Team Durham

Immaculate Conception Church is a Roman Catholic community located in downtown Durham, North Carolina, and led by Franciscan friars. We are a multicultural and stewardship church called, blessed and sent to proclaim the Word of Jesus Christ through the liturgy and sacramental life, faith formation, parish school, pastoral care, and living Catholic teachings. Convinced that everything is a gift from God, some of these most precious gifts are the relationships we form with one another.

We aspire to be servant-leaders within our community. We are committed to living the values ​​of Catholic social teaching, to being guardians of our parish, and to responding to issues that affect our parishioners, our community, and the world. A total of 55% of our parishioners are immigrants to the United States .

What do we do?

Our mission is to engage and encourage our Immaculate Conception parishioners to live just, healthy, compassionate, and peaceful lives, manifesting the kingdom of God in our parish, our community, and the world. We do this taking into account the experiences of the signs of the times, through dialogue and community organization that respond to social and individual needs, always in line with the fact that human beings are created in the image and likeness of God.

What we offer?

  • Advocacy for the rights of immigrants: housing, education, work.

  • Immigration service campaigns DACA, TPS etc.

  • English classes

  • Leadership training for youth and adults

  • Health fairs, workshops, COVID-19 vaccination

  • Mental health support group for parents and children

  • Collaboration with congregations, social service agencies and community groups.

  • prayer service

  • Food distribution for vulnerable families: community garden

  • furniture distribution

  • Support for homeless families

  • Directed funds to support families with their immediate needs

  • Solidarity with immigrants and multicultural sensitivity

  • Green initiatives, care of creation

  • Financial literacy classes

  • LGBTQ community

  • Inmate service

How you can partner with us and and join our cause

  • Advocate for immigrant rights
  • Help immigrants connect with their countries of origin

Durham, North Carolina, United States


Katushka Olave
Pastoral Care Associate