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Charismatic Renewal

"Tongues as of fire appeared,
which parted and came to rest on each of them.
All were filled with the Holy Spirit."
Acts 2:3-4

Charismatic Renewal invites all people to experience the Holy Spirit who opens us to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ and the love of the Father.

The Holy Spirit empowers us for personal holiness, renewed Catholic life, and evangelization.

Father Richard Rice is the diocesan liaison between Bishop Robert P. Deeley and Charismatic Renewal in the state of Maine.

Healing Service in Westbrook on October 21

Fr. Rice will lead a healing service at St. Hyacinth Church, located on 268 Brown Street in Westbrook, on Sunday, October 21, at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to join Fr. Rice and lay leaders of the renewal as they gather in prayers to ask the Holy Spirit for a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ and the love of the father.

Charismatic Renewal and Young Adults

John Beaulieu, who works in the Christian Outreach Office at Franciscan University, wrote a recent article entitled "Charismatic Renewal and Young Adults." 

To read the article, click here

Beaulieu discusses the relatinship between young adults, the Catholic Church, and the great hope this demographic holds for the Church. He also details the challenges facing the Church in reaching this group as it tries to present the fullness of the faith in a way that is "transformative and transcendent and empowering for young people to live the faith."

Beaulieu developed his passion for ministry while traveling as a missionary with NET ministries.

During his thirty years of ministry John has spoken to thousands of teens and adults each year at parish, diocesan and national events.

John lives in Steubenville, Ohio, with his wife Lisa and their five children.

by Bishop Sam Jacobs
(Reprinted from Pentecost Today)

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, we recognize with thanksgiving one of the many early fruits that God has graciously provided. The initial members, who experienced this New Pentecost, found that those with whom they shared this experience were like the crowd to whom Peter preached his first proclamation.

He proclaimed the unconditional love of the Father by sending his own divine Son as the promised Messiah, the fulfillment of the prophets in the power of the Holy Spirit. When he emphatically stated that the Jesus whom they crucified was Lord and Messiah, they asked what they should do. He responded that they, like the disciples, needed to repent, accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and to ask for the anointing gift of the Holy Spirit. This they did. They were baptized and were filled with the anointing power of the Holy Spirit. Read Full Article

 By Walter Matthews, Executive Director of National Service Committee
(Reprinted from Pentecost Today)

As we make our way to the Renewal’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee in 2017, let us pause to reflect on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal’s identity as a movement that fosters baptism in the Holy Spirit as grace for the Church.

“From the beginning of the charismatic renewal, baptism in the Spirit has been experienced as a sovereign gift of God, not dependent on any human merit or activity” (BHS p. 14). It is a life transforming grace not limited to those in the Renewal.

“The soul of Renewal—Baptism in the Holy Spirit—is a grace of Pentecostal refreshment offered to all Christians,” as Cardinal Leon Suenens wrote in 1996.

Those who were the first responders to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the “Duquesne Weekend” quickly understood that this grace was to be understood in the context of the profound renewal of Catholic life that was the heart and goal of Vatican II. They had an intense impulse to communicate this grace more widely in the Catholic Church and a clear conviction that this grace was for the renewal of the whole Church” (BHS p. 62). The ICCRS document states that, “The Catholic Charismatic Renewal too arose as an unexpected grace, a surprise of the Spirit, unplanned and without formulated goals and programs. The Renewal does not have any identifiable founder figure, although the many communities that arose within it do have founders or foundresses….The organization of the movement was subsequent to its inception” (BHS p. 14).

It is in this sense that we understand what Cardinal Suenens also wrote that “to interpret the Renewal as a ‘movement’ among other movements is to misunderstand its nature; it is a movement of the Spirit offered to the entire Church and destined to rejuvenate every part of the Church’s life.” Read Full Article

Pope Francis Address on Catholic Charismatic Renewal
37th National Convocation of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit
June 1, 2014, in Rome

"Thank you so much for your welcome. Someone must have told today’s organizers that I really like the hymn: “Jesus the Lord lives”. When I would celebrate Mass in the cathedral in Buenos Aires with the charismatic renewal, after the consecration and a few moments of adoration in tongues, we would sing this hymn with great joy and fervour, as you have today. Thank you! I felt at home!

I thank Renewal in the Spirit, ICCRS and the Catholic Fraternity for this opportunity to be with you, which is a source of great joy for me. I am grateful for the presence here of the first members of the renewal, who had an intense experience of the Holy Spirit’s power. I believe that Patty is here… You, the charismatic renewal, have received a great gift from the Lord. Your movement’s birth was willed by the Holy Spirit to be “a current of grace in the Church and for the Church”. This is your identity: to be a current of grace.

What is the very first gift of the Holy Spirit? It is the gift of himself, the one who is love and who makes us fall in love with Jesus. And this love changes our lives. That is why we speak of “being born again in the Spirit”. It is what Jesus told Nicodemus. You have received the great gift of diversity of charisms, the diversity which becomes harmony in the Holy Spirit, and in service to the Church.

When I think of charismatics, I think of the Church herself, but in a particular way: I think of a great orchestra, where all the instruments and voices are different from one another, yet all are needed to create the harmony of the music. Saint Paul speaks of this in the twelfth chapter of the First Letter to the Corinthians. As in an orchestra, no one in the renewal can think of himself or herself as being more important or greater than the others, please! Because when you think of yourselves as more important or greater, disaster is already on the horizon! No one can say: “I am the head”. Like the Church, you have only one head, one Lord: the Lord Jesus. Repeat with me: Who is the head of the renewal? The Lord Jesus! Who is the head of the renewal? [the crowd:] The Lord Jesus! And we can say this with the power given us by the Holy Spirit, since no one can say “Jesus is Lord” without the Holy Spirit."

To read or watch the full address, click here.

For more information:

Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
510 Ocean Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
Tel. (207) 773-6471