‘In the name of Jesus’ institute theme

Summer institute runs Aug. 9-14 in Seton House, Kelowna


‘In the Name of Jesus’ is the theme of the seventh annual Our Lady of Pentecost Summer Institute, to be held Aug. 9-14 in Kelowna.


Featured speakers are Most Rev. Bishop Sam Jacobs and Father Gerald Sekanga.


Most Rev. Bishop Sam Jacobs was born in Mississippi, USA. He graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Masters Degree in Philosophy as well as a Masters Degree in Education/Administration. Bishop Jacobs was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lafayette in 1964 where he served as pastor, chaplain, and associate pastor of several parishes there and also in the Diocese of Lake Charles. He has served as chairman of the National Service Committee for the Charismatic Renewal and diocesan director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Diocese of Lake Charles. As well he has served as the Chairman of USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Catholic Charismatic Renewal.  Bishop Jacobs was appointed the tenth bishop of Alexandria in 1989 and was installed as the third bishop of Houma-Thibodaux in 2003. He retired in October of 2013 and is now the bishop emeritus of Houma-Thibodaux. He celebrated 50 years of priesthood on June 6, 2014, and marks 25 years of episcopacy on August 24, 2014.


Fr. Gerald Sekanga has recently returned to the Diocese of Nelson after studying Canon Law in Ontario. He works well with youth, preaches well and has an amazing interest in study. He is very much the philosopher with a discerning spirit. He has a passion for all things of the Lord, is a very popular priest in the diocese and exudes wisdom beyond his years.


The institute is sponsored by the Nelson Diocese Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service Committee, and is endorsed by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services of B.C.

The program will begin with Sunday evening Mass Aug. 9 and conclude Friday, Aug. 14, with lunch. Presentations and discussions will take place each day, with a healing Mass Monday evening and other worship events Tuesday and Thursday evening. Wednesday evening is free time.


The summer institute has been based at Seton House since its founding in 2009, but in the past most daily sessions have been held in parish churches elsewhere in the city. Due to space limitations, registration will be limited to 45 participants, with lodging at Seton House available for 30. Some billeting may also be available.

Cost until July 15 is $500 including lodging and all meals; $275 for the week for commuters; or $100 per day. Those fees increase to $550, $325 and $125 after July 15. Cancellations by Aug. 1 will receive a refund less $25 cancellation fee.


Clergy and religious may attend for free, but registration is required.

For registration, information, or billeting, call Maria, 250-707-1423. Full payment must accompany registration.