Roy Petitfils is a Licensed counselor at Pax Renewal Center in Lafayette, LA. Roy studied ministry and spirituality at The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and holds a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from University of Louisiana. Roy has worked with youth and young adults for more than 20 years as minister, a teacher, school administrator, school counselor and now as a counselor in private practice. He specializes in counseling teens and young adults. Roy regularly consults with churches, publishers and organizations helping them more effectively reach and minister to youth and young adults.

Roy has published four books, including his most recent What Teens Want You to Know (But Don’t Tell You). Roy’s blue collar roots, natural humor, contagious enthusiasm and diverse personal and professional background have made him an internationally sought after presenter and trainer. Roy lives with his wife Mindi of 13 years and their two sons Max and Benjamin in Youngsville, Louisiana.

What People Are Saying About Roy

Roy Petitfils combines passion and practical common sense to the dilemmas of connecting faith and real life. He brings a great perspective from his life experiences mixed with his background as parent, teacher, minister and counselor. Just sitting with him I get excited about living and living life through the lens of faith. . When he speaks,he stirs things within. He’s the kind of speaker I enjoy hearing. I recommend you consider Roy if you want to awaken yourself or a group of people.

Mike Patin

Minister, Speaker and Trainer

Roy reminded our faculty and staff of their call to live the Gospel with our young people. He made us laugh, he challenged us, and he made us all feel better about our unique vocation to share our lives with our students.

Dr. Timothy Uhl

Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Helena

Roy’s winsome humor and dynamic delivery capture the hearts of those to whom he presents. As a facilitator, presenter and keynote speaker he is one of the best I’ve experienced with adults and teens alike. He shares himself, yet amazingly it’s Jesus who is seen and heard.

John Listi

Director of Campus Ministries, St.Thomas More High School

Our faculty is still talking about the retreat’s impact on their personal and professional lives. To keep a faculty engaged is truly a miracle; to impress and touch them is beyond the miraculous!

James Joubert

Administrator, Carencro Catholic School

Past Events Roy Has Spoken At

National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry

San Antonio, TX

December 2014

Ministry Institute for Clergy and Lay Leaders

Cheyenne, WY

September 2015

Steubenville Young Adult Conference

San Diego, CA

July 2014

Catechist Kick Off

Spring, TX

January 2015

Clergy Convocation

Youngstown, PA

September 2015

LA Religious Ed Congress

Los Angeles, CA

March 2015

Diocesan Youth Conference

Honolulu, HI

October 2014

Marianist Life Formation Retreat

Dayton, OH

January 2015

National Catholic Youth Conference

Indianapolis, IN

2013 & 2015

Diocesan Educators Event

Alberta, Canada

March 2015

Parish Mission

New Lenox, IL

February 2015

Diocesan Ministry Conference

Corpus Christi, TX

January 2015

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