Is Francis Our First Charismatic Pope?

Austen Ivereigh

Suenens and Câmara argue there that evangelization and humanization are not separate missions but simultaneous and interdependent. The fruits of the Holy Spirit, meanwhile, are not just “what we relish”—personal experiences of spiritual rapture—but also what creatively affects society, revealing the idols of consumerism and building a better world from below with the poor. As Câmara challengingly puts it: “How dare we look at Christ, if we who wear his name as our shield and call ourselves his disciples are contributing, for our part, to the scandal of this century: a small minority enjoying vast means of existence and enrichment while the great majority of God’s sons are reduced to a subhuman existence?”

Yet, as charismatic leaders I spoke to for this article are quick to admit, the third Malines document is among the least known and discussed of the series and has had little impact on the direction of the Renewal over the past 50 years. Bishop Peter Smith, a member of the charismatic People of Praise community in South Bend, Ind., and a Charis board member, is currently serving as auxiliary bishop in Portland, Oregon. He likens what Francis is doing to “taking a dust-covered book from your bookshelf and remembering that this is a big part of who you are called to be.”

While the evangelizing commitment has been strong, he says, the commitment to Christian unity and the poor has been slow to take off. “The pope is saying, ‘these seeds were planted at the beginning of the Renewal. Some of those seeds have germinated and grown quickly. But those other seeds which have not come up as fast are equally part of the garden of what God is doing in the Renewal.’”

Although there are important exceptions to this story—People of Praise is one—the Renewal is not known for its social commitment.

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As the Catholic Charismatic Renewal has developed over the past half century, it has moved through personal conversion to desire for community and fraternity, but it has in many cases been diverted from its calling into more devotional pieties and spiritualities. Hence the anomaly that many charismatic Catholics end up looking and sounding like traditionalists obsessed with doctrinal orthodoxy and apocalyptic prophecies.

Although there are important exceptions to this story—People of Praise, which has about 1,700 members in 22 cities in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean is one; LAMP ministries in the Bronx would be another—the Renewal is not known for its social commitment. Many well known charismatic proponents of the “new evangelization” in the United States are too often critics of Pope Francis’ social and other teachings. The dichotomy that the Suenens/Câmara document warned against, in other words, has largely come to pass.

In Latin America, the Renewal has been strongly associated with reactionary movements in opposition to liberation theology.

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In Latin America, meanwhile, the Renewal has been strongly associated with reactionary movements in opposition to liberation theology and focused on family morality at the expense of social concern. By far the largest and richest of these, in Brazil, threw its media channels and influence behind the election of Jair Bolsonaro in December 2018, despite the nationalist-populist clashing with what he called the bishops’ leftist agenda of concern for the poor and the environment. The movement’s founder even prayed over Bolsonaro in a special broadcast, praising him as the president the country needed. For those who know the Renewal in Brazil, it was no surprise.

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There is one city in Latin America, however, where Francis’ call to the world’s tens of millions of charismatic Catholics to get behind the Suenens/Câmara document will be heard not as a challenge but as a familiar refrain. Pino Scafuro, who until last year headed the Renewal in Buenos Aires and sits on the board of Charis, recalls how Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s engagement with charismatic Catholics after 2004 served to reshape them on precisely those lines.

Before then, they had largely considered social action the province of Caritas, and stood apart from Cardinal Bergoglio’s mobilization of the church in Buenos Aires in response to the economic collapse of 2001-2. But Bergoglio taught them, says Scafuro, that conversion means attending to the needs of the “whole person,” that material and psychological and spiritual needs are all wrapped up with each other, and that openness to the Spirit meansserving Christ in the poor.

“What he asked of the Renewal was that it ceases to be a service for its members and becomes a service to the world,” he recalls. Above all, starting in 2008-9, communities of the Renewal began serving in the villas miseria of Buenos Aires and responded to Bergoglio’s call to open up the garages of their houses to serve people’s needs. The Renewal also invited a Korean charismatic community serving the poor, Kkottongnae, to set up in Buenos Aires. As pope, Francis would visit its base in Seoul in 2014.

Turning the Charismatic Renewal outward in service of the poor went hand in hand with work for Christian unity.

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Turning the Charismatic Renewal outward in service of the poor went hand in hand with work for Christian unity. Under Bergoglio, the charismatics in Buenos Aires became famous for some of the largest Catholic-evangelical prayer gatherings anywhere in the world.

Since his election, Francis has been leading a similar “renewal of the Renewal” worldwide, beginning with the creation of a single office in Rome to replace the two existing, competing bodies. Each year, at Pentecost, he has been guiding the Renewal as he did in Buenos Aires, warning against the temptation to turn a gift to the universal church into a private possession, and referring to it as did Suenens, as a “current of grace” of which no one was the master and all were called to serve.

Since his election, Francis has been leading a “renewal of the Renewal” worldwide.

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“Spiritual ecumenism is praying and proclaiming together that Jesus is Lord, and coming together to help the poor in all their poverty,” the pope said in 2014. At the Renewal’s 50th birthday in 2017, he said baptism in the Holy Spirit, joyful praise and social action were all “inseparably linked.”

At the same Pentecost vigil he told the Renewal that at 50, wrinkles begin to appear “and we begin to forget things.” Urging them to “remember your origins” and open afresh to the Holy Spirit, he reminded them, again, of the Malines documents, of the need to evangelize by working for Christian unity and by encountering Jesus in the poor.

Set against those exhortations, this year’s message is less surprising. Yet its urgency and starkness is a sign that Francis sees the devastation of the post-pandemic world as demanding a clear choice for the poor. As he put it in a recent address to the Pontifical Mission Societies: “for the church, a preference for the poor is not optional.”

  • ••

How the Renewal worldwide will receive this message is not clear. But in South Bend, the communications director for the People of Praise will get it at once. At the heart of the Renewal, says Sean Connolly, is a personal encounter with Christ. As he has learned from seeing Matthew 25 put into practice, Christ is encountered in the poor.

Back in 2002, as a young member of the movement freshly graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Connolly set out with two other members on a “discernment, Holy Spirit road trip” in search of a community they could serve. He hadn’t heard of the Suenens/Câmara document but was fired by the model of the Jesuit reductions of Paraguay. In Shreveport, La., they found the door open. They set up house there, with no big program in mind, just “wanting to get to know people and if we could make life better for some of them.” They knocked on doors, organized barbecues, helped out. Sean stayed for three years.

“There’s a grace for the Renewal in this, in going out to the neighbor, in going out to the poor.”

Tweet this

“We experienced Christ in our neighbours in ways that were very surprising,” he says. It was a place where there was no shortage of drugs, prostitution, shots at night and fragile roofs that fell in, but the African-American community “were blessing us long before we were doing anything for them.” These days, there are many other fruits and works in Shreveport, above all a school, and similar examples of People of Praise’s “relational evangelism” in two places in Indiana.

The real blessing, says Connolly, is relationship. In Evansville these days, the People of Praise missionaries can check on single moms forced to quit their jobs during the pandemic to look after their children and be received as neighbors. They know how to put together a box of food that people actually need and want to eat.

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Pope Francis walks as he celebrates the Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 9, 2019. (CNS photo/Yara Nardi, Reuters)

Is Francis our first charismatic pope?

Austen Ivereigh

“There’s a grace for the Renewal in this, in going out to the neighbor, in going out to the poor,” says Connolly. “Our sense of where Jesus is, who he is, and where he can be found, is so much richer than it would have been in these places, where we were strangers but are no longer.”

Is this why Francis is so keen that the Renewal learns to go out of its doors, to the poor—because on the cusp of the biggest world recession in decades, the church will not be credible if it is not, literally, a neighbor to those who will pay the biggest price?

Bishop Smith thinks it is an astute call. With 110 million active participants worldwide, in terms of numbers and reach. “there’s no movement in the church that comes close to the Renewal,” he says. “With all these networks and ministries and communities and fraternities in place, if you can mobilize them to start doing these things at a grassroots level, you’re going to impact the lives of a tremendous number of people.”

 

Pope Francis calls upon the Catholic Charismatic Community to Work for Justice

CNS-POPE-PENTECOST_1.jpg (1910×1456)Pope Francis touches a Marian icon as he leaves at the end of a vigil, ahead of Pentecost Sunday, at the Vatican June 8, 2019. (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

Asking the world’s charismatic Catholics to take up the invitation of a little known 1970s document urging service of the poor may not seem, at first glance, a radical move. But Pope Francis’ message at tonight’s vigil organized by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service, or Charis, the Vatican-based body set up by Francis last year to serve the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (C.C.R.) worldwide, breaks significant new ground in two ways. First, it poses a sharp challenge to a movement known more for personal conversion and evangelization than practical mercy. Second, it points to the pope’s discernment of where he believes the church needs to be in the coming global economic meltdown. Unless it is alongside the poor, evangelization will ring hollow.

The pope’s words are urgent. The pandemic will change the world: the only question is, for better or for worse? To build “a more just, more equitable, more Christian society, not in name, but in reality” means working to end the “pandemic of poverty” locally and across the world. Unless we accept the judgement of Matthew 25, in which Jesus reveals that those who do not feed the hungry and visit the imprisoned do not know him, “we will not come out better,” says Francis. This task is for all. But it is specifically, he says, the task for the C.C.R. “Be faithful,” he tells them, to “this call of the Holy Spirit.”

The pope’s message poses a sharp challenge to a movement known more for personal conversion and evangelization than practical mercy.

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Hearing that call, he makes clear, means taking up the third of a series of theological reflections on the charismatic renewal overseen by the Archbishop of Brussels-Malines in the 1970s.

Cardinal Leo Suenens had been sent by Pope Paul VI to discern and offer guidance to the movement emerging out of dramatic experiences of the Holy Spirit in U.S. college campuses a decade earlier. The dialogues he hosted in Malines, Belgium, between charismatic leaders and theologians and church leaders that would over time be key to overcoming bishops’ suspicions of the Renewal while helping to integrate it into the wider church. Published between 1974 and 1986, the so-called Malines documents urged the Renewal to see the gifts of the Holy Spirit as at the service of Christian unity and social justice, not just evangelization and personal conversion.

Charismatic Renewal and Social Action: A Dialogue, which was published in 1979, was co-written by the bishop of Olinda-Recife in Brazil, Helder Câmara, a key figure in the Latin-American Church’s embrace of the social Gospel who is on the path to sainthood. The book’s clear aim was to overcome a false dichotomy in the church between “charismatic” and “socially committed” Catholics and to “cement what God has united: the first and the second commandments,” as they put it.

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Suenens and Câmara argue there that evangelization and humanization are not separate missions but simultaneous and interdependent. The fruits of the Holy Spirit, meanwhile, are not just “what we relish”—personal experiences of spiritual rapture—but also what creatively affects society, revealing the idols of consumerism and building a better world from below with the poor. As Câmara challengingly puts it: “How dare we look at Christ, if we who wear his name as our shield and call ourselves his disciples are contributing, for our part, to the scandal of this century: a small minority enjoying vast means of existence and enrichment while the great majority of God’s sons are reduced to a subhuman existence?”

Yet, as charismatic leaders I spoke to for this article are quick to admit, the third Malines document is among the least known and discussed of the series and has had little impact on the direction of the Renewal over the past 50 years. Bishop Peter Smith, a member of the charismatic People of Praise community in South Bend, Ind., and a Charis board member, is currently serving as auxiliary bishop in Portland, Oregon. He likens what Francis is doing to “taking a dust-covered book from your bookshelf and remembering that this is a big part of who you are called to be.”

While the evangelizing commitment has been strong, he says, the commitment to Christian unity and the poor has been slow to take off. “The pope is saying, ‘these seeds were planted at the beginning of the Renewal. Some of those seeds have germinated and grown quickly. But those other seeds which have not come up as fast are equally part of the garden of what God is doing in the Renewal.’”

Although there are important exceptions to this story—People of Praise is one—the Renewal is not known for its social commitment.

Tweet this

As the Catholic Charismatic Renewal has developed over the past half century, it has moved through personal conversion to desire for community and fraternity, but it has in many cases been diverted from its calling into more devotional pieties and spiritualities. Hence the anomaly that many charismatic Catholics end up looking and sounding like traditionalists obsessed with doctrinal orthodoxy and apocalyptic prophecies.

Although there are important exceptions to this story—People of Praise, which has about 1,700 members in 22 cities in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean is one; LAMP ministries in the Bronx would be another—the Renewal is not known for its social commitment. Many well known charismatic proponents of the “new evangelization” in the United States are too often critics of Pope Francis’ social and other teachings. The dichotomy that the Suenens/Câmara document warned against, in other words, has largely come to pass.

In Latin America, the Renewal has been strongly associated with reactionary movements in opposition to liberation theology.

Tweet this

In Latin America, meanwhile, the Renewal has been strongly associated with reactionary movements in opposition to liberation theology and focused on family morality at the expense of social concern. By far the largest and richest of these, in Brazil, threw its media channels and influence behind the election of Jair Bolsonaro in December 2018, despite the nationalist-populist clashing with what he called the bishops’ leftist agenda of concern for the poor and the environment. The movement’s founder even prayed over Bolsonaro in a special broadcast, praising him as the president the country needed. For those who know the Renewal in Brazil, it was no surprise.

***

There is one city in Latin America, however, where Francis’ call to the world’s tens of millions of charismatic Catholics to get behind the Suenens/Câmara document will be heard not as a challenge but as a familiar refrain. Pino Scafuro, who until last year headed the Renewal in Buenos Aires and sits on the board of Charis, recalls how Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s engagement with charismatic Catholics after 2004 served to reshape them on precisely those lines.

Before then, they had largely considered social action the province of Caritas, and stood apart from Cardinal Bergoglio’s mobilization of the church in Buenos Aires in response to the economic collapse of 2001-2. But Bergoglio taught them, says Scafuro, that conversion means attending to the needs of the “whole person,” that material and psychological and spiritual needs are all wrapped up with each other, and that openness to the Spirit meansserving Christ in the poor.

“What he asked of the Renewal was that it ceases to be a service for its members and becomes a service to the world,” he recalls. Above all, starting in 2008-9, communities of the Renewal began serving in the villas miseria of Buenos Aires and responded to Bergoglio’s call to open up the garages of their houses to serve people’s needs. The Renewal also invited a Korean charismatic community serving the poor, Kkottongnae, to set up in Buenos Aires. As pope, Francis would visit its base in Seoul in 2014.

Turning the Charismatic Renewal outward in service of the poor went hand in hand with work for Christian unity.

Tweet this

Turning the Charismatic Renewal outward in service of the poor went hand in hand with work for Christian unity. Under Bergoglio, the charismatics in Buenos Aires became famous for some of the largest Catholic-evangelical prayer gatherings anywhere in the world.

Since his election, Francis has been leading a similar “renewal of the Renewal” worldwide, beginning with the creation of a single office in Rome to replace the two existing, competing bodies. Each year, at Pentecost, he has been guiding the Renewal as he did in Buenos Aires, warning against the temptation to turn a gift to the universal church into a private possession, and referring to it as did Suenens, as a “current of grace” of which no one was the master and all were called to serve.

Since his election, Francis has been leading a “renewal of the Renewal” worldwide.

Tweet this

“Spiritual ecumenism is praying and proclaiming together that Jesus is Lord, and coming together to help the poor in all their poverty,” the pope said in 2014. At the Renewal’s 50th birthday in 2017, he said baptism in the Holy Spirit, joyful praise and social action were all “inseparably linked.”

At the same Pentecost vigil he told the Renewal that at 50, wrinkles begin to appear “and we begin to forget things.” Urging them to “remember your origins” and open afresh to the Holy Spirit, he reminded them, again, of the Malines documents, of the need to evangelize by working for Christian unity and by encountering Jesus in the poor.

Set against those exhortations, this year’s message is less surprising. Yet its urgency and starkness is a sign that Francis sees the devastation of the post-pandemic world as demanding a clear choice for the poor. As he put it in a recent address to the Pontifical Mission Societies: “for the church, a preference for the poor is not optional.”

  • ••

How the Renewal worldwide will receive this message is not clear. But in South Bend, the communications director for the People of Praise will get it at once. At the heart of the Renewal, says Sean Connolly, is a personal encounter with Christ. As he has learned from seeing Matthew 25 put into practice, Christ is encountered in the poor.

Back in 2002, as a young member of the movement freshly graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Connolly set out with two other members on a “discernment, Holy Spirit road trip” in search of a community they could serve. He hadn’t heard of the Suenens/Câmara document but was fired by the model of the Jesuit reductions of Paraguay. In Shreveport, La., they found the door open. They set up house there, with no big program in mind, just “wanting to get to know people and if we could make life better for some of them.” They knocked on doors, organized barbecues, helped out. Sean stayed for three years.

“There’s a grace for the Renewal in this, in going out to the neighbor, in going out to the poor.”

Tweet this

“We experienced Christ in our neighbours in ways that were very surprising,” he says. It was a place where there was no shortage of drugs, prostitution, shots at night and fragile roofs that fell in, but the African-American community “were blessing us long before we were doing anything for them.” These days, there are many other fruits and works in Shreveport, above all a school, and similar examples of People of Praise’s “relational evangelism” in two places in Indiana.

The real blessing, says Connolly, is relationship. In Evansville these days, the People of Praise missionaries can check on single moms forced to quit their jobs during the pandemic to look after their children and be received as neighbors. They know how to put together a box of food that people actually need and want to eat.

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Is Francis our first charismatic pope?

Austen Ivereigh

“There’s a grace for the Renewal in this, in going out to the neighbor, in going out to the poor,” says Connolly. “Our sense of where Jesus is, who he is, and where he can be found, is so much richer than it would have been in these places, where we were strangers but are no longer.”

Is this why Francis is so keen that the Renewal learns to go out of its doors, to the poor—because on the cusp of the biggest world recession in decades, the church will not be credible if it is not, literally, a neighbor to those who will pay the biggest price?

Bishop Smith thinks it is an astute call. With 110 million active participants worldwide, in terms of numbers and reach. “there’s no movement in the church that comes close to the Renewal,” he says. “With all these networks and ministries and communities and fraternities in place, if you can mobilize them to start doing these things at a grassroots level, you’re going to impact the lives of a tremendous number of people.”

** [Mon: 7/6/20 -TRENTON-UNBOUND INVITES YOU TO THIS SPECIAL EVENING-TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2020 @ 7 PM

Hope you all had a happy Fourth! See below event from Diocese of Trenton CCR Director, Jim Tortorici, forward if you wish.

 

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Dear Friend,

 

TUESDAY night — pre-registration required. See the Zoom below. This will be a special evening of teaching and equipping to help you hear the Lord’s voice. One gift above all is so needed in these days: intimacy with the Lord! No matter what is going on around us, the Lord is able to provide for us and “dwell within us.” Oh, how we need Him now. Why not join us and seek a new touch and grace to learn to walk and talk with your Father in heaven? Jesus promised to send us the Spirit to know the truth. The truth is that you are loved – you are called and there is more to your experience and walk with God. Hope to see you Tuesday! 

Please share the link and invite a friend — what a good friend you are! 


TRENTON-UNBOUND INVITES YOU TO THIS SPECIAL EVENING WITH THERESE GRIFFIN

“HOW GOD SPEAKS TO YOU” 

WORSHIP, TESTIMONY, TEACHING, JOURNAL EXERCISE, AND MINISTRY/ACTIVATION

TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2020 @ 7 PM

REGISTER FOR FREE AT THE ZOOM LINK BELOW

 

 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT: 

A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO THE LIES AND ATTACKS ON OUR IDENTITY AND BELIEF IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD. 

TEACHING AND PRACTICAL EXERCISES TO ACTIVATE YOUR ABILITY TO HEAR FROM THE LORD. 

 

JESUS TAUGHT US TO TRUST, BE NOT AFRAID, HOPE, BELIEVE AND LOVE GOD BECAUSE HE LOVES US. 

HE PROMISED THAT WE WOULD HEAR HIS VOICE! THIS IS PART OF OUR WONDERFUL INHERITANCE AS SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD. 

 

EVERYONE IS WELCOME, BUT ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVE HAD AN UNBOUND SESSION 

AND HAVE BEEN OR DESIRE TO BE TRAINED IN MINISTERING TO OTHERS. 

 

  We all can relate to the experience of disruption, anxiety, fear, and isolation these days. 

It is so important to know our identity in the Lord and to be able to discern and hear His voice in the midst of so much strife and chaos. 

What does identity look like after an Unbound session?  

What do the Scriptures say about the promises of the Lord? 

How can you listen and hear the voice of the Lord in your own heart?  

Can and should we expect to be able to hear His voice and encounter His presence within us? 

 

Therese Griffin is an anointed and inspiring teacher to help you build a foundation from the Bible and activate you to hear the Lord’s voice. 

 

Therese joined us with the Lozanos as a leader during our Freedom in Christ Conference in December 2018. She has been trained as a Leader and Teacher at Global Awakening and with Heart of the Father Ministries. She has ministered with Matt Lozano in the UK and was a speaker at the Unbound International Conference this past November. Therese has incorporated the Global and Unbound Prayer Models for ministry in the church and on the streets. Her teaching is practical, biblical, and anointed to activate your ability to pursue and hear the voice of the Lord. I believe this will bless each of us individually and grow us into more fruitful ministers to others. 

 

I encourage you to take this opportunity to be fed by the Word of God and be encouraged by a sister in the Lord who has taken the Keys of Unbound to help many come to know their true identity and the freedom that Jesus has won for us. You were made for conversations with your Heavenly Father! 

 

Registration is free, but required in advance — please share with others who are looking to go deeper in their walk with God. Donations are most welcome and can be freely given thorugh our website: www.dotccr.org

 

Please reach out to me via this email with any questions and I hope to see you Tuesday! 

 

** A&D Livestream – Friday, July 10th from 6-7:30pm,(CDT)

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** UPDATE ON [CCRMD] CORE TEAM ACTIVITIES

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UPDATE ON [CCRMD] CORE TEAM ACTIVITIES

 March 2020 thru June 2020

The gathering of our last joint meeting of prayer group leaders was held at the Catholic Center on February 29, 2020.  Since the middle of April members of the Core Team have been meeting via Zoom, just about every other Saturday morning: April 18, May 2, May 9, May 23, June 6, June 20.

From April 13 to April 16, Deacon Werner Rose and Associate Liaison Sharon Reiter attended a virtual conference of the annual ADL (Association of Diocesan Liaisons) meeting.  They had been scheduled to travel to Kansas City, Kansas, for this annual convocation, but due to the stay-at-home orders, the meeting was conducted successfully through Zoom media.  The scheduled presenter was Jim Beckman who presented a report analyzing the youth of today and how we can consider bringing them into the Renewal.  A summary of that report will be sent to each prayer group to study.

Beginning April 18, and almost every two weeks thereafter, the Core Team has been meeting virtually.  Nick Bickle of the St. Louis Prayer Group has come on board to take over Bill Vautrot’s position as secretary/treasurer.  But Bill has participated in these meetings, as a bridge during this transition period.  The transfer of signatories from Bill Vautrot to Nick Bickle for the CCRMD treasury has been accomplished.  The treasury has maintained its balance of $4,274.61 all during this time as no transactions have taken place.

Back in March, Deacon Werner Rose began work on creating a Strategic Plan for the CCRMD.  The purpose of a strategic plan is to keep us on task with our goals as an organization.  After several drafts, much thought to make the plan succinct, as well as reviews of the plan at a couple Saturday meetings, a final draft was presented at the May 23 meeting.  A copy of the plan is slated to be on the website for your review.  Prayer Group Leaders will be especially interested in Section II – Prayer Groups, which lists goals for prayer groups to consider.

Another on-going item of business has been the work of our crmemphis.com website.  Being unable to find anyone with an interest in this endeavor, Deacon Werner Rose has taken it upon himself, the training necessary to rebuild and maintain the site.  He believes this communication tool is essential in these times in order to communicate our existence in the Diocese of Memphis as well as to be a point of education about the Renewal.  So with the assistance of Bryan Watson, ……., who is his tutor, Deacon Werner spends several hours each week, learning the Word Press software.  One exciting feature he has discovered is a translation tab which allows the English to be translated to Spanish.

Request for Funds Form:  In order to offer to prayer groups financial support from the CCRMD treasury, much time has been spent at our meetings and much outside effort on the part of Nick Bickle has been devoted to creating a form which a prayer group can use to request funds for activities promoting the Renewal.  It is still a work in progress, but once it has been approved by the Core Team, the form will be sent to Prayer Group Leaders.

Deacon Werner Rose with some assistance from Sharon Reiter, has begun working on new By-laws.  In view of our restructuring, clarification of how we promote the Renewal needs to be established.  Deacon also wants the By-laws to define the organizational structure of the CCRMD for any and all concerned. This too is an on-going project at the biweekly Core Team meetings.

Early on, Delia reported on a couple of joint meetings held by the leaders of the Hispanic Prayer Groups. They have since organized themselves, giving each person a particular responsibility. IT was mentioned that they were excited about a National Hispanic Conference slated in Florida in April, and they were preparing for a joint Hispanic Festival of Praise to be held in August at the Church of the Resurrection.

The joint group asked Delia to relay to the Core Team their wish to find a reasonably priced location to continue their Life in the Spirit Retreats.  And then, week by week, the Covid issues negated each plan.  In the meantime, Deacon Werner Rose contacted Deacon Ernie Albonetti who is in charge of Our Lady of Peace Retreat Center regarding costs for using the Center as a possible LIS venue. A meeting to discuss the minimum pricing is pending.

 

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Prayers of the Faithful:

        8-7-21 Bill Hart

Lift Bill Hart up in prayer. He’s been admitted to Baptist Collierville with chest pain and difficulty breathing.  He’s been struggling with lung cancer

        8-7-21 RUDY BERNIL

MOM PASSED AWAY AROUND 10 AM (pst) in CA. She was in pain and must have gone quickly.  She was in her 90’s..  Do keep Rudy and family in your prayers.  She loved Mama Mary and prayed the Rosary much.  Our Lady took her home to be with Jesus on this 1st Saturday devotion.

        8-7-21 DIANE ACKERMAN

Prayers of Thanksgiving –  Her mother DID NOT have cancer, (THANKS TO YOUR PRAYERS) Doctors are treating her for  PTL.

        6-16-21 Fran Moore –

               In lock down for 2 weeks because of a positive test                          
               among the staff

        4-15-21 Alex Reider –

               For Healing

 

3-26-21 Diane Ackerman

Diane is in the hospital she has a tear in the colon and she wanted me to pass along to the prayer group to pray for her. Surgeon will determine if tear require surgery. She has infection in stomach and being treated with antibiotics buy IV. Please pass along to everyone else in the group. Thanks 

+2-16-21 Peter Roman Rose R.I.P

Please keep my younger brother Peter (Pete) Roman Rose in your prayers. He passed away from multiple Health Issues in New York this evening. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen. I thank the Lord for his merciful touch on him and me throughout the past week… I will miss him!

1-26-21 Pray for Deacon Walt Bolton.

On  January 26, in the middle of the day, Deacon Walt was attacked by two teenagers as he was coming out of St. John’s Church.  He sustained injuries to his face as they took his car keys.  But within a couple of blocks of the church, the police apprehended the boys, but by then they had rammed the car into a fence;  we do not know the condition of the car.
Deacon Werner talked to Deacon Walt and says that he seemed calm, but he is concerned about the boys and he is praying for them.  He told Deacon Werner that he is offering up his injuries for the souls in purgatory.
So please pray for Deacon Walt’s healing and for the boys’ conversions.  But also offer prayers of thanksgiving that the situation was not worse.  God Bless!

~ Sharon ~ Associate Liaison & Communications Chairperson for the CCRMD

+1/3/21 Terry Wright – R.I.P.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/memphis-tn/teresa-wright-9982997

I had the joy of being Jim and Terry Wright’s Pastor for 16 years. Terry was a giant of faith, a  powerful advocate for the charismatic renewal, a wonderful mother/GM, one who took seriously Vatican II’s call to lay ministry and leadership,  a good friend.
Terry, pray for us from your high place in heaven!
Msgr. Al Kirk (Pastor Emeritus: Church of the Holy Spirit)

Another spirit-filled founding member has gone on to be with the Lord Jesus.  Memphis is gaining a lot of Charismatic Saints in heaven to intercede for the rest of us below.  I will send a MASS card from the Renewal and one from the St. Louis Prayer Group which is still meeting on Sunday afternoons at 2:40.   PTL.   Carlene Inzer

———- Forwarded Message ———-
From: michael lenahan <halenahan@att.net>
Subject: Re: Passing of Terry Wright
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2021 11:41:17 -0600

Terry and Jim Wright were amazing Catholics. They were leaders in the Renewal for many, many years. I may be incorrect, but I do believe that they were the founders of the St. Louis Prayer Group.

Years ago when I made my first Life in the Spirit Seminar, the Leaders were Terry and Jim. Also at the seminar we’re Msgr. Clunan, Msgr. Helmer, Father Carl Hood, Father Jim Martell, Ralph and Gwen Seng. Over 100 people were baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Both Msgrs. were great supporters of the Renewal.
Larry and Mary Wright lead the music.
It’s very sad to have Terry pass. She’s been a contributing member of the Servants of the Upper Room. She and Flo Piano led a prayer ministry at St. Louis for years. Now, they are in Heaven praying for us together once again.
Great people, Great servants of the Lord.
Helen Michael Lenahan Holy Spirit Prayer Group Leaders (at OLPH)

+12/29/20 Linda McGee – R.I.P.

Please pray for the repose of Linda’s soul. She passed away Monday, December 28, 2020, after a 5 week fight with COVID.
Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to:
Mr. Glenn McGee
418 Cairn Cove
Cordova, TN 38018.
(Her husband is Glenn McGee, daughter, Laura, and son, Eric)

12/11/20 The Bickels  – In Thanksgiving

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Leah and Nick Bickel both have gotten the results of the COVID-19 Molecular Test. We both have been found to be negative.

12/1/20 Bill Hart –

Update 12/12/20 – He and his wife, Nancy, are still suffering from the effects of COVID. Nancy has a great deal of fatigue. Bill is still coughing. Thankfully neither have needed hospitalization.

+11/22/20  Bill Platten – R.I.P.

Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Bill Platten, (who passed away from COVID) and for his wife Rene’ and family. Bill was head of Fishers of Men and a supporter of Men’s Morning of Spirituality.

12/28/20 John Rose

Thanksgiving-After testing positive, tested negative after mandatory quarantine.

9/19/20 Dc. Werner & Provie

Prayers-Special Intentions

9/17/20 Mills Vautrot, Sr. –

Prayers-Health Concern

9/16/20 Helen Lenehan –

Prayers-For Health Improvement

9/16/20 Mike Lenehan –

Thanksgiving-Recovery for Prostate Cancer

Joe Londino –

Unspecified

6/17/20 – Provie Rose

Thanksgiving-Provie would like to thank all for prayers, during her bout with Shingles. Hoping for complete leg recovery.

Julia Cervantes –

Unspecified

+8/6/20  Mike Yarbrough – R.I.P.

Prayers-Please pray for the Repose of Mike Yarbrough’s Soul due to COVID. Also for the family for peace, reconciliation, and healing. 
Sympathy Cards may be sent to:
Mrs. Carol Yarbrough and Family, 529 South Main, Covington, TN. 38019.
Received this message from Carol Yarbrough’s sister Becky.  The family is asking that food, groceries, cards, money, gift cards, etc, be sent to Coleman address (see below).  Please pass this inf. on to others.
THANKS  Jane Wegner
Thank you all so very much for the thoughts, prayers and good vibes for my sister Carol Yarbrough and her husband Mike Yarbrough.