Addressing what it means to be spiritually deaf and learning to focus on hearing the voice of the Lord in one’s life will be the focus of a two-day Encounter Ministries Prophetic Boot Camp Conference scheduled for Oct. 29-30 in Memorial Hall of St. Mary Parish, Middletown.

Sponsored by the Diocese of Trenton Catholic Charismatic Renewal and Encounter Ministries of New Jersey, the conference will provide participants to be equipped to hear God’s voice more clearly  through training and activating the prophetic Gifts of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Based on the curriculum of the Encounter School of Ministry, participants will experience two days of activation-based learning in a safe and relational environment grounded in teaching that is faithful to the Church.

Presenter Patrick Reis, executive director of Encounter Ministries, serves in the ministries of evangelization, healing, prophetic ministry, contemplative prayer and Christian unity. He ministers and speaks at conferences internationally and was featured in the 2017 groundbreaking “Fearless” documentary and the 2019 “Revive” documentary. He is married and the father of six children.

Also presenting is Deacon Russ Feldkamp, director of Encounter School of Ministry, Cincinnati Campus. He is a charismatic servant-leader whose passion is to walk with Christians as they seek a real encounter with Jesus Christ. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and took a commission in the Marine Corps, serving as an artillery officer. He left the Marine Corps in 1997, returned to Cincinnati, graduated from the Athenaeum of Ohio and was ordained a deacon in 2010. He recently retired to spend more time in ministry and serves as a preacher, teacher and speaker inside and outside the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He is married and the father of two daughters.

“The hope is that attendees would experience a great acceleration in ministry and walk away with years’ worth of tools and ideas for equipping in the prophetic gifts and building a prophetic culture in the Church,” Father Jeffrey Kegley, pastor of St. Mary Parish and diocesan liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Father Kegley recounted a quote recently made by Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles in a recent Instagram post: “We, in our culture, are often deaf to the voice of God. Deaf to this higher voice that speaks a divine, spiritual truth. That speaks of eternal moral values. That speaks of the existence, and demand, and invitation of God. We’re deaf to that voice … We are inarticulate in our capacity to express these truths. Because we can’t hear them, we can’t speak them.”

In response to that quote, Father Kegley said, “What is the antidote to this deafness; to this spiritual disease of not hearing the voice of the Lord as he promised his sheep will? Christians who know the Shepherd and know his voice and the language of the Holy Spirit.”

The Encounter Prophetic Boot Camp will be an in-person event and will also be livestreamed on the Youtube channel: Diocese of Trenton Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Suggested donation is $50 per person. To register and for more information about hotel accommodations and a schedule, visit DOTCCR.org or call 732-671-0071, ext. 221. St. Mary Parish is located at 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road, Middletown.