Fr. Martin Schratz, OFM Cap.


What do you do at Immaculate Conception?

As pastor of Immaculate Conception, my main role is that of leading God’s people on their spiritual journeys. As pastor you become a leader of prayer, a healer in the sacraments, a preacher, a teacher, a consoler, and the list goes on. Each person that comes to me brings a different need. To get more specific would take pages. Leader and teacher as a man of prayer become the basis of my role as pastor.


When did you decide to become a Capuchin Friar?

When I was in 5th grade a Capuchin friar, Fr. Carl, came to our school for a vocation day. That day I knew I wanted to follow his way of life. I entered religious life just five days after graduating from high school. Don't regret a minute of it.

Tell us something about yourself we don’t know.

My BA is in education and I taught grade school for a number of years when I was a Brother of Charity. Until recently I was an avid NASCAR fan attending all the races in Charlotte and saying Mass before most of them at the track. I take care of the web site for our Province of the Sacred Stigmata and our parish, and keep the Facebook for both of these up today.


Fr. Praveen Kumar Turaka, OFM Cap.

Parochial Vicar

What you do at Immaculate Conception?

I celebrate masses (weekends and weekdays), visit the sick and home bound, celebrate the sacraments and help out as needed.


When did you decide to become a Capuchin?

When growing up I always saw priests and religious and they planted the vocation seed.  I entered the Capuchins after 12th grade and was invested in the Capuchin habit in 2006 and ordained a priest in 2014.


Tell us something that we don't know about you.  

I am from Andhrapradesh, India, the eldest of two brothers. I enjoy reading, gardening and singing.  I am looking forward to experience the non Indian cultures of this parish.


Fr. Roberto Perez, OFM Cap.

Parochial Vicar

What do you do at Immaculate Conception?

I try, as best I can, to split my time between the English speaking and the Spanish speaking communities in our parish.


When did I decide to became a Capuchin Friar?

I felt the call to the priesthood when I was six years old.  I joined the Capuchin Friars in 2001.


Tell us something about you that we do not know.

I was a shepherd.  I would love to be a missionary in Haiti.  I enjoy reading, gardening, and hiking.

Deacon Mark Nash

Permanent Deacon

I am assigned to Immaculate Conception where I serve as a Permanent Deacon. I am also the western regional head of Catholic Charities of Charlotte with an office in Asheville.


How did you decide to become a Deacon?

I first became aware of God’s desire for me to serve as a deacon in about 1996. I was active in a parish in Dallas, Texas and worked closely with the deacon in adult faith formation. It was later that year that I asked my wife to support me and journey with me in the path to ordination. I was ordained for the Diocese of Charlotte on June 23, 2001.


Tell us something about you that we don't know.

There are probably many things that the parishioners of ICC don’t know about me. Here are just a few:
I met my wife on our first day on the job as teachers in Key West, Fl.
I love to scuba dive and am terrified of heights.
I own approximately 50 Tommy Bahama floral shirts.
My favorite food of all times is Mel’s Hot Dogs on Busch Blvd. in Tampa, Fl where I attended college at the University of South Florida.