Pastoral Council

Connecting across all parish ministries, groups and other stewardship initiatives.

The Pastoral Council is part of the organizational structure at Holy Cross (Click here to view Holy Cross Organizational Chart. You may need to refresh your screen to view the document). It serves as a conduit of information between the various ministries and groups within the parish and the pastor of the parish. The council aims to encourage and support good stewardship principles among parishioners through active involvement in the parish's many ministries and groups. 

The Pastoral Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7:15 PM. Parishioners are welcome to attend, and to communicate with members of the council personally or by submitting remarks to the Pastoral Council Comments Box located in the church's gathering space. Click here - 2020 Pastoral Council members here to view a poster of the members. You may need to refresh your screen to view the document. 

Minutes of the Pastoral Council will be posted in the sidebar of this page, so that the parish community can be informed. 

Pastoral Council Members

  • Ron Patterson, Chair
  • Leslie Tobin Vice Chair
  • James Siewert, Recorder 
  • Juyne Clements, Member
  • Quincy Purvis, Member
  • Joe Spina, Member
  • Ogo Udemadu, Member
  • Deacon Phil Rzewnicki, Ex Officio Member
  • Nadine Goodwin-Blake, Finance Chair, Ex Officio Member

Holy Cross Pastoral Council expectations

  • Enthusiasm about the future direction of the parish.
  • Commit to attend regularly scheduled 60- to 90-minute meetings on the second Tuesdays of the month and any called special meeting with a three-day notice.   
  • Willingness to attend a Pastoral Council half-day retreat and orientation/training.
  • Willingness to listen, to speak respectfully and honestly, and to work through discernment to reach a consensus.
  • Ability to work well with others, to be flexible, and to be open with people and and their ideas.
  • Ability to articulate Pastoral Council actions and goals to parishioners.
  • Ability to inspire and empower others.

Holy Cross Mission Statement

Holy Cross Church was founded by the Society of Jesus to serve the African American Catholics of Durham. We are a people baptized in Christ. We gather to worship the Lord in joy, to proclaim the Gospel, and to serve the Durham community, as well as, the needs of the whole people of God. Our special character as an African American parish continues to shape our worship, our ministries, and our contribution to the wider church.


Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes 2020

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