Pope Francis Initiative Ministry

Social Issues in the Footsteps of Pope Francis

Do current social issues capture your attention?  Are you inspired by our Holy Father’s vision for the Church in our world?  Is the Holy Spirit prompting you to learn a little more…or do a little more about the social challenges of our times?

The "Pope Francis Initiative (PFI) Ministry" provides a forum in our parish and community for education, dialogue, and potentially action on current social issues within the context of Pope Francis’ teachings, guidance, and leadership.  

Join us!

This new ministry welcomes your participation!   Want to know more?  Please contact ministry leader Chris Brown at chrisbrown5618@gmail.com.

Race and Poverty in Charlotte:  How Do We Make a Difference?

Our June 28 meeting featured Alvaro Gurdian, one of the co-authors of the recent Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Report, who shared compelling information about the history and findings of the report and how organizations like St. Gabriel can make a difference.  The Task Force was formed after Charlotte was ranked 50th out of 50 U.S. cities for economic mobility.  It studied poverty and its negative impact on Charlotte’s children and youth and was charged with “devising a path forward”.   St. Gabriel hopes to be part of the solution. 

The Task Force report can be found at www.leadingonopportunity.org
Contact PFI Ministry Leader Chris Brown at chrisbrown5618@gmail.com for more information. 

Next PFI Meeting:  August 23

Want to put your faith into action?  Learn how you can live the Gospel and serve others with compassion at the next PFI Meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, August 23, at 6:30 pm in the church Fellowship Hall. 
Join a “team” that is focused on:
  • Literacy in Early Education
  • Legislative Policy/Advocacy
  • Hispanic-Anglo Community Coordinator & Support
  • Social Capital/Mentoring
  • Expanding opportunities in Catholic education for underprivileged families
  • Program Planning for St. Gabriel parishioners

PFI:  Significant Contributions by our Parish

In recent years, our parish has made several significant “Pope Francis Initiative” monetary contributions to address human trafficking, poverty, and refugee needs.   Learn more here. 



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