SINGAPORE – A five-day charismatic conference held in Jakarta was "a wonderful and awesome experience", said a Singaporean delegate, Magdalene Yun, from Living Stones Campus Outreach. She was at the Sep 14-18
First Asia-Oceania Catholic Charismatic Renewal Leader’s Conference organised by the Asia-
Oceania sub-committee of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS).
Ms Yun, one of the few youth present, shared that she had the opportunity to interact with leaders from all over Asia and Oceania "to gain their perspective which is crucial for the young adults and youth groups".
Among those who participated were laypeople, priests, religious and bishops from the region including Archbishop Nicholas Chia. Father Henry Siew, who attended the conference, said,
"What struck me is the importance of encouraging, and building up the youth in the (charismatic movement). It’s essential to include them in the planning and decision making, while not forgetting to provide training for them."
"The conference had also reminded me that a Catholic is meant to live life in the spirit," he added. "The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is not just a prayer group but a way of church revival, to renew the life of every member and to empower him to serve and evangelise."
Conference programmes included Eucharistic celebrations, Adoration, the sacrament of reconciliation, workshops, and plenty of praise and worship. There was also healing and ministering during which participants were prayed over before they ministered to over 7,000 Indonesians in a "Revival and Healing Rally" the next day.
Singaporeans can experience the Jakarta spirit at a a three-night rally at Church of the Risen Christ from Jan 6-8.
The rally is being organised by the Asia-Oceania sub-committee with Singapore Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal (SACCRE).
Bishop Joe Grech from Melbourne will be the main speaker and celebrant. He has spoken at international seminars, retreats and rallies, as well as at World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney. He has been an ICCRS Council member since 2001.