Lunch and Learn

Wednesdays from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Come to any or all sessions

The Catholic Conference Center invites you to attend a captivating “Lunch and Learn” series. Each Wednesday, will begin with a light but delicious lunch at 12:00 PM, followed by a thought-provoking discussion on a particular topic. For those who choose, you could begin with an hour of adoration and a blessing by Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Here is a typical lunch:

Date Night
10:50 AM Holy Hour of Adoration (optional)
11:50 AM Benediction (optional)
12:00 PM Lunch
12:45 PM Program
1:30 PM Final Blessing

Any questions, contact Deacon Scott Gilfillan at,or call 828.328.7441.

Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship

January 27 through March 31

During Lent, the “Lunch and Learn” will discuss the latest Papal Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.

The United States Bishop Conference has this to say, “Pope Francis’s prophetic new encyclical speaks directly into the lives of men and women today! This greatly welcomed encyclical is a beautiful reflection on humanity’s path forward to a deeply desired and sought-after peace. Pope Francis addresses his renewed call to universal fraternity ‘to all people of good will, regardless of their religious convictions.'” Read more

You have a crucial part in securing peace! Find out how by coming to one or all of our upcoming “Lunch and Learn” series as we dive into Pope Francis’ letter “On Fraternity and Social Friendship”.

PRICING: No charge, donations accepted

The Center would like to get as many people as possible to enter into a deeper spiritual experience by exploring the unique gifts of a saint. Donations will be kindly accepted to defer the cost of the meals (about $12 per session) and help the center continue her mission of evangelization and renewal.

Please register Tuesday to for the Wednesday conference. Register now, space is limited to 25 participants.

Date Night with a Saint Registration

Please call 828-327-7441 if you have questions.
  • 2021 features the Gospel of Mark during the Sunday liturgies. Start the new year getting to know Saint Mark the Evangelist - the man, his world, and his message.
  • Learn about Pope Francis' latest encyclical - it's prophetic yet offers practical steps forward toward healing the wounds of division.
  • Please include the name if another person will be coming with you.
  • Please consider helping in our mission of evangelization and renewal. Give a tax-deductible donation to the Catholic Conference Center, to both defer the cost of the program and help us continue our mission. We appreciate your support.

About the Presenter

The sessions and discussions will be led by Deacon Scott D. Gilfillan. Deacon Scott was ordained as a Catholic deacon in 2001. He has a wide range of experience of facilitating groups and leading retreats for parishes, RCIA programs, and deacon candidates. For many years, he was the director of deacon formation for the diocese of Charlotte, assisting and guiding deacon candidates and their wives in discernment and formation. Most recently he has become the director of the Catholic conference and retreat center in Hickory.