Happy Anniversary ICL!

This week starts our second year of operation at The Integrated Catholic Life since officially launching on April 16, 2010. Neither Randy or I had any idea how widely- and well-received this effort would be.  What began in March as a simple blog grew so fast we had to scramble and redesign the site and move to another web host within one month. The ICL has certainly become for us and our writers, a labor of love.

Speaking of writers, none of this would have been possible without our contributing writers. From the very beginning we have encountered a generosity of spirit and a zeal for spreading the faith that testifies to the love of God active in each of these talented writer’s lives. Our writers are listed, along with their bios and photos at: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/about/. We are more thankful for their contributions, collaboration and friendship than we can ever say in words.

Of course, neither would this have been possible without you, our readers. You have provided us with the feedback, prayers and the readership the ICL has come to enjoy. Thousands of you visit daily and come back again and again.  This is extremely encouraging and makes our task so much easier, but more importantly, Randy and I are encouraged in our own faith by seeing your witness of faith.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and only ask for your continued prayers.  Please continue to spread the word among your families and friends. Maps of where our most recent visitors come from can be viewed at: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/visitor-maps/.

As the Director and Editor in chief of ICL, I also wish to personally thank Randy Hain, our Senior Editor for his yeoman efforts over the past year. We surely would not be where we are today without his dedication to helping others integrate faith, family and work.

And most of all, we all give thanks to the good God whose blessings we pray for daily. As you may have noticed, none of us do this for money, rather we all do this in faith for love of God. To Him, be all praise, glory and honor!

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Deacon Mike Bickerstaff Editor-In-Chief, ICL

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is also the Founder and President of Virtue@Work, where he provides Executive and Personal Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consulting. Deacon Mike has 30+ years management consulting experience in senior executive leadership positions providing organizational planning and implementation services with a focus on human resource strategy and tax qualified retirement plan design, administration and compliance.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

He and his wife have two married children and three grandchildren.

NB: The views I express on this site are my own. I am not an official spokesman for either my parish or diocese.

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