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.

We have sub groups focused on:

  • Affordable housing
  • Literacy in early education  
  • Legislative policy/advocacy
  • Hispanic-Anglo community support
  • Social Capital/Mentoring

The Cochrane Collegiate (Social capital/Mentoring) team continues to make progress on their planning for next fall. They are actively looking for mentors!  See below for information on the upcoming Communities in School mentor/coach training.

-The Parish's environmental team continues to gather data on the potential of making our campus more environmentally friendly through Solar Power.



Early Education in Literacy and Math at at-risk schools program
September 6, 11;30 - 1:00 in the Ministry Center

Representatives from the Augustine Literacy Project, Heart Math Tutoring and Tutor Charlotte will share information about their early literacy and math tutoring organizations.  These agencies have a proven track record of helping children in at-risk elementary schools succeed and are training volunteers for the new school year.  RSVP to Annette Dreyer 

Communities in School Success Coach Training 
September 25, 5:30 - 8:30 in the Ministry Center

Representatives from CIS (Communities in School) will provide a training for volunteers who want to mentor at our partner school, Cochrane Collegiate Academy (or another under-resourced school).  Coaches will meet with students every week (or every other week) at an established time during the school day.  Coaches will help with goal setting and decision making and build a relationship with the student that fosters growth and self-confidence.  Anyone who is considering mentoring students in an under-resourced school is welcome to attend.  Find details and registration information here. 

Contact cochranepartnership@gmail.com with questions.  






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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