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!  Put your faith into action!

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

We have sub groups 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

Class Matters Workshop: 

How Economic Class Affects Everyday Living


Saturday, November, 4

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ministry Center

$10 suggested donation for lunch

How does poverty shape decision-making?
What can you do to help? 

RSVP required online here

The PFI Ministry and St. Gabriel Adult Education Dept. will sponsor the day long program, "Class Matters – How economic class affects everyday living".
Dr. Paul Hanneman, recently retired program director of Charlotte's Urban Ministry Center and certified Bridges Out Of Poverty trainer, will teach us about poverty and give us the tools we need to better serve the community. 
The workshop is an introduction to the full Bridges Out of Poverty national training program and will offer deep insight into the world of people living in poverty. Through the interactive workshop, we will discuss how the survival-based orientation of those living in poverty impacts learning, work, and decision-making and how it differs from those in the middle class. We will also learn the hidden rules of economic class and discover how we can help people in poverty move toward economic stability.
Dr. Hanneman, an ordained minister with the American Baptist Churches USA, has a doctorate in spiritual direction and served four urban congregations during 25 years of pastoral ministry before joining the Urban Ministry Center's staff in 2000. He retired from the Center in April. Over the last 10 years, he has introduced more than 17,000 people from churches, social service organizations, government agencies and educational institutions to Bridges Out of Poverty. He has also developed educational materials on homelessness and the work to end chronic homelessness in Charlotte.



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. 

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. 

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