The New Jersey Catholic Charismatic Conference will be welcoming Encounter Ministries to its annual conference, with a focus on encouraging Catholics to be more effective ministers of healing in the world.

The conference, which will be livestreamed, is scheduled for May 21-22 in St. Mary Mother of God Church, Middletown. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tickets for in-person participation will be limited, so early registration is encouraged.

The conference will include keynote addresses, fellowship, the celebration of Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and a Healing Service the evening of May 22.  The Healing Service will be open to the public, said Father Jeffrey Kegley, diocesan liaison for Charismatic Renewal and conference chairman.

Patrick Reis, Encounter Ministries’ executive director, and Ryan Mahle, director of Satellite Campuses, will be the keynote speakers. Encounter Ministries is a nonprofit whose aim is evangelization and empowering “disciples to love like Jesus,” according to its website.

Reis, a father of six, is an internationally known speaker who was featured in the 2017 documentary “Fearless” as well as 2019’s “Revive.” He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and a master of arts degree from Holy Apostles College & Seminary, based in Cromwell, Conn.

Mahle speaks around the country at youth events and has experience as a high school theology teacher, parish youth minister, and managing director for evangelization in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. In addition to being the president of Encounter Ministries of Southwest Ohio, he is a father of six children and pursuing graduate studies in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

One of goals of this year’s conference is to ensure it serves and ministers to the entire family, Father Kegley said. There will be a children’s ministry to assist younger families.

The New Jersey Catholic Charismatic Conference is the longest teaching conference in Charismatic Renewal in the United States, with workshops and activations that complements the keynote talks at the general conference gatherings. 

To register, visit www.DOTCCR.org or call 732-671-0071, ext. 221. The suggested donation for the conference is $50.  The church is located at 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road, Middletown.