NEW ORLEANS – The annual Southern Regional Conference of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal scheduled for March 16 - 18 will be held at the Copeland Tower Suites and Conference Center (formerly Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel) in Metairie. The conference theme is “I Am the Lord Your Healer,” based on Exodus 15:26, wherein the Lord promises healing to the Israelites conditional upon their obedience.
Conference speakers include the following: Fr. Mark Goring, Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center in Houston; Bob Canton, who has an international charismatic healing ministry; Johnnette Benkovic, Founder and President of Women of Grace, with a media ministry on EWTN television and radio; Danny Abramowicz, former NFL player and coach who is the Founder and President of Crossing the Goal Ministries. Others featured will be international speakers and authors Deacon Larry and Andi Oney; as well as Patti Mansfield, who was present at the Duquesne Weekend, which marked the beginning of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
Conference attendees are encouraged to use the Copeland Tower Suites and Conference Center as their hotel for the Conference. To book a room for the weekend, go to www.ccrno.org/bookhotel or call 504-888-9500 and mention the Catholic Charismatic Conference to receive the special rate.
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond encourages this event with these words: “I am pleased to invite you to the Annual Catholic Charismatic Conference in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The conference is a sacred opportunity to gather in prayer, conversation, and reflection on our call to discipleship. In order to truly be open to the movements of the Holy Spirit, we need to journey together in faith. Your theme, “I Am the Lord Your Healer,” reminds us that the Lord Jesus is our healer of body, mind, and spirit. May we invite him into our lives to extend his healing power.”
The conference begins on Friday, March 16 at 7:00 pm and concludes on Sunday, March 18, with an 11:00 am Mass. Everyone is welcome to attend the conference for a single session or for the full weekend. On Friday at 3:30 pm, there will be a pre-conference Mass of Intercession with Fr. Anthony Odiong, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua parish in Luling, Louisiana, as celebrant and homilist.
The Joyful Noise music ministry, led by Lynn Mondt, which has provided music at the Conference for over 25 years, will lead music. NoLoudRocks, a youth band led by Leslie Bertucci, will provide music for the Late Night Worship and Family Session. Also, Sr. Briege McKenna has gifted CCRNO with a large Divine Mercy Image from Poland that will be venerated on stage during the Conference.
The opening session of the conference will include a welcome by Deacon Larry Oney; a greeting by Archbishop Aymond; and the Keynote Talk by Bob Canton. At 10:00 pm Late Night Worship will begin in the Ballroom, with praise and Eucharistic Adoration. Both adults and youth are invited to take part in the Late Night Worship.
The session Saturday, March 17, will begin with 9:00 am Mass celebrated by Fr. Mark Goring. There will be a testimony by Timmy McCaffery and a talk by Johnnette Benkovic entitled, “The Lord is Close to the Brokenhearted” (Ps. 34 :19).
On Saturday, from 2:00 pm till 5:00 pm in the main ballroom, there will be workshops. The first is entitled, “The Lion of Judah Conquers” by Fr. Mark Goring. Following this at 3:00 pm, Bob Canton will lead a session in which he will speak and pray for healing. Prayer teams will be available for those wish to receive prayer.
On Saturday afternoon, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, the Young Adult Session will take place with the theme, “The Scriptural and Theological Foundation of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal,” given by Timmy McCaffery. There is no charge for this session only, which will be held in the newly-renovated Copeland Tower with a panoramic view of the city.
The Saturday night session will feature a sharing by Danny Abramowicz, well-known in New Orleans from his time with the Saints. Johnnette Benkovic will speak on “Abundant Life in the Spirit.” Empowerment Ministry will follow, led by Patti Mansfield and Andi Oney. This will be followed by a mini-concert by Joyful Noise.
On Sunday morning at 9:00 am there will be a talk and healing session. There will be a testimony by Willie Leonard and a talk by Bob Canton. This will be followed by a Eucharistic Healing Service, Procession and Benediction led by Fr. Bill Henry. Fr. Mark Goring will be celebrant and homilist of the Mass, which will begin at 11:00 am. The conference will conclude before lunch.
Seating is limited and early registration is encouraged. Discounts are available for pre-registration. No pre-registration is needed for single sessions or the Saturday afternoon family session. All priests, religious brothers and sisters, deacons and their families are invited to attend the conference at no charge, but pre-registration is requested. The fee schedule is as follows: individual adult $60 ($70 on site); married couple $80 ($90 on site); family same household $90 ($100 on site); single sessions $25 on site; youth participation to age 30, apart from family registration, only $20; All Day Saturday $50. Registration online is encouraged.