Annual Charismatic Rally set for May 26
Creating the Culture of Pentecost will be the theme of the seventh annual Charismatic Rally to be held May 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus of St. Raphael Church, 3500 South Broad St., Hamilton.
The rally will include conference speaker, Father Bill Halbing, pastor of St. Antoninus Parish, Newark. Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1982, Father Halbing has been in the Charismatic Renewal since 1975 and is a much sought after Scripture teacher. He has been a guest speaker at National Charismatic Conferences in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Denver, Florida and Idaho. He has also been the guest speaker at youth conferences at the Franciscan University at Steubenville, Ohio; tent revival meetings; days of recollection; parish missions; children’s Bible conferences, and has traveled to Guyana and Eastern Europe to preach God’s work. Father Halbing holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. From Seton Hall University, South Orange, he holds a master of divinity degree which he received in 1982, and a master’s degree in Judeo/Christian studies which he was awarded in 2000.
The rally will also include: an afternoon men’s track which will be facilitated by Gez Ford; a women’s track to be hosted by Colleen Kelly-Rayner of St. Veronica Parish, Howell; an all-day Children’s Ministry track for children age three to 12, and an all-day Life Teen Track for teenagers. Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will also be on hand to celebrate Mass. Father Jeffrey Kegley, pastor of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish and diocesan liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, will be in attendance.
Ford is a 45-year-old husband and father. He has served the Church for more than 24 years as an international retreat master, conference speaker and worship leader. He has worked with men in recovery and is founder of the Tabor and Carmel Residential Recovery Houses in Trenton. Ford leads the Men’s Ministry in St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish as well as the LifeTeen Youth Ministry.
Kelly-Rayner, who is married and the mother of twins, is a full time Catholic lay evangelist. Although she was baptized, she had not completed her Sacraments of Initiation. In 1991, Kelly-Rayner had a major conversion in Medjugorje and at age 24, she entered the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and was confirmed and received Holy Communion at the following Easter Vigil. Kelly-Rayner left her job as a corporate trainer for a restaurant chain to pursue working in ministry; she went from a parish youth minister to a retreat coordinator to becoming a national speaker. She travels and speaks at conferences, retreats, schools, parishes, diocesan events, and many other venues in the United States and Canada. She is a member of St. Veronica Parish, Howell.
Registration fee is $15 per adult; $10 for teens, and $40 per family. No admission fee for children.
On-line registration is available at www.dotccr.org.
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