The Peter and Paul Society was formed at All Saints parish in order to encourage and enable the men of the parish to fulfill their roles as spiritual leaders in their families, in the Church, and in the community. The Society takes its inspiration from two of Christendom’s greatest saints, Peter, the spiritual anchor and teacher of the early Church, and Paul, the great evangelizer, who spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all nations.
The Society encourages the men of All Saints to participate in the various pathways to grace that are already active in the parish; it supports some of the existing opportunities for adult faith formation through, for example, group scripture study, book review classes, formal instruction classes in the faith, small group meetings that reflect on spiritual meditations, and the groups that work in the community, and provide service to the community. The Society encourages thus each man at All Saints to seek and find what the Holy Spirit has in mind for us.
But the Society also offers pathways to spirituality tailored to men in particular. These include Bible study classes, spiritual exercises, and annual men's conferences. For 2014, the Peter and Paul Society joined with the Saint Joseph Society at Sacred Heart Parish to sponsor "A Dialogue with Our Shepherd," a day of discourse held at All Saints with our Bishop, the Most Reverend Richard F. Stika. The conference was open to all men of the Diocese of Knoxville and was attended by over 150 men.
In 2015, again in concert with the Saint Joseph Society, and with the support of the Knights of Columbus, the Peter and Paul Society sponsored a conference with Jeff Cavins on "Living the Gospel of the Family." This time, a recption for the ladies the evening before the men's conference gave the ladies a a chance to visit with Jeff, and over 200 women were in attendence.