Marist Evening Series

Marist Evening Series

Stretch your creativity, strengthen your computer skills, think globally, or explore aspects of the Christian faith. The Marist Evening Series features three evenings of captivating courses for adults taught by the accomplished Marist School faculty and staff. Invite your friends and neighbors and come learn something new during the Marist Evening Series.

General Information and Registration

Dates and Times:
Session 1: Monday, January 22        7 – 9 p.m.
Session 2: Monday, January 29        7 – 9 p.m.
Session 3: Monday, February 5        7 – 9 p.m.

Early Bird registration$95 per person
(Midnight on December 8 through midnight on January 12)   
Regular registration$110 per person
(Beginning January 13)                   
Registration opens on Friday, December 8. Click on the registration link to the right to register online. Locate a course on the registration website and use your American Express, Visa, or MasterCard for payment. Course tuition must be paid for in full at the time of registration. You must complete a separate registration for each person registering. Early registration is encouraged to ensure adequate enrollment and space availability. 

Evening Series Courses

Online Ticket Sales end at Midnight - Sunday, January 21.

**Onsite registration available Monday, January 22 from 6-7 p.m. in the Marist School cafeteria.


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    “I have an annual physical with my doctor, and I have a financial planner: what about my spiritual life?”  A course taught by Bob Fecas in the Chapel for three successive Monday nights. 
    Session 1: The connection between “spiritual” and “religious.”  Terminology. The origin of my spiritual life in my childhood.  The recent biological and neurological evidence for this starting point. How to
    reclaim what I may have forgotten or lost.  Suggested reading and homework.
    Session 2:  The enneagram as a tool for self-knowledge in the spiritual life.  Other tools for increasing mindfulness and open-heartedness.  Suggested reading and homework.
    Session 3:  Exercises and practices to strengthen spiritual habits. Spiritual transformation and likely stages along the way.  Implications for the other parts of my life.  Possible further meetings.  Suggested reading and homework.     
    Instructor: Mr. Bob Fecas

    Bob Fecas started teaching in 1963 as a Jesuit novice and concluded his career here at Marist in 2016. In 1988 when his daughter Mary Cloud was born, he came to teach Theology at Marist since Jesuit High in New Orleans is an all-boys school, and he and his wife Catherine had an eye toward her future education.  She and her brother Simon Cross both graduated from Marist.  Of the courses Bob has taught at Marist, Prayer and Meditation was his favorite; for 25 years he taught this course in the upper room of the chapel, and led students on over 50 retreats.  He has taught variations on that course in the Monday Nights at Marist program since its beginning.  He returns this year to present three nights focused on the spiritual life more generally, with a necessary prayer component. 

Photography & Technology

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    What’s the big deal about Google Suites? Is it as good as everyone says it is? NO! It’s better! Come learn all about the power of Google Drive, Docs and Sheets. Learn how to share, collaborate, create, format, and calculate!
    Session 1: Google Drive - Save, Share, Collaborate
    Learn all about storage, sharing, pictures, within the world of Google Drive.
    Session 2: Google Docs - More than your average document processing software. If you like Word, you will love Google Docs. If you don’t know much about Word, come learn an easier way! Research, sharing, and collaboration.
    Session 3: Google Sheets - Spreadsheets in the sky.
    Excel is awesome, Google Sheets is better! Calculations, formulas, and collaboration. 
    Instructor: Ms. Kelley Likes

    Ms. Likes has been a business and computer education teacher for the past 15 years, and she has taught at the college, high school, and middle school levels.


    Whether you’ve got a point-and-shoot or high-end digital SLR, this beginner’s course will cover the basics of good photography and help you get better shots by taking control of your camera. Camera-phone users are welcome, but you may need to download an app to get the controls we discuss in the course.
    Topics covered include:
    Session 1:  Elements of composition, shooting techniques, using light to your advantage
    Session 2:  Taking control of your camera, what different controls do, pro secrets
    Session 3:  Buying equipment, post processing, editing programs, printing and sharing 
    Instructor:  Mr. Brian Collier

    Mr. Collier is Marist School’s Library Director and school photographer who has experience with a variety of photographic equipment from DSLRs to homemade pinhole cameras. He enjoys the challenge of photographing life on Marist’s busy campus.

College Planning

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    There is a lot that parents need to know about preparing for and helping their children gain admission into college, paying for it, and mounting an effective and productive college search. But it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. This course is focused on parents of students in grades 7-11.  Over the course of six hours and three class meetings, you will be better positioned to understand just how much college admission has changed from when you applied yourself.

    Session 1:  Current Trends in College Admission and Sorting Colleges: What’s going on out there and why? We’ll survey the higher education landscape, encompassing more than 3,000 colleges and universities. (Help!)
    Session 2:  Understanding the Elements of “Holistic” Admission Review and Financial Aid & Scholarships: What do colleges review for
     and why? How can we afford college? We’ll discuss need-based aid, merit-based scholarships, admissions, and more.
    Session 3:  Mock Admission Committee and Helpful Resources: Each participant will become part of the admission committee for
    a“university”, reviewing candidates and deliberating on who gets in, who does not, and why!  We’ll also review college resources and identify the good, the bad, and the ugly. 
    Instructor:  Mr. Robert Von Hagen

    Mr. Von Hagen is a college counselor at Marist School for 20 years and has facilitated Marist School’s Career Connections Internship Program for ten years. Mr. Von Hagen also coaches for both the middle school cross country and track and field teams and moderates the 9th grade campus ministry retreat.

History and Culture

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    Atlanta is one of the major sites of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the home of many of its luminaries. Come learn more about the history in our own backyard and look at how the movement shaped and was shaped by theology, law, and literature. We’ll examine how these religious, legal, and cultural forces continue to speak to us fifty years later.
    Session 1: Civil Rights Law: how did laws and court cases work to advance the cause for civil and human rights? Join Mr. Coveny for a look at how the American legal system influenced the movement.
    Session 2: Theology and Civil Rights: much of the movement in the 1950s and '60s centered around churches and religious groups. Mr. Andrew Johnson will explore how the Gospel inspired the cause of social justice.
    Session 3: Literature and Civil Rights: as William Faulkner reminds us, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." Ms. Parnaby will present some of the literature that responds to the movement.
    Mr. Johnson has been a Theology teacher at Marist for four years and is an assistant coach for the Boy’s Varsity Soccer team. Mrs. Parnaby has been an English Teacher at Marist School for 15 years and was a recipient of the 2014 Faber-McKinley-Stadler Award. Mr. Coveny ’81 is a Theology teacher and has served as Director of the Marist Way for over ten years. He has also coached Varsity and JV Football.
    Instructors: Andrew Johnson, Gina Parnaby, Mike Coveny

    Mr. Johnson has been a Theology teacher at Marist for four years and is an assistant coach for the Boy’s Varsity Soccer team. Mrs. Parnaby has been an English Teacher at Marist School for 15 years and was a recipient of the 2014 Faber-McKinley-Stadler Award. Mr. Coveny ’81 is a Theology teacher and has served as Director of the Marist Way for over ten years. He has also coached Varsity and JV Football.

    Do you have to have tasted the bitterness of broccoli to enjoy the sweet delights of chocolate? Answer this and related questions of happiness in this class! Filling “self-help” sections at your local bookstore and the pages of the New York Times, happiness is everywhere. This course will explore many of the most important questions regarding the nature of happiness, different philosophical traditions’ widely varied ideas on happiness, and modern science’s take on the subject. This is not a self-help course, but instead a relaxed investigation of the philosophy and science of the hot topic focused on thought provoking questions and your own areas of interest.
    Session 1:  Introduction, the Western Tradition’s “Philosophy of Happiness” starting with ancient Greeks and Romans and moving through Christian and Enlightenment beliefs.

    Session 2:  The Eastern and Contemplative Traditions take on happiness and conversely, the origins of  suffering. Focus on Buddhism and the integration of contemplative practices with modern psychology.

    Session 3:  Happiness in the modern world: brain chemistry, psychological insights into happiness, the economics of happiness, and happiness as a matter of public policy.
    Instructor: Mr. Eric Heintz

    Mr. Heintz is in his 12th year at Marist School and is a member of the social studies department. He is an AP European History teacher and the head cross country coach.

    The Middle East is an area of the world that is of critical importance to the United States, yet one that is often little understood and weighted down by many stereotypes. These classes will offer a more nuanced view of the region, its religions, its people, and its political issues than what is usually found in the daily headlines.
    Session 1:  Islam:  What it is and what it is not; an introduction to basic beliefs and major sects; women and “the veil.”

    Session 2:
      The Arab-Israeli conflict: a short history and a look at the current situation.

    Session 3:  The current situation in Iraq, Syria, and the region; old rivalries and recent complications; the rise of ISIS and the impact on US policies.
    Instructor:  Dr. Louisa Moffitt

    Dr. Moffitt has been on the faculty at Marist for 32 years, teaching both Middle East Studies and AP United States history. A longtime consultant for the College Board, she has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the Middle East Studies Association National Service Award. Her most recent publication deals with immigration in America on the World Stage, published by the Organization of American Historians.

    Some years ago, Mr. Murphy had the fortune to have dinner with a Holocaust survivor from Auschwitz named Mr. Roman Kent. After a long evening in which Mr. Kent recounted his tragic years during and after the war, Mr. Murphy asked him how he explains how or why the Holocaust happened. After a long pause, Mr. Kent responded, "Brendan, when I die God owes me the answers to many questions.  That is first on my list."

    Join us for three nights where we will wrestle with some of the most difficult questions surrounding the history of the Holocaust and attempt to come to terms with why and how it happened and what vital lessons it holds. To frame our understanding, we will trace the tragic history of anti-Semitism, discuss the Holocaust with a survivor at the Holocaust museum in Midtown, and read and discuss an extraordinary memoir, All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein.  
    Session 1:  The Long and Tragic History of Anti-Semitism: We will examine one of the central questions in the history of the Holocaust:  Why the Jews?  We will trace the history of anti-Semitism from the pre-Christian pagan world through the modern era, with a special emphasis on the history and future of Jewish-Christian relations.  

    Session 2:  We will study the Holocaust more closely with a tour of the William Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum in Midtown, and hear from a local Holocaust survivor.

    Session 3:  We will have a book discussion on Gerda Weissmann Klein's All But My Life as well as look at the modern world with a post-Holocaust consciousness.  
    Required reading:  Gerda Weissmann Klein's All But My Life.  
    Recommended viewing:  Schindler's List
    Instructor:  Mr. Brendan Murphy

    Mr. Murphy has been a social studies teacher for 23 years. He was recently awarded the 2017 Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award.  In 2013-14 he was awarded Marist School’s Goizueta Chair of Excellence. In2009, he was named the Educator of the Year by University of Notre Dame; and in 2009 and 2016 he was named Georgia Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. He also has been named a Mandel Fellow by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a Lerner Fellow by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.


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    Why do people act (and think!) the way they do? Have you ever been left baffled by someone’s behavior? Do you seek a deeper understanding of your own inner world? This course will use three distinctive modelsthe Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Gallup StrengthsFinder, and the Enneagramas instruments to aid a deeper understanding of self and others. During this course, participants will be able to apply practical and concrete tools to better understand dynamics in parenting, marriage, relationships, work, and within oneself. This course will include the integration of contemplative prayer and spirituality, recommended reading, personal reflection and journaling, group activities, and lots of opportunities to find good-natured humor in human behavior.
    Session 1:  Who am I? Personality Psychology at a Glance and the Myers-Briggs.  This first session will ground
    participants in the basics of personality theory. Each participant will have the opportunity to explore and process their results from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a popular personality framework based on the theories of Carl Jung.
    Session 2:  What am I good at? Using StrengthsFinder to maximize natural gifts and talents. The Gallup
    StrengthsFinder inventory is an empirically valid and reliable tool, and it is used in corporate  settings and parish life programs alike. Participants will unpack their top five strengths and expand their understanding of self and others through a strengths-based lens.
    Session 3: How can I grow? Using the Enneagram as a spiritual tool to move towards freedom and self-
    actualization. For those who feel that personality theories “box you in” this evening is for you! The Enneagram gained popularity in the 1970s, primarily as a tool for spiritual direction, and it is now widely taught as a way of understanding personality. We will integrate the spirituality of personality theories most fully in this session.    
    *The course will require an additional materials fee of $10.00 (payable online) to cover the Gallup Strengths Finder inventory. A journal will be provided. 
    Instructor:  Mrs. Elizabeth Figueroa

    Mrs. Figueroa is a clinical social worker, and a personal and academic counselor at Marist School. She has always been fascinated with human behavior, an interest that was nurtured during theology, philosophy, and human development courses while studying at Boston College. Prior to working at Marist, she offered psychotherapy in a private practice setting in Decatur.




Call (770) 936-2216.

Withdrawals & Cancellations

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  • Class Cancellations

    If we cancel a course for which you are registered, you are eligible for transfer into another course or request a full refund. All refunds will be paid by check. Please allow up to four weeks to receive check refunds.
  • Inclement Weather

    In case of inclement weather, Marist will announce by 1 p.m. whether classes are cancelled. Check your email for updates, listen to your local radio announcement or call (770) 936-2216.
  • Low Enrollment Policy

    We reserve the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. Such decisions will be made by Monday, January 15. You will be notified by email or by phone. In such a case, you may transfer to another class or request a refund.
  • Withdrawal Policy

    Marist School will make every effort to assure a positive learning experience. If you choose to withdraw from a course, please email before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17. A full refund will be issued, minus a $5 processing fee. No refunds will be given after this date.

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