Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Faith & Public Policy Workshops In 8 Parishes

Published September 13, 2012

The conventions are over. Election Day is less than two months away.

Now the voters have their work cut out for them.

Researching candidates’ positions yourself, listening to or reading well-informed commentators, analyzing the difficult decisions ahead and the character and wisdom of those running for office, these tasks fall to the citizen, in order to be well prepared to cast a ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The “Faith & Public Policy Workshops” coming up at eight parish locations offer Catholics and others a framework for forming their consciences in principles of Catholic social teaching and looking at the choices confronting citizens through the lens of this teaching.

Presenters at the workshops include Frank Mulcahy, who represents the Catholic bishops of Georgia in legislative matters as executive director of the Georgia Catholic Conference; Mary Boyert, director of respect life ministry for the archdiocese; Kat Doyle, director of social justice ministries for the archdiocese; and Pat Chivers, director of communications and advocacy for the archdiocese.

Three Saturday sessions will be held as follows: Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Pius X Church, Conyers; Sept. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Brigid Church, Johns Creek; and Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Atlanta.

Tuesday evening sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Michael Church, Gainesville, on Sept. 25; at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Newnan, on Oct. 2; and at St. Philip Benizi Church, Jonesboro, on Oct. 9.

Thursday evening sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 4 at St. Lawrence Church, Lawrenceville, and on Oct. 18 at Holy Family Church, Marietta.

The cost of $10 per person covers materials that will be provided. It can be paid in advance or at the door.

The event is open to the public. However, advance registration is requested, either online at or by contacting Joy Place in the Communications and Advocacy Department at (404) 920-7346 or

The Georgia Catholic Conference sponsors the workshops.