Nourishing the Body of Christ by nurturing one another through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The “family” of St. Peter Chanel began in the spring of 1998, when Archbishop John F. Donoghue asked Fr. Frank McNamee to become the administrator of the newly announced mission formed from St. Ann’s in Marietta. It was to be named after the Marist martyr, St. Peter Chanel, as an expression of gratitude to the Marist Order for their service here in the archdiocese. And it was decided to be located in Roswell, Georgia.
The search began for a Rectory, which in the beginning would serve not only as a residence, but also the parish office and a place to celebrate week-day Mass. In September 1998, Fr. Frank began celebrating Mass four days a week. Plans began to renovate the lower level into a day chapel and a staff office, which was completed in May 1999.
In November, 1998, as attendance grew, the cafeteria at Roswell North Elementary School became the next home for St. Peter Chanel. We celebrated our first Sunday Mass there on the First Sunday of Advent, 1998. At the same time, construction was underway for Queen of Angels School, the first building on the Archdiocese property on Woodstock Road, which subsequently opened in August 1999. St. Peter Chanel began to celebrate weekend Masses in the school’s gymnasium in September, and our first year of religious education classes, including PSR, Adult Education, and RCIA were underway.
With the blessing of the Archdiocese, a building committee was formed in mid-1999 to plan a permanent home for the community of St. Peter Chanel to be built on the same campus as Queen of Angels School and the future Blessed Trinity High School. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Fr. Frank McNamee, Deacon Martin Lampe, and the entire committee, the firm of Preston Phillips was selected as architects, and the construction contract was awarded to Dudley Barrett Construction Company. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 5, 2000, with Archbishop Donoghue presiding. Construction of the temporary sanctuary, administrative offices and classroom wing began in the fall of 2000.
Elevated to Parish and Our First Pastor
In his Decree of Establishment, Archbishop Donoghue elevated St. Peter Chanel to parish status effective September 24, 2000. On January 6, 2001, the Archbishop celebrated the installation Mass of Fr. Frank McNamee as the first Pastor of St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church. In appreciation of the tremendous support of the Archbishop and the Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Parish Council and Fr. Frank presented Archbishop Donoghue with a framed rendering of the new facility, and pronounced it the Archbishop Donoghue Pastoral Center. The Archbishop Donoghue Pastoral Center was completed in early September of 2001. On December 1, 2001, Archbishop Donoghue celebrated the Dedication Mass and instituted Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.
New Pastor and Permanent Church
The construction of our main church was completed in 2008 and our first Mass was celebrated on August 15, 2008, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The parish church was dedicated on November 29, 2008. November 29th will now become for us the Solemnity of the Dedication of St. Peter Chanel, Roswell.
In January, 2009, Fr. Peter Rau, appointed by Archbishop Gregory, arrived as the second Pastor of St. Peter Chanel.
St. Peter Chanel continues to grow from the original 6 families to over 3000 families as of the Spring of 2016.
What you find at SPC is a very alive, spirit-filled young parish. We have such a mix from our young families to our friends at the retirement community of St. George Village.
St. Peter Chanel prides itself on Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. From that we have over 60 ministries that you can be a part of. Building a strong community is based on a strong spiritual life in our parish. We try to do this through the grace of the Sacraments, our own personal prayer, good works of Charity and education.
Our goal is to make you feel part of the Body of Christ here in Roswell so that you too may become better witnesses to your true call to lead and live a holy life, and to follow the example of our Patron, St. Peter Chanel... may he pray for us.