Adult Formation 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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Surviving Divorce

For Men and Women Seeking Hope and Healing Following Divorce

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Facilitators: Stephanie Holden and Jack Dudley

Divorced? The twelve-week Surviving Divorce program begins on __________ from 7 to 9 P.M. in classroom 6/7. The cost of the program for participants is simply your commitment to participate in the entire series and includes the Surviving Divorce Personal Guide and all program materials. Find comfort and counsel consistent with Catholic Church teachings. Online Advance Registration Required (below) or call Deacon Mike Bickerstaff at 678-832-1228.

Is anyone in your family divorced? Please give them a copy of this bulletin or invite them to the twelve-week Surviving Divorce program.

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church is pleased to announce that we are again offering this highly-effective program that will bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. Surviving Divorce features twelve video presentations that cover topics such as shock and grief, anger and forgiveness, money issues, dealing with children and a former spouse, and annulment and remarriage.

This program is for the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later. It will help them find answers to their questions, restore their hope, and begin authentic healing.

Surviving Divorce will help you:

  • Work through the emotional upheaval of separation and divorce.
  • Find personal healing and hope.
  • Discover a deeper understanding of God’s love for you.
  • Gain wisdom and comfort from experts and others who share your experiences.
  • Navigate new concerns like custody, court hearings, and finances.


Contact Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, (678) 832-1228, or register online.

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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, mini-retreats, panel forums, parish missions, plus Faith@Work and Marriages Are Covenants events.

Msgr. Peter invites you to:


An Evening of Easter Risen Power and Glory

At St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church

With Catholic Priest and Nashville Recording Artist

Father Mike Joly

Monday, April 16, 2018 – 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the main Church

All Are Welcome – No Registration

“Two Wills, Mine and God’s, A Contest of Strength”

A Mini-Retreat Evening and New CD Release


St. Peter Chanel parish is overjoyed to welcome Fr. Mike Joly to lead a dynamic evening of Easter risen power and glory in our lives.


Fr. Mike has been totally blind since age six. His Christian Witness and message will inspire you to a deeper relationship with the Lord.


A singer/song writer, a dynamic motivational speaker, and retreat director, Father Mike is bringing us his newest Nashville record, “Contest of Strength.” 

Everyone from middle school through the most senior among us will receive great things. Father Mike’s music can be heard at


Father Mike Joly is a Roman Catholic priest celebrating twenty-four years in the priesthood this year. Having attended Providence College and Rhode Island College, he secured a B.S. in Human Resources Management.  He obtained his B.S. in Sacred Theology and Masters of Divinity degrees from St. Mary Seminary and University in Baltimore. 

Ordained in November of 1994, he has served as Parochial Vicar in three parishes, while also spending much time in adult and youth retreat formation.  Fr. Mike has directed an archdiocesan retreat center and served as a priest campus minister at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

He is a Catholic recording artist, singer and song writer. In recent years, the Lord has permitted the production of two contemporary Christian music records.  

Currently, he enjoys serving as pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Yorktown, Virginia and loves teaching, preaching, singing, witnessing Christ's movement in others and having a great time in the Kingdom of God.   

Father Mike sees the world by travelling through it and experiencing it accompanied by his Lord.  He has served as spiritual director on many pilgrimages  and missions.  “Pure grace permitted me to concelebrate Holy Mass with St. John Paul II in his private chapel and to also receive an embrace by His Holiness, Pope Francis.”  Highlights of Father Mike’s pilgrimage experiences are the Holy Land (Israel), India, Camino de Santiago (Spain), Oberammergau, Fatima, Medjugorje, Rome, and ongoing mission work in Ecuador. 


Totally blind since age six, he nonetheless strives to use his talents and time to celebrate God’s goodness in his own life.  He welcomes opportunities to share what motivates his life and how to approach obstacles. Finding meaning, purpose, and direction in his own vocation, Fr. Mike works to communicate how universally available this is in everyone's life.


Contact Deacon Mike Bickerstaff at 678-832-1228 if you have any questions.

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Marriages are Covenants





Our next MAC Night is April 14. Check back for news.

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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.

Parish Mission for Lent 2018: "Is it Time to Give God a Second Thought?"

Mission Priest:
Time & Place:

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






Monday: What Good is God?
Tuesday: Why Prayers Don't Work
Wednesday: Ten Kinds of People We Don't Have To Love

This Mission is a unique and timely opportunity to revisit our roots and evaluate our relationship with God and each other. This Mission is also unique due to the fact that it is being conducted by Paulist Father John Collins whose approach is humorous, down to earth and a joy to behold. Father John will be preaching at all of the Masses the weekend prior to the 3 day Mission so you can evaluate first hand how enjoyable this Mission promises to be. Don’t hesitate to bring a friend who might have wandered away from the Church. This might be the golden opportunity that person has needed to find peace and a way home. There is no need to sign up ahead of time, just mark the dates on your calendar and prepare for a positive, uplifting series of sessions.

About Our Mission Priest:

A native of New York City, Paulist Father John E. Collins, CSP completed his M.A. in Theology and was ordained to the priesthood in 1970. Since that time, he has been active in parish and campus ministries throughout the country, from Austin to Los Angeles, to Columbus, Ohio, where he was Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry and Pastor at The Ohio State University. Over the past decade, Fr. Collins has conducted more than three hundred missions and preached over thirty retreats for priests and religious. He presently devotes his full-time energies to evangelization and mission work from his home parish-and the Mother Church of the Paulist Fathers, St. Paul the Apostle on 59th Street in New York City.


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