer, he will wed Vanessa Lennon at St. Francis.
Margaret O’Brien was born in Ft. Walton Beach, FL, raised in Burlington, NC, and eventually settled in Raleigh, where she worked as the Director in Extension Services for many years at NC State, her alma mater. Although raised a Congregational Christian, Margaret and her husband, Terry, have called St. Francis home for many years and have served with a number of our outreach ministries in the parish and wider community, most notably with the AIDS ministry with Fr. David McBriar, the Community Food Bank, Duke Children’s Hospital, the Salvation Army, and as a Senior Mentor to incoming NC State transfer students. She feels the Holy Spirit calling her, at this time, to enter the Church with humility and love. In her free time, Margaret likes to spend time with her German Shepherd mix rescue pup, Roxxie, ride her bike on the greenways, and read all kinds of books.
Coming to us from the Methodist tradition, Kyle Postlethwait was born in Zephyrhills, Florida. He speaks fondly of his family – his younger sister, three half siblings, and “saint of a mother.” Kyle works as a Sales Consultant for a beverage distributor and in his free time, he tries to stay active in the outdoors as much as possible, or else enjoys a good book. He is very excited to deepen his faith and celebrate the sacraments with his loved ones present to support him. Kyle reflects that the St. Francis community has been incredibly welcoming and kind to him. He and his fiancé will be married soon!
Robert “Hunter” Whitworth
Hunter Whitworth was born in Wendell, NC, and raised in the Methodist tradition. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and now teaches at St. David School. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, and plays several instruments. Hunter reflects that his favorite thing about the Church is its respect for Tradition and the celebration of the sacraments. He feels drawn to its rich history and is awed by how that history informs a communal love. Hunter and his fiancé, Samantha, will be married soon!
Charles Warren calls himself a part time philosopher and full time Tar Heel. Coming to us from the Baptist faith tradition, he was raised in Garner, NC. Charles is father to two beautiful daughters and one stubborn, belly-rubbing loving dog. He works in retail by day and in his free time, he is a marathoner, a recreational golfer, and a die-hard Tar Heel devotee. He loves the people in our community and especially the liturgy and rich theological tradition of the Catholic Church.
Our Community’s Candidates for Full Initiation – 2021
Please pray for our Candidates as they prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation!
Brook Galesic grew up in the Southwest in Arizona and New Mexico. A lifelong Catholic, she is the oldest of six children. Brook is very close with her large family of siblings, parents, and stepparents, and she loves spending her free time with them and her friends. She is employed by Wake County Public Schools as a special education teacher. Brook says that her favorite thing about being Catholic is receiving the Eucharist. After experiencing so much acceptance, formation, and love from the St. Francis community, Brook is excited to become a fully initiated member.
Geoffrey Berrios grew up in Damascus, Maryland, and never returned after he moved to North Carolina to attend college at East Carolina University. When he is not focusing on his job in tech sales, he enjoys going to the gym and bike riding. What Geoff most loves about the Church is the community he has found here at St. Francis. He is most looking forward to meeting people in person after virtually attending so many RCIA sessions. When things open up, Geoff is hoping to become more involved in the community.
Our Community’s Neophytes – 2021
Please pray for our Neophytes, newly welcomed to the table of the Lord.
Alexandria Anderson is coming to us from the Latter Day Saints faith tradition. She is the oldest of five in a big, tight-knit, fun-loving, military family. Lexi grew up “all over” but now lives here in Raleigh, working as an analytical chemist. In her spare time, she enjoys working out and running, reading, and catching up on her favorite programs, especially crime shows! New to the area, Lexi has found our parish to be incredibly warm and welcoming. Lexi is getting married this summer and she and her fiancé, Stuart, are looking forward to raising their future children in the Catholic Church.
Jason Riddle grew up in the Baptist tradition in Weaverville, North Carolina, but never celebrated baptism. He lives here in Raleigh with his wife, Caroline, and daughter, Evelyn, who is a student at TFS. Jason works as a senior manager at Cisco Systems. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, especially playing with Evelyn. Jason says that our parish is open and welcoming, and he is very much looking forward to getting involved with the many volunteer ministries here.
David Rion grew up in North and South Carolina. Although he was never baptized, he attended Catholic schools his whole life and has been brought to the Church by Catholic friends. Dave lives in Raleigh and works in his own practice as an orthopedic surgeon. In his free time, he enjoys building and painting models, as well as tabletop gaming. He also loves dogs and has an English Mastiff and an English Bulldog. Alongside wife Christine and his three children, Dave is journeying towards baptism at Easter. He has found our community to have a welcoming atmosphere and a willingness to help newcomers grow in faith. Dave really is looking forward to becoming even closer to Jesus Christ through the Sacraments.
Christine Rion grew up in a Christian household in Indianapolis, Indiana, but was never baptized. A wife and mother here in Raleigh, she is taking a break from her career in higher education to raise her three children, Reagan, Aurora, and Logan. Christine is a self-proclaimed podcast junkie. She loves book club and tries to read or listen to at least two books each month! She also loves to craft and cook for her family. Christine and her husband David, along with their three children, will all be celebrating baptism in the Easter season. She feels that St. Francis is among the most welcoming communities she has ever experienced and can’t wait to celebrate and grow in the Catholic faith as a family.