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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Charismatic Catholics to gather Nov. 2-4

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 4, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

In the midst of tough times, hundreds of worshippers have been flocking to their churches looking for solace, peace, or answers to their burning questions. With this in mind, the Inland Empire Catholic Charismatic Renewal (IECCR) would like to invite everyone to a conference weekend of prayer, worship, praise, and reflection.

“If You Only Knew” (John 4:10) is the theme for this year’s Fall Conference at the Spokane Convention Center, Nov. 2, 3, and 4. Bishop William Skylstad will open the conference Friday night at 7 p.m. along with two very dynamic invited speakers, Sister Nancy Kellar of New York and Bishop Sam Jacobs from the Diocese of Alexandria, La.

Saturday features general sessions with Sister Nancy and Bishop Jacobs as well as a healing service, open to all, Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

Masters of Ceremony will be Fathers Tom Mele and Dan Wetzler, Diocesan Liaisons to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The conference will close Sunday noon with Mass, celebrated by Bishop Jacobs.

The expression “If you only knew” appears twice in the Gospels. Bishop Skylstad, Bishop Jacobs, and Sister Nancy will address these two passages in their conference presentations.

One citation is found in Luke’s Gospel, as Jesus approaches Jerusalem. The second reference appears in John’s Gospel, as the Samaritan woman approaches Jesus and he asks her for a drink.

Bishop Jacobs of the Diocese of Alexandria, La., is currently chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for the Renewal. He is known for having a profound heart for youth and a burning desire for empowering people with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

In an interview in Melbourne, Australia, he stated, “We’re in the rooting stage, trying to come into a fuller understanding of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and sharing it with other people.”

Sister Nancy is a member of the Sisters of Charity in Scarsdale, N.Y., and is currently vice-chairperson of the North American Ecumenical Charismatic Committee. She has spoken in over 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America as well as the U.S. Her favorite theme is “There is always more of God’s love and gifts.”

Last year in Seattle, she spoke of “the mission of the Church as the conversion, the sanctification and the empowerment of every human being.”

High School Youth are encouraged to attend their conference track on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Convention Center, presented by Brian Kraut from St. Pius X Parish in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Lystra, from the University of Idaho, will provide the music for the youth. Other conference events Friday and Saturday nights, as well as Sunday’s liturgy, are open to youth as well.

Registration forms can be found in many parishes, at Kaufer’s Book Store in Spokane, or by calling: (509) 465-2598 (days) or (509) 276-2152 (evenings). Cost is $20 for individuals/$30 dollars for a couple or family before Oct. 15, $30 for individuals and $40 for couples and family after Oct. 15. Clergy and Religious are admitted free. Scholarships are also available.

More information can be found on the Spokane Diocese's Charismatic Renewal web site.

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