These webpages have been created to  provide you with a one stop resource for all the news and events relating to our transition in light of the Holy Name Province announcement of the withdrawal of the Franciscan Friars from The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi.

We want to keep you in the loop on all aspects of the transition and invite you to submit any comments to transitions@stfrancisraleigh.org.

 “Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” 
― St. Francis Of Assisi

 

HOLD THE DATE: 

Farewell Weekend

June 6 & June 7, 2020

Prayer During the Time of Transition
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Community
Raleigh, North Carolina
 
Loving God, Alpha and Omega,
you are both beginning and end.
Our endings and our beginnings are rooted in your love.
Whether near or far, we are held close by your love,
and kept safe from any lasting loss.
 
Through all the years of our lives
your love protects and guides us.
Your Spirit calls us to service
in the name of Jesus Christ.
 
We praise you for the gift of the Franciscans of Holy Name Province,
who have served the Catholic Community of Saint Francis of Assisi,
for their faithful witness, their proclamation of your Word,
and the pastoral care and leadership
they have offered to our community of faith.
 
As their ministerial service concludes,
let this ending be filled with your blessing.
Touch all the faithful of this parish
with your grace and your peace.
Help us to live with courage and gladness
in the future you present us.
In every time and place,
may we offer you our highest and our best,
that we may remember the love of Christ
which unites all of us in your service.
 
We ask all this through your Son, Jesus Christ,
our life and our hope,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

January 6, 2020

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Our Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi strives to imitate Christ in the ways that Francis did during his life. Francis of Assisi earned his bold reputation by faithfully accepting God’s invitation to know God more deeply. Francis looked to the scriptures and imitated the Jesus he found there: preacher, prophet, healer, defender, peacemaker, friend. For 33 years, the Friars of Holy Name Province have lived their witness among us, that we might be more courageous and fully accept God’s invitation to draw close. 

As we continue processing the news of the withdrawal of Holy Name Province, God offers us a new invitation: let us faithfully and courageously enter a moment of calm to gather our feelings, hopes, and desires. We, as a parish community, commit to work in a collaborative and comprehensive way moving forward. Our parish leadership councils, our senior staff leadership, along with our Franciscan Friars and our Bishop will create opportunities to listen and gather feedback from all of our parish families.

During the coming weeks we will develop our transition plans in collaboration with the parish community, HNP, and Diocesan leadership. While we continue to work on the transition process, you are welcome to express your thoughts to Tricia Henry, Patrick Curran, any parish leadership council member, or any parish staff director

Our goal is to work with our Diocesan leaders to channel our voices to express both our feelings in this time of transition and also our dedication to our mission and the strong Franciscan charism of our Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi.

Our direct email address is Transitions@stfrancisraleigh.org 

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