Adult Education Programs, Speaker Events and Parish Missions

For more information about these Adult Education Programs and Speaker Series Events, contact Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Director of Adult Education, at (678) 832-1228.

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Atlanta Catholic Business Café

Friday, February 24, 2017
7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (following the 6:45 a.m. Mass)
in McNamee Hall

Guest Speaker: Cindy Nofi
Topic: How are you Staying Spiritually Relevant?

All are welcome to the Café, an optional $5 donation is suggested.

register online 

Talk Description:

As the world of work continues to evolve, staying relevant becomes much more difficult. By being relevant in business you show the world that you know what you’re doing…are you also showing the world that God is relevant in every aspect of your life? There are many tools in business to help us stay relevant in our professions, Cindy will share tools that she has learned to stay relevant in her Catholic faith.

Speaker Bio:

Cindy Nofi, Client Advisor SunTrust Private Wealth Management, SunTrust Advisory Services, Inc.

Cindy Nofi is a Client Advisor with SunTrust Private Wealth Management. She offers clients more than 15 years of comprehensive wealth management experience, with a team approach that brings together specialists in investments, financial planning, credit, and estate strategies. Cindy completed the Foundations of Investment Program through the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in September 2008 and the Professional Investment Management Program through the Wharton School in July 2010. She is a native of Ridgefield, Connecticut and is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.

Cindy is active in the community and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 2008-2015 and Catholic Charities Atlanta 2010-2013. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Mustard Tree Foundation and is on the Advisory Committee for Full Circle, a Catholic Youth at Risk Program. Cindy is also a member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council.

Cindy lives in Roswell Georgia with her husband Mark. They have been married for 30 years and have 2 boys Matt (25) and Tom (21). They are active members at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church and Worldwide Marriage Encounter (GATN).

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The Atlanta Catholic Business Café is a spiritual outreach of the Atlanta Catholic Business Conference and the Integrated Catholic Life.™ The Café includes a light breakfast and networking; a short, relevant and practical talk; followed by table discussions and Q&A. We generally meet on the last Friday of each month except December.

7:15 to 7:30 - Light Breakfast and networking
7:30 to 8:00 - Talk
8:00 to 8:15 - Table Discussion
8:15 to 8:30 - Q&A

You are invited to join us for Mass at 6:45 a.m.


The Atlanta Catholic Business Café promotes integrating faith and work. This prayerful, faith-filled gathering provides an excellent opportunity for Catholics and other Christians to connect with old and new friends in the Atlanta business community. Everyone is welcome.

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Speaker Events

We are glad to offer Major and Special Guest Speaker Events at various times during the year. These take the form of conferences, days of reflection, panel forums, parish missions, plus Faith@Work and Marriages Are Covenants events.

Our Next Event:

Special Guest Speaker: Joseph Pearce, International Speaker, Author and EWTN Host
Talk Title: "Distracting Ourselves to Death: Taking Time, Wasting Time and Getting to Heaven"
When and Where: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in McNamee Hall

All are welcome, admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.




Topic Description:

Joseph Pearce looks at the dangers of techno-addiction and asks some probing questions about modern life and its impact on our souls. Is there a difference between taking time and wasting it? Does taking time lead to heaven and wasting it lead to hell? These questions are asked and answered by Professor Pearce, with the help of lessons that St. Thomas Aquinas can teach us about the use and abuse of technology.

Speaker Bio:

A native of England, Joseph Pearce is writer in residence at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, and Director of the college’s Center for Faith and Culture ( He is editor of the St. Austin Review (, an international review of Catholic culture, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions (, and executive director of Catholic Courses (

The internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce is a world-recognized biographer of modern Christian literary figures. His books have been published and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Croatian and Polish.

Pearce has hosted two 13-part television series about Shakespeare on EWTN, and has also written and presented documentaries on EWTN on the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. He has participated and lectured at a wide variety of international and literary events at major colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Europe, Africa and South America. He is also a regular guest on national television and radio programs, and has served as consultant for film documentaries on J.R.R. Tolkien, Francis Thompson and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

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Special Guest Speaker: Father Dan Ketter
Talk Title: "Mission Impossible?"
When and Where: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in McNamee Hall

All are welcome, admission is free. Please register online...



Topic Description:

Mission Impossible? In his most famous sermon, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus utters the striking words: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt. 5:48) On reading this we are inclined to respond, "Surely Jesus does not intend this to be taken literally, does he? That would be impossible!"

A careful consideration of Jesus’ words in the light of the whole of the New Testament suggests otherwise. In his talk entitled, "Mission Impossible?", Fr. Ketter will reflect on the biblical summons to perfection directed to each disciple of Jesus Christ, its meaning and its implications for daily living. He will also propose the means by which we can begin to respond to this great mission…should we choose to accept it.

Speaker Bio:

Fr. Daniel Ketter was born in Seattle, Washington in 1969, the youngest of three children in a Roman Catholic family. After a three-year stop in upstate New York, the Ketter family arrived in Atlanta, Georgia where in 1988 Fr. Ketter graduated from Marist School.

He attended Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1992 with a degree in English and Biology. After a one-year stint teaching and coaching at a boarding school in Indiana, Fr. Ketter spent nine years in the medical industry in roles of sales, marketing and project management.

In 2002 he left his secular career to enter the Roman Catholic seminary and on May 31, 2008 was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. For four years Fr. Ketter served as a parochial vicar at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs. In 2012 Archbishop Gregory send Fr. Ketter to Washington, DC to study canon law at The Catholic University of America, a degree he completed in 2015. Since returning to the Archdiocese Fr. Ketter has been serving as a Defender of the Bond in the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese and lives at Holy Family Catholic Church in Marietta where he assists on weekends.

Faith@Work is a ministry outreach of St. Peter Chanel Adult Education and a program of The Integrated Catholic Life™.

The mission of Faith@Work is to promote a unity of life, centered in Jesus Christ and His Church, that helps Catholic men and women integrate faith and work. All are welcome.

The evenings include an opportunity for networking with other business professionals from the Atlanta area business community, followed by a practical and relevant presentation and discussion to help you live out your faith in the workplace. 

Our ministry leader is Randy Hain. Our chaplain is Deacon Mike Bickerstaff. 

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Marriages are Covenants

Our next meeting...

Saturday Evening, January 21, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In McNamee Hall at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church

Talk ♦ Table Discussion Breakouts ♦ Q&A ♦ Fellowship
Free Admission ♦ All are welcome 

($5 optional donation for refreshments)



Aquinas CenterSpecial Guest Speaker: Dr. Cory Andrew Labrecque

"Consecrated for the Other: The Married Couple as Servant of the Servants of God."

Sponsored by: The Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University


Talk Description: Cory will discuss the oft-overlooked dimension of marriage that understands the couple as being consecrated to build up the People of God, which stems from the deep mutuality that anchors the Sacrament in the first place.

This will be a highly accessible and important discussion of the dignity, blessings and responsibility that flows from the grace of the sacrament to the married couple, the family and the greater Church body.

Speaker Bio: Cory Andrew Labrecque is professor of theological ethics and the inaugural chair of leadership in teaching in bioethics at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies a the University of Laval in Quebec City, Canada.

Previously, he served as the Raymond Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Religious Thought, Director of the Master of Arts in Bioethics program, and Co-Director of Catholic Studies at Emory University.

He earned a B.Sc. in Anatomy and Cell Biology, an M.A. in Religious Studies with specialization in Bioethics, and a Ph.D. in Religious Ethics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada where he was a course lecturer in the Faculty of Religious Studies, the Institute of Parasitology, and the Department of Physiology for several years. Dr Labrecque’s research lies at the intersection of religion, medicine, biotechnology, environment, and ethics; he is particularly interested in ethical issues related to ageing and end-of-life.

For over a decade, he also served in the Roman Catholic Diocese of St-Jean-Longueuil (on the south shore of Montreal) as a pastoral agent responsible for catechesis and faith education.

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Marriages Are Covenants® is a program of The Integrated Catholic Life™ Inc and a ministry of St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church Adult Education.




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Creating a Legacy Greater than Money

In McNamee Hall at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church
11330 Woodstock Rd  |  Roswell, GA 30075

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You are invited to a short, practical program that will help you:

  • Bring Your Family Together to develop a genuine Legacy for the future of your family.
  • Avoid Family Conflict and Share Your Wishes and get agreement from the entire family on how to implement your wishes.
  • Determine who the right person would be that the entire family woule accept to be the quarterback in the event of a family emergency.
  • Relax knowing that your family is together…on the same page.

Whether you are young or old, you will learn why a legacy means so much more than money. It includes creating memories, choosing legacy items, knowing your children… and parents, preparing a love letter for your heirs, communicating your Five Wishes, considering and providing for special needs.

Bill Keen is a Certified Financial Planner in Alpharetta Georgia. For over thirty years has been helping people navigate through the difficult Legacy Issues that develop in the later years of life. His mission is to bring families together and agree to the development and implementation of a Family Legacy Plan. Bill is a Deacon for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, serving at St. Peter Chanel in Roswell, Georgia.

For more information, contact Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, 678-832-1228.

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Parish Missions

A parish mission is an opportunity for ongoing conversion – deepening one's relationship with Jesus Christ and advancing in the prayer and spiritual life – in a community setting.

Parish missions at St. Peter Chanel generally last three or four nights, are often led by clergy or religious and take place twice each year – once during the Lenten Season and once in the Fall. Our most recent mission was for Lent 2016 - Fr. Dan Lanahan OFM presented "Living the Joy of the Gospel in the Jubilee Year of Mercy."

Parish Mission for Fall 2016:

Mission Priest:
Time & Place:

Fr. Tim Hepburn
October 24-26, 2016
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Main Church

Parish Mission for Lent 2017:

Mission Priest:
Time & Place:

Fr. James DiLuzio, CSP
March 20-22, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Main Church
Following the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the Main Church

Parish Mission for Lent 2018:

Mission Priest:
Time & Place:

Fr. John E Collins, CSP
March 12-14, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Main Church
Following the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the Main Church


Check back for more information about this mission.


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For more information about these Adult Education Programs and Speaker Events, contact Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Director of Adult Education, at (678) 832-1228.