Boston's Catholic Charismatic prayer groups celebrated 50 years of renewal in the Holy Spirit on September 8 and 9, 2017.
They gathered at the Betania II Retreat Center in Medway, Massachusetts for a multicultural conference with English, Spanish, and Portuguese language tracks and joint sessions for all. The track teachers featured Peter Herbeck from EWTN and Renewal ministries, Padre John Mario Montoya from Columbia, and Padre Gleuson Gomes from Brazil. Bishop Sosthène Léopold Bayemi Matjei of Obala, Cameroon presided at the opening and closing Masses.
During the opening Mass Janice Filippi, Director of Chrismatic Renewal Services for the Archdioces of Boston (CRS Boston), welcomed everyone. She then introduced the members of CRS Boston's ethnic leadership teams and thanked them for their service of building the grace of Pentecost in their communities.
Clergy attending the conference included:
Father Michael McNamara
Father Albert McPherson AA
Father Vincent Agutamba from Uganda
Father Miguel Consalves El es chego Rio DeJanero
Father John Mario Montoya from Columbia
Father Gleuson Gomes from Brazil
Father Gerry Osterman
Father Jean from Cameroon
Father Marcel Uwineza from Rwanda
Deacon Alvaro Soares
Deacon Thomas from the first class of deacons in the Archdiocese of Boston
Deacon Edwardo Maura
Father Robert Carr gave the opening Mass homily.
Word gifts from the conference can be read on this Blog: http://crsboston.com/index.php/en/blog