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Evangelization and Discipleship

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Vicar of Evangelization and Education

  • Very Rev. Kevin O'Keefe
  • Phone: 912-201-4122


Managing Director

  • Caroline Geddings
  • Phone: 912-201-4057


The Office of Evangelization and Discipleship helps parishes and schools experience a renewal of spirit and mission, where Christians see themselves as disciples of our Lord and respond to the call to "go, make, baptize, and teach" that was shared with us in the Great Commission (MT 28:18–20). This office oversees the offices of:

Our top priority is bringing all that we do back to the simple reality that Christ lives and wants to have a relationship with us!

"As individuals, we yearn for an intimate relationship with Christ, the Word made flesh. As the Church, we celebrate our Catholic faith in communion, called together in this time and in this place to love one another as He loved us" (Bishop Stephen Parkes, Magnify and Rejoice, p. 2). The central focus of our work is an invitation into an ever-deepening encounter with our Lord and a desire for authentic relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

We serve as a central resource for ministries across the diocese by working with our parishes and schools to learn from ministries that are thriving to help ministries that need assistance, and to coordinate efforts, events, and energy for the benefit of all.

Parish Engagement Plan

As communicated in Bishop Parkes’ pastoral letter Magnify and Rejoice: Our Call to Discipleship, one of the top areas of focus within the diocese for the next five years is to “offer customized and unique attention to individual parishes and schools in the work of evangelization and discipleship.”

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Parish Planning Days

The Office of Evangelization and Discipleship regularly hosts Parish Planning Day Zoom meetings for parish leaders to discuss, learn, plan, and grow. Each meeting covers a different topic pertinent to ministry within parishes. For more information or to suggest topics, contact Caroline Geddings at 912-201-4057 or

Parish Retreat Planning

Need some help planning a retreat for your parish? Get information about creating content, a schedule, registration, promotion, and more.

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Small Group Planning Resources

Planning small group programs that work in each parish, regardless of size, demographics, or staff resources.

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Prayer Resources

How can you grow in your relationship with God? Learn more about Lectio Divina, Praying a Novena, Prayers of Consecration, Eucharistic Adoration, and the Liturgy of the Hours.

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