Charismatic Prayer Group (Español)

Charismatic prayer groups have been present in the diocese for nearly 50 years. Charismatic refers to the word “charism,” or gift of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Charismatic Renewal, which officially began in 1967 at a college in Pennsylvania, places a strong emphasis on being open to the action of God’s Spirit and expressing charisms to grow the church, as early Christians did at Pentecost. Recent popes have spoken in support of the renewal.

Elements of charismatic prayer meetings include praise and worship, testimonies, the discernment of spiritual gifts, Scripture, teaching and intercessory prayer. There is often quiet time, with people being encouraged to listen to what the Lord is saying to them. Some will sense that God has a message of encouragement, exhortation or consolation for the group, and will feel moved to speak this out.

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"The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith."

 Acts 6:7 NASB