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Parish Pastoral Council Candidates

The Parish Pactoral Council’s Bylaws were recently changed to call for a parish-wide election of up to three members of the PPC each year. We are pleased to announce that five parishioners have responded to that call by submitting applications for a term beginning in July 2017. Members of the PPC work closely with the Pastor to advise and confer on matters regarding the Parish. Parishioners will have the opportunity to elect two PPC members at an election held the weekend of May 20/21. If you plan to be away that weekend, you may request a ballot ahead of this date by contacting the Parish Office at 919-544-7135 or Get to know the PPC candidates:

   Frances Harris

Frances and her husband Bill have been members at Holy Infant since 2015. They live in Hillsborough NC and have two grown sons that live out of state with their families. Frances is a retired Executive Director of a social service nonprofit active in social issues and is a former Marine Corps officer. Frances is deeply involved in Salesian spirituality and she currently leads the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales group at Holy Infant. She is also an Altar Bread Baker, and in the Hillsborough community, she serves as Secretary of the Garden Club and Vice President of the Tree Board, and volunteers at the local food pantry.  

Frances believes that the laity should be involved in their parish and active in church life, and that they should be invited and given opportunities to do so. She thinks that Holy Infant keeps parish members well informed of activities that occur. She recognizes that building a new church will take a lot of energy and that it will be important to balance this with maintaining the outreach activities and faith development of the parish.

 Collin McKinney

Collin and his wife Marian Yap joined Holy Infant in 2015 and were married by Fr. Robert. He is an electrical engineer and director of an instrumentation facility at UNC, and he owns a small engineering company. Collin has served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and as a Leader of a small study group.

Collin considers it the Parish Council’s role to serve the Parish community, as commissioned by Christ. He sees Holy Infant as a welcoming, vibrant and diverse community that can grow even stronger as members take advantage of opportunities to build relationships with each other and to learn and study the faith.

Ruth Phillips 2 Ruth Phillips

Ruth joined Holy Infant four years ago, moving to Cary to be closer to her grandchildren. She worked for many years in visual merchandising. She is currently involved in P.E.O., an organization that supports projects involving the education of women where she has served as Chaplain, recording secretary, and other roles.

 Ruth has found Holy Infant to be a parish of sincere, loving, prayer-filled people in a friendly atmosphere. She would like to see more involvement by parishioners in programs available to them. She believes that through involvement in the parish, we strengthen our relationships with each other and develop a stronger relationship with God.

  Mark Szczesiul

 Mark joined Holy Infant in 2008 through the Landings Program. He continues to serve in this ministry as well as a number of other ministries including Sacristan, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Group Leader for Little Rock Scripture Series, Altar Bread Baker and Volunteer for the “We Remember You” Capital Campaign. Mark has worked on many development teams throughout his career in the pharmaceutical research industry, demonstrating communication, organization and leadership skills.

 Mark views Holy Infant’s strengths as its hospitality and service to the greater Durham community through its many outreach programs. He indicates that the building of a new church building will have to be met with the building of a new parish community to carry out this work.

 Marian Yap

Marian was raised in the Catholic Church in the Philippines. She married her husband Collin McKinney at Holy Infant. She is employed in the health care industry working with physicians and serving patients. She has served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.

 Marian would like to see parishioners become more involved in Holy Infant activities as well as activities around the diocese. She thinks that the Holy Infant Connector, the weekly email newsletter, is a step in the right direction.