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“The Gifting of the Holy Spirit” Renewal Conference Set for Topsham on October 7

                    Charismatic Renewal Conference Drew Over 330 People in 2016

TOPSHAM---A conference designed to be a hands-on experience for participants to receive inspiration, prayer, and practice with the gifts of the Holy Spirit is being planned for Saturday, October 7, at the Sky-Hy Conference and Renewal Center in Topsham.

“The Gifting of the Holy Spirit” Renewal Conference will feature prayer workshops, discussions, group activities, and a healing service with Fr. Richard Rice, diocesan liaison between Bishop Robert P. Deeley and Charismatic Renewal in Maine.

The keynote speaker will be Deacon Al Burleigh, the 2016 recipient of the Monsignor Charles Murphy Deacon of the Year Award (pictured, right). Since 2013, Deacon Burleigh has worked as an outreach specialist for Catholic Charities Maine’s Parish Social Ministry, serving northern and central parts of the state. He has worked with parishes on nearly 30 direct service ministries and has started five new ministries, training more than 900 parishioners. He will share his wonderful story of encountering Jesus and discuss the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

In 2016, over 330 people attended the renewal conference. This year, the conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude with the healing service at 3:30 p.m. Mass will follow the healing service.

Admission is $10, which will pay for lunch (salad and sandwich buffet with gluten-free or wheat bread). Participants can also bring their own lunch if they wish.

To register, send your name, address, phone number, the name of your local church, and any special needs you might have to or mail the information to: Jennifer LaPierre, 24 West Hill Road, Gardiner, ME 04345. Interested parties can also submit their information via phone at (207) 446-8153. If you require overnight housing, call (207) 725-7577.

Registration on the day of the conference is also available starting at 7:30 a.m. The conference is sponsored by the Diocese of Portland’s Office of Charismatic Renewal.