Speakers set for July 29-30 Charismatic Renewal Conference

When Catholic Charismatics from central Illinois come together in Peoria at the end of July, they will be invited to reflect on “The Father’s Promise.”

Helping them do that at the 25th annual Charismatic Renewal Conference will be Mother Adela Galindo, SCTJM, foundress of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and Aggie Neck, director of Servant House in Marksville, La.

Participants also will have the opportunity to pray with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who is scheduled to celebrate the opening Mass of the Holy Spirit on Friday, July 29, and Father Paul Burak, who will preside at a healing service and the closing Mass on Saturday, July 30.

Leading the musical praise and worship for the conference will be Mary Delgado of the Spirit of Love Disciples prayer group and a member of St. Edward’s Parish in Chillicothe.

The gathering will take place at Four Points by Sheraton, formerly the Holiday Inn City Centre, which is located at 500 Hamilton Blvd., in downtown Peoria. As they have in past years, conference organizers are working with the hotel to make space available for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the sacrament of reconciliation, prayer, and a bookstore.

Born in Nicaragua, Mother Adela celebrated her 25th anniversary of consecrated life in 2010. She founded the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary in 1990 in Miami, Fla.

Bishop Jenky welcomed the community into the Diocese of Peoria in 2008 and gave them pastoral care for Nazareth House, the diocesan retreat center in rural Henry. They also minister at John Paul II Catholic Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal, and in February another member of the community, Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, was named president and director of mission and ministry for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria.

Aggie Neck has been in full-time ministry as director of Servant House, a Catholic Charismatic house of prayer, since 1989. She was a member of the National Service Committee from 1999 to 2009 and served as chairman for seven of those 10 years.

Currently on the council to the National Service Committee, she is a member of the Southern Regional Conference Steering Committee in New Orleans and the Diocesan Service Committee in the Diocese of Alexandria, La.

Pastor at St. Michael’s Church in Orland Park and involved in charismatic renewal for more than 20 years, Father Burak was one of the keynote speakers at last year’s Charismatic Renewal Conference. He has twice served as charismatic renewal liaison to the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The registration fee for the conference is $70 for adults and $35 for full-time students (high school through college). Clergy, deacons, seminarians and religious may attend for free.

The cost for the Saturday lunch and dinner buffets is $25 for all participants. Only registrations postmarked by July 15 are eligible for meals.

Registration forms may be downloaded from the website of the Diocese of Peoria’s Office of Charismatic Renewal at ccr-cdop.org.

Rooms at Four Points by Sheraton are $75 per night and may be reserved by calling the hotel directly at (309) 674-2500 by July 15. State that you are with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference when making the reservation.

For more information about the conference, contact Jan by e-mail at jrbroers@gmail.com or by phone at (309) 274-3543.

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