Nearly 600 people, including more than 230 youth, attended the sixth annual Holy Spirit Conference sponsored by Catholic Charismatic Services in the Diocese of Raleigh. The weekend event, with the theme “A Call to Holiness,” began Friday night, October 28, 2011, at the North Raleigh Hilton, and featured prayer, music, Eucharistic adoration, a healing service and teaching from nationally known speakers. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge was the principal celebrant and homilist at the closing Mass on Sunday.
Speakers included Jim “Butch” Murphy, author and member of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service, who acted as emcee and also addressed the gathering on “What Does It Mean to Be Holy?” Ralph Martin, Catholic Charismatic evangelist, and Fr. Edward Wolanski, CP, Parochial Vicar at St. Peter Greenville, were also featured speakers at the event.
The Most Reverend Sam Jacobs, Bishop of Houma-Thibodeaux, gave two talks, “What Is the Spirit Saying to the Church Today?” and “Empowered by Ministry.”
“Let us be who we are called to be,” Bishop Jacobs said. “Baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire, let us act in the power and fire of love as zealous men and women of God. Let us go forth with the anointing of the Spirit to bring forth the Kingdom of God with signs and wonders as our credentials.”
In his homily at Mass on Sunday, Bishop Burbidge urged those in attendance to “ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in all our endeavors. We pray for the grace to remember that the path to holiness is all about testimony, not titles; humility, not hypocrisy; service, not salary.
“If we live this way,” the Bishop concluded, “then in God’s infinite love and mercy, He will say to us on the day we are called home: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Come and inherit the dwelling place prepared for you from the beginning of time.’”
For more information about the Charismatic Renewal in the Diocese of Raleigh, go to http://www.dioceseofraleigh.org/how/renewal/.
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Above: The Most Reverend Sam Jacobs, Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, LA, giving one of two talks at Holy Spirit Conference October 28.
Below: Mr. Russell Hoyt, Youth Minister at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Raleigh, at one of the sessions for more than 250 young people who attended the conference.