Parish History

Saint Bernadette was founded in 1987 as a mission to serve primarily the migrant workers who come to southwest Wake County each summer to work in the agricultural industry. The first Masses were held in Trinity Episcopal Church under the leadership of Father Albert Todd. Since that time, our parish has grown along with the area and today boasts 2,800 families, drawn from both the original migrant population and a multi-cultural community who today call Saint Bernadette their parish home. Father Fernando Torres, our pastor, was appointed in 2010.

You can read our whole history in our parish 30th anniversary booklet.

Parish Boundaries

Saint Bernadette serves southwestern Wake County as a territorial Catholic parish, including Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, and the surrounding area. We welcome you to join us!

Advisory Boards

* Finance Council – This group oversees and analyzes the budget and provides guidance to the pastor on the financial aspects of operations and planning for the parish. The council meets at 6pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Family Learning Center.

Pastoral Council – The council is made up of parishioners who study and reflect on matters essential to the parish’s mission, activities, and programs and who, after reaching conclusions, advise the pastor on these issues. The pastor draws on the wisdom of the Pastoral Council to assist him in decision-making and planning for the future of the parish.  The council meets at 7pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Family Learning Center.

Parish Council Members:

Father Fernando Torres(Pastor)
Charlie Bernard
Larry Bindseil
John Byrne
Ernie Carpico
Chris Craney
Ron Dahulich
Jeanne Driver
Chris Fillio
Jesus Nino
Andrea Olevano
Lorraine Romiti
Mark Stuckey