LETTER FROM FR. STEVE PATTI, OUR CURRENT PASTOR
To all the people of St. Francis,
I have great news to share – a new pastor has been appointed for St. Francis. He is Msgr. Michael Clay, a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh who for the past eight years has been teaching at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His official start date here will be September 1, 2020. He will also have an associate who will be named at a later date.
We friars will continue to serve here up until the time of transition. Fr. Jim Sabak, who as you know currently works for the diocese as part-time Director of Worship, will become full-time Director of Worship at the diocese as of September 1st, and after that date Jim will continue to reside somewhere within the diocese. Fr. Steve Kluge and I expect to hear news on new assignments sometime within the next few months.
Msgr. Clay and I have spoken on the phone and he is excited about becoming pastor here. He is a great choice for St. Francis – he is familiar with the parish, understands the kind of parish we are, and is looking forward to meeting the people. Thanks to everyone for your prayers and support during this transition process.
Peace and all good!
Fr. Steve Patti OFM
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
11401 Leesville Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27613
FATHER JAIRO MALDONADO
Fr. Jairo (high-row) Alberto Maldonado-Pacheco is a native of Colombia, South America. He was born in Ábrego, in the state of North of Santander, in 1989. He is the second child of Daniel Maldonado-Ortíz and Roquelina Pacheco-Jiménez. He has three siblings: Elizabeth, Mairena, and Juan Camilo who is the youngest. His home parish in Colombia is “Divino Niño.” He attended Colegio Carlos Julio Torrado Peñaranda High School and studied philosophy at Fundación Universitaria Cervantes-San Agustín while discerning a religious vocation with the Augustinian friars. He came to the United States in 2013 to study English as a Second Language (ESL). In 2014 he joined the Diocese of Raleigh and attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood PA, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (2016), the Master of Divinity (2019) and the Master of Arts in Theology (2020). He was ordained to the Priesthood on June 6, 2020. His home parish in the diocese is St. Therese in Wilson. He will begin his service as parochial vicar at St. Francis of Assisi on September 1.