Charismatic Renewal Leaders Hold National Conference in Raleigh
The annual National Charismatic Renewal Leaders’ and Ministries’ Conference concluded at the North Raleigh Hilton on Sunday, October 25, with Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge.
With the theme “Equipping for the Mission,” the three-day Conference was designed to train and inspire prayer group and other leaders and ministers in the Charismatic movement. The meeting included Mass on Saturday and Sunday, workshops, a Healing Service and an empowerment service at which those attending prayed for a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit. Tony Tucci, Raleigh’s Diocesan Liaison to the Charismatic Renewal, said that more than 500 people attended the conference, some from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge asked those at the conference to focus not only on what they are going to do for the Lord with renewed zeal, but on Jesus’ question to Bartimaeus in the Gospel: “What do you want Me to do for you?”
Perhaps, the Bishop suggested, we might want to ask Jesus for a renewed sense of gratitude, the ability to see and appreciate God’s blessings. Perhaps we might ask for freedom from a particular sin or a clearer sense of the priorities in our lives. Referring to the theme of the conference, the Bishop proposed that those at the meeting might want to ask for God’s help to see the ways in which He is providing the grace to equip them for their ministries.
Whatever we ask, the Bishop said, if we ask with the faith and trust in the Lord that Bartimaeus showed, “Then we can simply sit back and await the miracles God has in store for us.”