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Catholic Author to Speak at Three Parishes on Marriage

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In recognition of National Marriage Week, February 7-14, the Diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life has invited Roy Petitfils, Catholic speaker, author and counselor to the Diocese for a series of talks.

Mr. Petitfils earned his Masters in Counseling from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette and is a graduate of St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA. He also studied ministry and spirituality in Rome, Italy, at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He is currently a Counselor Intern at Pax Renewal Center in Lafayette, LA. He has published three books: The Practical Guide to High School Ministry, God Wears Running Shoes and most recently, What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About the First Five Years of Marriage.

On Friday, February 11, Mr. Petitfils will present a talk entitled, What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About the First Five Years of Marriage, at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Apex at 7:00 p.m., with a wine and cheese reception afterwards. There is a $10 fee per couple. “Couples may be surprised to discover what areas are working in their relationships,” he explained. “They will learn practical tips that they can begin to use on their way home, that will make huge differences in their relationships.”

On Saturday, February 12, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, he will lead a Day of Retreat for Married Couples at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fayetteville. The day will begin with Mass celebrated by Father Michael Cassabon. Mr. Petitfils will offer several presentations during the retreat. There will also be other presentations throughout the day, along with personal time to reflect on marriage. Free childcare will be provided. Cost for the day will be $20 a couple.

On Saturday evening, February 12, Mr. Petitfils will speak at  Valentine Date Night at St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh at 6:45 pm, following the 5:30 pm Mass. Cost is $25 per couple.

On Thursday, February 10, Mr. Petitfils met with a group of Diocesan youth ministers a range of topics, including the need for those involved in youth ministry to practice self-care through prayer, spiritual direction, counseling and yearly retreat.  He noted that the three important elements of their work with youth are to “Care, Connect and then to Share.”

Above: Roy Petitfils conducting a session with Diocesan youth ministers on finding the proper balance in ministerial work.