Sacred Spaces: Five Places of Worship in Charlotte
Congregations of all faiths across Charlotte have one thing in common: neighbors helping neighbors. See what faith in action looks like for each of these communities
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Place of Worship: St. Peter’s Catholic Church
Founded in 1851, St. Peter’s is the oldest Catholic church in Charlotte, but the parish considers 1986 its year of “rebirth” after its staffing by the Society of Jesus, or Jesuit, order. A tenet of the Jesuits, Martha Schmitt explains, is a commitment to one’s community. Schmitt leads St. Peter’s Refugee Resettlement Ministry, part of Catholic Charities and one of the uptown congregation’s many ministry programs. Through mentorship, housing assistance, community orientation, and more, “We’re acting as their neighbor,” she says. “(Refugees) come to this country, and they really don’t know anyone. We’re there to help them feel more comfortable in their new home.” —E.W.