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Renewal convention Sept. 23

August 31, 2017

In the hollow of the 50th anniversary of the charismatic renewal and the church’s current renewal of its dedication to Our Lady, the charismatic renewal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco meets for its 20th conference Sept. 23 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. “A Mighty Outpouring of the Holy Spirit,” a daylong event commencing at 8:30 a.m. and finishing with a 7 p.m. Mass, begins with a dedication of the conference to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The day also includes speakers, praise from local worship groups and a healing service. There is a $15 admission fee to help cover costs. On site meals are available for purchase.

“One of the strengths of the San Francisco renewal is its diversity and unity,” Deacon Ernie von Emster, a St. Carlos Parish, San Carlos, member and an officer of the renewal, told Catholic San Francisco. “Talks will be presented in Spanish, English and Vietnamese and the three communities come together in the liturgies.”

Catholic Charismatic Renewal celebrates in 2017 its golden jubilee of the launching of the project at a retreat of college students at Duquesne University in 1967. “The impact of the outpouring of the Spirit spread like wildfire throughout the United States and the world,” Deacon von Emster said. “Today over 200 million persons have experienced a baptism in the Holy Spirit.”

Pope Francis has spoken to the world about the renewal, Deacon von Emster said. “Pope Francis is telling us that we are to encourage the whole church to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Visit www.SFSpirit.com.

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