“At the heart of Charismatic renewal is Pentecost, it is to live the life of Pentecost of the world and spread it,” Mrs Michelle Moran, president of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) said.
She was speaking to a 400-strong crowd who attended the New Pentecost for New Evangelisation rally at the Church of the Risen Christ on March 15. The event was organised by the Singapore Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
Mrs Moran, who comes from the United Kingdom, added, “Stop giving testimonies of what the Lord has done in your life in the past. Start giving testimonies of how He has touched your life this week.”
Kkottongnae Br James Shin from South Korea also spoke during the event, as a council member of ICCRS and committee member of ICCRS Sub-committee for Asia-Oceania (ISAO).
He shared his experiences in the medical profession before he became a volunteer doctor for three years and later joined the Congregation of Kkottongnae Brothers of Jesus as a Religious.
“I have no wife, no children, no money, not even time to rest,” Br James said about the time when he was a volunteer doctor. “But I received the message from God – happy are those who are poor in spirit.” That means to “give everything until you cannot give anymore”, he added.
Mr Cyril John from India in his talk informed the crowd of the many initiatives that are currently being planned, including a University of Holy Spirit in Rome “for people to come and specialise in Charismatic renewal”.
There was also a healing service during the rally, as well as a praise and worship session at the start of the event. Rev Dr Lorna Khoo from Aldersgate Methodist Church was also present at the event.
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes parishioner Mr Jayanath Perera, 53, said, “It was a very beautiful evening [and] Mrs Moran was very inspiring.”
Mr Gerald Tan, 25, from the Church of the Risen Christ told CatholicNews that the rally was “very refreshing, [my] engine’s recharged to move forward with my life”.
Mrs Liana Santoso, 48, from Church of St Bernadette said, “I loved it, am always looking forward to SACCRE events.”
Church of St Stephen parishioner Mr Alphonsus Wee, 49, said he enjoyed the rally, adding that “there should be more new evangelisation events in the Church”.
By Clara Lai