Summer Institute draws B.C. leaders

More than 60 charismatic Catholics turned out to St. Charles Garnier parish in Kelowna Aug. 14-19 for the third annual Our Lady of Pentecost Summer Institute.

Theme for the Catholic charismatic leadership formation event was Revisiting Pentecost, with Father Don Wilson of Kelowna, Father Bart van Roijen of Sparwood, John Connelly of Burns Lake, and Deacon Armand Danis of Thunder Bay, Ont., as featured speakers.

Also on the schedule were daily Mass; praise and worship; panel discussions and other audience participation activities; evening prayer gatherings; and the sacrament of reconciliation.

The event was sponsored by the Nelson Diocese Charismatic Renewal Service Committee, with the endorsement of Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services of B.C., and letters of greeting from all five B.C. bishops. Alanet MacKinnon and Madeleine Allen were co-ordinators, with Gladys Miller as MC and Johanna Tournemille, Laurette Hamoline, Gladys Miller and Roy MacIntyre leading music.

A total of 45 people attended full-time, with another 18 attending for at least part of the institute. The total was an increased of 15 people from last year’s institute.

Next year’s summer institute will be held in Kelowna Aug. 12-17, with sessions at St. Charles Garnier and opening Mass and accommodations at St. Elizabeth Seton House of Prayer. More details will be available in our spring newsletter.

For more information call Gladys Miller, 250-442-8589, or  

—Summer Institute stories by Richard Dunstan

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