About Our Parish

Our foundation, mission and vision

Our Foundation  

Holy Cross Catholic Church was founded by the Jesuits in 1939 to serve the African American Catholic Community of Durham, N.C., in collaboration with the Diocese of Raleigh. In September 2014, the Franciscan Friars Conventual from Our Lady of the Angels Province in Maryland assumed responsibilities of pastoral leadership for the parish. The Minister Provincial Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv., assigned Fr. Andrew Santamauro, OFM Conv., as the first Franciscan pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Durham. He served as pastor through July 2018. In August 2018, Fr. Bart A. Karwacki, OFM Conv., also from the Our Lady of the Angels Province, joined the parish as pastor. 

Read about the Conventional Franciscans at The Franciscan Order Conventual website. Holy Cross is in relationship with two other parishes in the area served by the Franciscan Order Conventual friars: the Newman centers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mission Statement 

We are historically African American, culturally diverse community that welcomes all people to membership and participation in our liturgies, ministries, parish life and leadership. We gather to worship our Lord Jesus Christ in joy and are committed to addressing the needs of the Durham community and the people of God through direct service and promotion of social justice. We proclaim the Gospel by our lives: evangelizing, educating our youth and practicing a spirituality that finds God in all things. 

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be a Catholic community of faith, characterized by praise, reverence and service to God our Lord. We strive to be actively engaged in our mission, church and community in collaboration with others, enabling us to be "a fire that kindles other fires."

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