Boston's Catholic Charismatic prayer groups celebrated 50 years of renewal in the Holy Spirit on September 8 and 9, 2017.50Years

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.

A video featuring snapshots of images and music from the conference can be viewed on YouTube at

The Pilot article by Mark Labbe describing the conference can be viewed at

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.

A short video of Peter Herbeck describing the Church's renewed focus on the charismatic dimension of faith can be viewed on YouTube at

In his second talk Peter described the challenging envrironment the Church faces in the world. Yet this is the authentic call that leads us to the glory Christ won for us. Short clips from this talk can be viewed at

Peter Hervbeck's third talk about our call to Mission is summarized at

Highlights from Bishop Sosthene's talk can be viewed at


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