Local News Archive
Print Issue: March 8, 2001
Biographies Of New Deacons
Rev. Mr. Michael K. Balfour
Birth Date: Dec. 4, 1951.
Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana.
Family: Married for 14 years to Claire Whitley Balfour.
Education: Earned bachelor of arts degree in journalism, 1975, from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; is master catechist for Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Work Experience: Creative director/production manager of The Georgia Bulletin, 1997-present; art director and manager of communications department of Printing by Design security corporation, Atlanta, 1988-97; business manager of North Carolina Catholic, 1986-88, Raleigh; executive director of radio and TV for Diocese of Lafayette, La., 1984-86; account executive, public relations director, electronic media producer, 1981-84, at Sides & Associates advertising agency, Lafayette; creative/art director for Ad Four Advertising, Baton Rouge, La., 1975-81.
Primary Hobbies and Interests: Reading, travel, art, camping.
Parish Ministries: Serves on liturgy committee and in Christian initiation of adults at his parish of six months, St. Peter Chanel Church, Roswell. Has served as one of the assistant spiritual directors of the Cursillo movement in the archdiocese for four years.
Particular Ministries of Interest: Cursillo movement, Ultreya, adult religious education.
Assigned Parish: St. Peter Chanel Church, Roswell, which has 846 families.
Pastor: Father Frank McNamee
Rev. Mr. Richard J. Conti
Birth Date: Sept. 4, 1937.
Place of Birth: Auburn, N.Y.
Family: Married for 40 years to Penny Conti. They have four sons, Anthony, 38, Michael, 37, Christopher, 35, and Scott, 33, and 10 grandchildren.
Education: Earned bachelor of science degree in biochemistry, medical clinical laboratory sciences, 1961, from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Work Experience: Has worked 1999-present as director of marketing at Windham Brannon accounting firm, Atlanta. Also has worked in positions in medical health care research, sales and marketing for five years at Studdard Glisson and Smith, Inc., Atlanta; Metpath (Corning) Laboratories, Rochville, Md., and Atlanta, for eight years; at Litton Bionetics Research Laboratory, Rochville, Md., for 17 years; and at Cayuga County Laboratory, Auburn, N.Y., for seven years.
Military Service: Served from 1956-63 in the U.S. Navy, Medical Service Corps, in North Carolina, California and Maryland.
Primary Hobbies and Interests: Golf, gardening, planning and building water ponds, cooking and painting with watercolors.
Parish Ministries: At St. Catherine of Siena Church, Kennesaw, his parish of 14 years, served on parish council for five years; as eucharistic minister for 14 years; on the liturgy committee for eight years; and has taught baptismal preparation classes for two years. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 23 years and is a past Grand Knight.
Particular Ministries of Interest: Baptism, visiting the sick at home or in the hospital, premarital counseling.
Assigned Parish: St. Catherine of Siena Church, Kennesaw, which has about 3,050 families.
Pastor: Father James Harrison
Rev. Mr. Philippe Russell
Birth Date: Oct. 18, 1951.
Place of Birth: Granby, Quebec, Canada.
Family: Married for 27 years to Ginette N. Russell. They have one son David, 23.
Education: Earned bachelors degree in accounting in 1973 and a masters in business administration in 1975 from Sherbrooke University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
Work Experience: Has worked as business manager and administrator for St. Marys Church and School, Rome, since 1995; in 1994 was department supervisor for Angelica Textile, Rome. Moved to Georgia from Canada in 1983 where worked for family business, Huntsman Chemicals, Rome, until sold in 1993; worked from 1971-82 in family business in Mansonville and Montreal, Quebec, where worked in customer service and as plant manager.
Primary Hobbies and Interests: Bowling, swimming, hockey.
Additional Languages: French.
Parish Ministries: At St. Marys Church, Rome, his parish since 1983, he has served as a Knight of Columbus for 17 years; as financial secretary for three years; as president of school board for one year and as a member of the parish and finance council for one year. He has been a member of the choir for seven years; of mens prayer group for six years; and of the liturgy committee for nine years.
Particular Ministries of Interest: Assisting pastor as needed; supporting and encouraging all parish ministries.
Assigned Parish: St. Marys Church, Rome, a parish of 732 families.
Pastor: Father James Miceli
Rev. Mr. E. Lloyd Sutter
Birth Date: Sept. 13, 1939.
Place of Birth: Columbia, S.C.
Family: Married for 38 years to Elizabeth Fischer Sutter. Their children are Dan, 37, Bill, 36, Marion Lanneali, 35, Brother Richard Sutter, 31, Christopher, 30, Lt. Patrick Sutter, 29.
Education: Earned a bachelor of arts degree in Reformation and Renaissance history and law, 1962, from Emory University, Atlanta; earned jurisdoctorate in law, 1968, from University of Georgia, Athens.
Work Experience: Since the fall of 2000, senior administrator for archdiocesan Department of Religious Education; 1999-2000, adult education coordinator for St. Andrew Church, Roswell; 1995-2000, human resources management consultant; 1984-94 was first labor lawyer for King & Spalding; 1982-84 was first labor lawyer for Atlanta office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP; 1976-82 was chief labor counsel for Owens-Illinois, Inc. multinational manufacturing corporation, Toledo, Ohio; 1974-76 was partner in own firm; 1969-74, was first labor partner for what is now Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP, Atlanta.
Military Service: From 1962-66 was a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force serving as a communications intelligence officer in Texas, Japan, Florida and Alabama. Earned U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal.
Primary Hobbies and Interests: Travel, golf, reading history.
Parish Ministries: Has given 30 years of service in three different parishes as a catechist in middle school, youth and adult religious education programs; has served for 14 years in the parish ministry of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
Particular Ministries of Interest: Religious education.
Assigned Parish: St. Andrew Church, Roswell, a parish of 2,384 families, where he has been a member 18 years.
Pastor: Father John Murphy
Rev. Mr. Peter B. Swan Sr.
Birth Date: April 17, 1950.
Place of Birth: Rangoon, Burma; moved to the United States at 20.
Family: Married for 30 years to Pansy N. Swan. Their children are Peter Jr., 25, and Christopher, 19.
Education: Earned a bachelors degree in business management, 1992, from New York Regency College, New York.
Work Experience: Geospatial information services officer with U.S. Defense Department (Army), 1998-present; terrain analyst with U.S. Department of Defense (Army), 1991-98; cartographer in U.S. Army from 1971-91.
Military Service: Served from 1971-75 in Fort Bragg, N.C.; from 1975-79 at Fort Shofter, Hawaii; from 1980-84 in Germany; from 1984-88 in Hawaii; from 1988-89 at Fort Riley, Kan.; from 1989-90 at Fort McPherson, Ga.; from 1990-91 in Saudi Arabia, Operation Desert Shield-Desert Storm. Highest rank was chief warrant officerCW03 and highest award was the Army Meritorious Service Medal.
Primary Hobbies and Interests: Reading and escaping to secluded places to meditate.
Additional Languages: Burmese.
Parish Ministries: Has served for 12 years as an altar server coordinator and trainer and for 12 years as a religious education teacher; has served for five years on the parish pastoral council; for six years on the liturgy committee; as extraordinary minister of the Eucharist for 11 years; and as an adult formation facilitator for two years.
Particular Ministries of Interest: Adult formation, Scripture sharing and study and working with youth.
Assigned Parish: St. Philip Benizi Church, Jonesboro, a parish of about 1,950 families.
Pastor: Father Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv.
Rev. Mr. Kevin F. Tracy
Birth Date: Nov. 5, 1954.
Place of Birth: Perry, Iowa.
Family: Married for over 24 years to Sandy Tracy. They have two daughters Renee, 21, a senior at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, and Sheila, 20, a freshman at Loyola College, Baltimore.
Education: Earned bachelor of science degree in business administration with a major in insurance, 1979, from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.
Work Experience: Worked from 1985-present in design, employee training and sales for computer software at SunGard Insurance Systems, Roswell; for two years worked as insurance agent for Knights of Columbus, North Georgia; for nine years was an accountant at American Mutual Life Insurance Company, Des Moines, Iowa.
Primary Hobbies and Interests: Watching and playing golf, fantasy football, travel.
Parish Ministries: Has been member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Alpharetta, since 1983 where has served as eucharistic minister; lector; altar server coordinator; cantor; choir member; RCIA sponsor three times; sponsor couple for engaged couples; small faith community member; in Cursillo-Ultreya group; on liturgy commission and pastoral council; as Knight of Columbus; night shelter volunteer; and on Building the Church of Tomorrow archdiocesan capital campaign.
Particular Ministries of Interest: Working with families.
Assigned Parish: St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Alpharetta, which has 3,400 families.
Pastor: Father Albert Jowdy