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Author to offer insight on prayer
Sessions Monday, Tuesday at Pinecrest
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

Pinecrest Academy, 955 Peachtree Pkwy., is holding free sessions on prayer by Father Jacques Philippe at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Monday’s session is for men and Tuesday’s is for women. For more information, contact Bruce Carlisle at (678) 513-4751 or visit

Pinecrest Academy will welcome an internationally known priest and author next week.

Father Jacques Philippe will visit Pinecrest during his first trip to the United States.

Two sessions— one for men on Monday and another for women on Tuesday — will be held for the public. Both will begin at 7 p.m.

He will also be speaking at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in the Buckhead area of Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

According to a news release from Pinecrest, Philippe is a “retreat master and spiritual director in the formation of priests and seminarians.”

He has sold more than 400,000 copies of his books, which have been translated into 18 languages.

Bruce Carlisle, a parishioner of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church, asked Philippe, a native of France, to come to the area.

“I had a love for his writings and reached out to him and asked if he would consider coming here,” he said. “And very surprisingly, he agreed. It’s unbelievable that he’s coming here for his first time ever in the U.S.”

During his sessions at Pinecrest, which are free and open to the public, Carlisle said Philippe will focus on the topic of prayer.

“He’ll be giving some very practical tips on how to deepen your prayer life and your walk with Christ,” said Carlisle, noting that Philippe is often described as “simply deep.”

“He has this amazing ability to take a very deep and complex issue and put it into such simple terms that it’s very appealing to the masses.”

While held at a Catholic school and featuring a priest, Carlisle said the events are open to people of all faiths.

“It’s not just for Catholics,” he said. “Because of the universal need for prayer, we all need this insight.”