We’re taking a ‘Fallow’ year for 2019.
'Fallow' hardly describes our very active state, actually!
The Holy Spirit is certainly guiding us down here in the South West in a new way. The Celebrate team feel called to 'water the seedlings' which have begun to grow so strongly as a result of South West Celebrate Weekend.
The theme for all Celebrate weekends this year is "Be strong and courageous! For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" Joshua 1:9 (NLT). We have felt called to be ‘bold and courageous’ by doing something different! We have planned:
A time to come together as a Celebrate community in a variety of informal ways in different parts of the diocese;
A time to build up one another, and to invite friends and family to 'come and see';
A time to grow in our giftings and go deeper with the Lord.
After this, we will be ready to ‘Go with greater strength’ into our next Celebrate Weekend, which will take place on 10th/11th October 2020.
So far, we have enjoyed a 'Celebrate' Mass in Plymouth in May, and four parishes across the diocese are currently running the CaFE course ‘The Gift’ or Life in the Spirit Seminars. Next, we are planning a Pentecost Praise Tea Party on Sunday, 9th June, at St. Boniface House in Ashburton.
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Who were our 2018 Speakers?
Maria is married to Alex. They have four children aged from 4 to 14 and live in Northampton. She is currently the Chair of the National Service Committee for Charismatic Renewal (NSC) and is employed as a parish pastoral worker in her home parish. Maria has a PhD in Theology, for which she studied at St. Mary's University, Twickenham. Her research focuses on how parishes can become more missionary. Over the last twenty years Maria has worked in various ministries in the Church and is an experienced and engaging teacher, having given talks to a wide variety of groups.
Fr. Oscar Ardila
Fr. Oscar was born and raised in Colombia. He trained and worked as an actor before moving to London, where he felt the Lord calling him to the priesthood. “Christ was calling me to lend my body to the Church in order to act in His own person; to proclaim His Word and to see how the Holy Spirit worked, renewing humanity.” He served as deacon for a year at Westminster Cathedral before ordination in 2014, and is now Assistant Priest at St. Peter’s, Crownhill, as well as Chaplain to Missio Ad Gentes of the Neochatecumenal Way, based in Plymouth.
Charles is an international speaker and author, addressing audiences from Australia to Norway and many points in between. He is a past president of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (during which time he had an office in the Vatican and enjoyed regular meetings with Pope John Paul II), and a life member of the English National Service Committee. Charles and his wife Sue are the founders of Celebrate.