Spiritual Life Ministries help foster the spiritual life of the members of our community through activities including  retreats, prayer, and discussion groups. 

Our Spiritual Life Ministries are always looking for volunteers. If you have questions about an individual ministry, please contact the ministry contact listed or the Commission Ministry Head.

Commission Ministry Head
Philip Ebinger, phil.ebinger.atl@gmail.com

Bible Discussion Group for Men – Friday Morning
The Friday Morning Men’s Bible Study  attends the 7:30am Mass and then meets at Oglethorpe University for breakfast and bible study.

Pete Cabrelli, pcabrelli@semareps.com

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP)
Christ Renews His Parish is a retreat experience designed to give both the individual and the parish community an opportunity for renewal and growth in the spiritual life. This annual parish weekend has been offered at OLA since 1979. It is held each February on the parish grounds and is available to any adult interested.

The retreat lasts from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. The weekend is offered to parishioners by parishioners. Participants sleep in their own homes; all meals are provided.

Mark Dannenfelser, Director of Adult Faith Formation, mdannefelser@olachurch.org

CRHP Second Touch (CRHP2T)
Relive the experience that awakened you at CRHP by joining us at this  mini-retreat.  Held each fall from Friday night through Saturday. Requirements: must have attended a CRHP weekend retreat prior.

Mark Dannenfelser, Director of Adult Faith Formation, mdannefelser@olachurch.org

Elijah Cup
Join us in our prayers for vocations!  Each week at one of the Sunday Masses, a different family takes the Elijah Cup home to pray for vocations to the religious life and priesthood – especially to the Society of Mary (Marist).

Mike Cribbs, mcribbs1@bellsouth.net

Marriage Encounter/WEDS Group
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is the largest pro-marriage organization in the world and promotes weekend  experiences for couples who want to make their good marriage even better. WEDS groups meet for the purpose of supporting each other in dialogue and to help each other live out the concepts of the Marriage Encounter Weekend.  All couples who have attended a Marriage Encounter Weekend are invited to join the OLA WEDS group.

Karen Sheehan, ksheehan2000@yahoo.com

Men’s Discipleship Group
This group meets every Saturday morning at 7:30am.  We discuss a variety of issues that men face and utilize both Scripture and Catholic teaching to guide us with the issues at hand.  We are a very diverse group of men, at all different places in our Christian journey.  We are focused as a group on becoming better Catholics. The group is open to all men who wish to join.

Declan Reilly and Ralph Williams, OLASATMORNINGMENSGROUP@gmail.com

Small Christian Communities
The parish-wide Small Christian Communities (SCC) are faith-sharing groups of 6 – 12 people per group. Several parish groups (25-30 groups) meet at various times of the day and days of the week. Some groups have been meeting for 15 or 20 years! Small Christian Communities are powerful vehicles for adult faith formation, providing opportunities for learning, prayer, mutual support, and the shared experience of Christian living and service. These groups meet in parishioners’s homes and use discussion materials rooted in Scripture and Church tradition. Currently, many groups are using the ARISE Together In Christ materials after a parish-wide initiative to increase participation in Small Christian Communities. We invite you to participate in a small group or to get ideas for materials for your existing group.

Contact: Amanda Reilly, amandareilly@comcast.net

Sponsor Couple for the Engaged
Lay ministers (married couples) meet with engaged couples as part of the marriage preparation process. Training is required.

Max and Ingrid Hilsman, ingridhilsman@bellsouth.net