Time is the forum in which talents can be shared and enriched.  Volunteering from the beginning of your life in the church and in the world engages all of us on this lifelong journey and will bear fruits beyond our wildest imagining.

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


Alzheimer’s Dementia Caregivers – Carol Gault – 919-239-4620 or  Linda Tucker 919-900-8280
Reaching out to both, those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other related dementia, and to their caregivers.
Providing information on local resources and offering a safe place to share common experiences.


Assisi Cafe Volunteers – Ashley Watson – 919-847-8205x444
Volunteer to work in the Assisi Café during weekdays mornings, Sundays after mass, and Saturday concessions.


Blood Drive – Bryan Kozak  910-728-9200
Knights of Columbus and American Red Cross bi-annual Blood Drives.


Brown Bag Ministry – Nanette Kirsch or Tricia Downs
Prepares and distributes brown bag lunches on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month to a low-income senior apartment complex in Durham. The ministry allows all ages in a family to participate. Families pack lunches together, experience brief communal prayer, and have face-to-face contact with people in need.


Catholic Parish Outreach – 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.


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 – Carol Derrenbacher – 919-696-6096
Consider sharing your time with others. Make the commitment to volunteer with our Caregivers Ministry. Drive someone to a doctor’s appointment or sit with someone while their primary caregiver takes a break. Volunteer according to your schedule.


Caregivers 402 Line – 919-534-4843 voice mail only
This line is used to pre-schedule rides to doctor’s appointment or to the grocery store.


Caring Casseroles – Donna Mariani – 919-326-3768 or DonnaM@nc.rr.com
Volunteers bring 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.


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.


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.


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.


Curbside Care –  Ian Feeley – ian.feeley@gmail.com
Collects items and provides care packages for distribution among the poor


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


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


Emmaus Ministers – Tresa Pickup – 919-847-8205 x249
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.


Eucharistic Ministers – Mary Lacy Simmons
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 Abbotswood – Gerry and Karen Collins – 919-846-6789

EM to the Homebound 
– Pat Spencer – 704-608-1678

EM to Magnolia Glenn – Erica Schaab Emerson 919-617-7765

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

EM to Rex Hospital – Edward Gilmartin – edward.gilmartin@gmail.com

EM to Springmoor – Janice Horner 484-949-1417


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 – 919-847-8205x241
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.


Food Drives – Becky Cawley – 919-847-8205x267 or becky.cawley@stfrancisraleigh.org
Every year we host 2 food drives to stock the food pantry for Our Lady of the Rosary parish in rural North Carolina.


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.


Gabriel Project – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270
Offers emotional and practical support to women with unexpected pregnancies.


Good Grief – Bereavement Support – Kathleen Owen – 919-847-8204×241
A 7 week program for those experiencing loss of a loved one


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


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 http://www.stfrancisraleigh.com/job-connections/
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.


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 919-859-4889

Medical Facility Visitation – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205 x241
Provides friendly visits to parishioners in area hospitals and care facilities.


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 – The cornerstone of the ministry is the monthly breakfast meetings that provide a frequent way for men to come together in prayer and fellowship. The Men’s Ministry provides a safe haven for men to meet other Christian men for friendship, advice, the sharing of our journey through life, and a smooth transition for involvement in other activities with the St. Francis Community.


Migrant Ministry – Bruce Cartier – 919-855-9909, bcartier7@gmail.com
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 – sgrunder.ruiz@gmail.com (or) Krystal Beaumont – kbeaumont417@gmail.com
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.


Oak City Outreach Center
Prepares a meal regularly for individuals experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity in downtown Raleigh.


Passage Home – Peg Cavender 919-985-5950
Offers opportunities to build relationships with people living in low-income neighborhoods in Raleigh.


Panera Pickup Ministry – Becky Cawley 919-847-8205x267 or becky.cawley@stfrancisraleigh.org
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 tot he Morehead Hills Senior Apartments complex in Durham.
(Click here) – to sign up to help, or go to: bit.ly/panerapickup2017
We are also looking for a ministry leader for this ministry.


Parking Ministry – Steve Burdett – 919-845-2714
Welcome all vehicular participants to and from St. Francis property and ensure safe passage to and from their vehicles.


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 – Susan Stamey
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.


Prison Pen Pal – Trevor Thompson – 919-847-8205x270
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 – projectrachel@nc.rr.com – 919-852-1021
A Catholic community program that aims to provide hope and healing after abortion.


Racial Awareness and Religious Exchange (RARE) – Tom Zimmerman at 870-1379
Promotes interracial and interfaith dialogue and understanding through prayer and discussion with members of Baptist Grove Church.


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.


Ronald McDonald House – Julie and Jason Huckaby – 919-624-5065
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.


SFA AAMEN Ministry – Leon Cooke – 919-740-7515
The African Ancestry Ministry and Evangelization Network provides support and ministry for our African-American and African-descent parishioners and communities.


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.


Special Needs – Kathleen Owen at 919-847-8205x241
Reaches out to parents/caregivers of special needs children and adults, offering support and encouragement for the journey.


St Francis Builds – 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 – Donna Mariani – 919-326-3768
Prepares a meal regularly for individuals experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity in downtown Raleigh.


St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia – John Budway – 305-205-5104
St. Francis Inn is a Franciscan Eucharistic community called to minister to the poor and homeless of Philadelphia. Delegations of six to eight parishioners from our parish travel to Philadelphia a few times each year to participate in this community. Delegates serve at the Inn from Monday through Friday, typically departing from Raleigh on a Sunday and returning the following Saturday


St. Vincent de Paul Ministers – Cathy Smith 419-348-8843
Caregivers that provides compassionate care and assistance to individuals experiencing a financial emergency.


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.


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


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.


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


Weekday Volunteer Receptionists – Tresa Pickup – 919-847-8205x249
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.