Catholic Charismatic Conference set for April 1-3
“His Mercy Reigns” will be the theme of the annual Southern Regional Conference of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal April 1-3 at the Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel in Metairie.
The conference theme is taken from the Chris Tomlin song, “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” and it is an echo of the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. This will be the 40th charismatic conference, which has drawn thousands since 1977.
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond said his prayer for conference attendees was that they “come to accept God’s mercy more deeply and extend that gift of mercy to others in our daily lives.”
Conference speakers include Michelle Moran of England, president of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services, based at the Vatican; Father Mark Goring, director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston; Father Josh Johnson, a priest of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, who has experience in youth and TV ministry; Deacon Larry Oney, a businessman who is an evangelistic preacher nationally and internationally, and his wife, Andi Oney, who is a scriptural teacher with an anointing in prayer and praise.
The conference begins April 1 at 7 p.m. and concludes April 3 with 11 a.m. Mass. Single-session registrations are available.
A pre-conference Mass of Intercession, celebrated by Father Goring, will be April 1 at 3:30 p.m.
A special feature of this year’s conference will be two separate tracks, one for youth on Friday night and Saturday, and another for adults. The Joyful Noise music ministry, led by Joe Polito, will provide music in the adult track. NoLoudRocks, a youth band led by Leslie Bertucci, will provide music for the youth track.
A large Divine Mercy image from Poland, gifted by Sister Briege McKenna, will be venerated on stage.
The opening session of the conference in the adult track will include a welcome by Al Mansfield, conference chairman; a testimony by Casey Sprehe; and a keynote talk by Moran on the theme, “His Mercy Reigns.”
In the youth track, there will be a talk on “Mercy and the Prodigal Son,” followed by Late Night Worship, with praise and eucharistic adoration. Both adults and youth are invited to take part in the Late Night Worship.
The session on April 2 will begin with a 9 a.m. Mass celebrated by Father Johnson. In the adult track, Father Johnson will speak on “Divine Mercy” according to the revelations to St. Faustina.
The youth track will focus on “Mercy and the Holy Spirit.”
Moran will offer an adult workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. on “Mother of Mercy,” and Father Goring will follow with “Remembering His Mercy: A Testimony.” The recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will follow, and personal prayer ministry will be available.
The youth track on Saturday afternoon will be devoted to talks and prayer to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, in accord with Pope Francis’ mandate to share the baptism in the Spirit with all in the church.
The Saturday night session will feature a skit by the youth ministry, a talk by Moran on “Like A Flood,” and a mini-concert “Praise Party” by Joyful Noise.
On Sunday at 9 a.m., Deacon Oney and his wife will lead a talk and healing session, followed by a eucharistic healing service, procession and benediction led by Father Bill Henry. Father Goring will be celebrant and homilist at the concluding Divine Mercy Sunday Mass at 11 a.m.
Discounts are available for pre-registration. No pre-registration is needed for single sessions or the Saturday afternoon family session.
All priests, religious brothers and sisters, deacons and their families are invited to attend the conference at no charge, but pre-registration is requested.
All conference sessions will take place in the Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel.