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Announcing the New PPC Members

Frances Harris, Ruth Phillips, Mark Szczesiul and Marian Yap will join the Parish Pastoral Council, beginning their term in July.

At Wednesday evening's Parish Information Session, Father Robert announced the newly elected and appointed PPC members. As a result of last weekend's election, Frances Harris and Mark Szczesiul won the popular votes for the two elected seat. Due to additional vacancies in the PPC, Father Robert appointed two additional seat to Ruth Phillips and Marian Yap. The new members will start their PPC term in July. Thank you to all those who voted!

View the bios of the new members below: 

   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.

  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.


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.

 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.