Father Bryan Small, Pastor
Calling Atlanta his hometown and a proud graduate of St. Pius X Catholic High School, Fr. Bryan pastors a parish not too distant from the house he grew up in. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Meinrad College. From 1998 to 2002 he attended St. Vincent’s Seminary in Latrobe, PA (a distant suburb of Pittsburg) where he earned both a MA in Systematic Theology as well as a Masters of Divinity.
In 2002 he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John F. Donoghue. His first assignment was All Saints parish in Dunwoody, GA, serving under the legendary Monsignor R. Donald Kiernan. After a brief one-year stint as a parochial vicar at St. Katherine of Siena in Kennesaw Fr. Bryan was assigned by Archbishop Wilton D. Greggory as the Director of the University Catholic Center, serving Emory University, it’s satellite campus at Oxford as well as Agnes Scott College. While active in campus ministry he also served as adjunct faculty and taught on campus.
After five years he was named as pastor to Sts. Peter & Paul parish in Decatur, GA. Six years later the parish is debt free and continues to grow.
An avid film and television nerd, Fr. Bryan often incorporates movies and other pop culture sources into his ministry. So much so that he earned an on-going invitation to participate at Dragon*Con, a large convention in Atlanta that draws 70,000 people.
When he’s not preaching, teaching, or being a cruise ship chaplain, he’s most likely watching movies or playing video games. Otherwise his time and resources are occupied by the endless demands of his Welsh Pembroke/Cardigan Corgi named Milo.
Deacon Alfred Mitchell
Deacon Alfred Mitchell is a convert to Catholicism having joined the church in 1959 while living in Washington, D. C. His wife, Josie, and he were married in that same year.
The Mitchells came to Atlanta from Michigan in 1975 and joined Saints Peter and Paul in March, 1976. Daughter, Margaret, attended what was then Sts. Peter and Paul School from the first through the eighth grade. She later attended and graduated from Marist and the Catholic University of America. She now resides in the Washington, D. C. area. The Mitchells also have an adult son, Jonathan, who lives in Hawaii.
Deacon Alfred has served Sts. Peter and Paul as a deacon since May, 1987. In that capacity his duties include serving as chaplain to the Men’s Club and as an advisor to the lectors and the adult education committee. He is also responsible for training extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
Deacon Alfred retired from the federal civil service in December, 1989 and from the Archdiocese of Atlanta in December, 2005. Josie is still employed by the Social Security Administration.
His hobbies include listening to almost all types of music; reading, writing and telling stories. To learn more about Deacon Alfred, you may click on the link below to visit his personal web page.
Deacon Jerry Lett
Jerry Lett is a Research Associate and the Director of Business Operations of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory. Jerry served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years and was a commissioned officer.
Jerry grew up in Mobile, Ala., but traveled a great deal with the military. He earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE.; master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI., Western New England College in Springfield, MA. He is a CPA licensed in the state of Georgia.
Jerry and his wife, Patricia, have three children and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include jogging and listening to jazz and gospel music; and he is an avid landscape gardener. Jerry also keeps busy as a minister in the clergy of the Catholic Church. He was ordained in June 1990 for service in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He is a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Ron Whalen, Business Manager
Bio coming soon
Gloria George-Patrick, Director of Religious Education
Gloria George-Patrick was born in the island of Trinidad. She and her husband Clarence have four children and five grandchildren.
Gloria is a Registered Nurse, a Licensed Midwife, Community Health, & School Nurse. She and her family moved to Atlanta in 1991, where she continued her career in Nursing.
Gloria was involved in the Catechetical Ministry and Youth Ministry in her native country for a number of years, and in 1993 she accepted the position of Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry @ SS. Peter and Paul.
Gloria is a graduate of Loyola Institute Extension Program for Pastoral Ministry & Religious Education.
Statement of Intent: To be a World-class, Catholic Christian Woman.
Marie Fujioka, Parish Secretary
Marie Fujioka was born on July 8, 1953 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. After ten snowy years in Chicago, her family moved to Decatur, Georgia in 1965. She has been a parishioner of Sts. Peter and Paul since 1966. In 1998, she became Parish Secretary. Her office is the one with her embroidery on the walls and overgrown with plants. She is happily single, and aunt to one niece and five nephews.
Elias Benn, Director of Music
Elias was born and grew up in the Caribbean, on the islands of St. Croix and St. Lucia respectively, but has called Atlanta home for almost 2 decades now. A cradle Catholic, he has been involved in liturgy from a young age, starting in the music ministry, then serving in other ministries as an altar server, lector and Eucharistic Minister. When he is not working in some aspect of liturgy, he can be found working on solo music projects, traveling, participating in the arts or working with groups through his non-profit, KindleHope.