July 25 - 28th
The Summer Intensive is an in-person evening event that provides a survey of the content offered in the first four quarters of the Encounter School of Ministry over a four-day period. The Summer Intensive is ideal for those who are discerning their enrollment in the full Encounter School of Ministry for the Fall but would like to experience our content and culture beforehand. The content covered includes Identity & Transformation, Hearing God & the Prophetic Gifts, Power & Healing, and Inner Healing & Freedom.
Worship - Teach - Equip - Activate
Sr. Anna Chan has been in the Renewal since her teens but gave her total surrender to God 21 years ago when she became a missionary with NET Canada. After NET she moved to Ottawa and helped found a young adults ministry and volunteered at a Catholic drop-in centre. She is the Foundress and General Superior of the Servants of the Cross whose mission is evangelization. She carries degrees in Anthropology and Philosophy, and certification in Trauma and Addiction Studies. She worked as the Coordinator of Pastoral Ministries at St. Mary’s Parish where she led a flock of parish leaders for 5 years. She is an evangelizer and a leader, has a heart for parish renewal, and strives to lead the lay faithful to live their deepest identity as missionary disciples.
Fr. Francis Donnelly is a retired priest of the Companions of the Cross who carries many degrees in English, Medieval Studies, Theology, and Canon Law. Fr. Francis has been in the Renewal movements and pastoral ministries spanning 50 years, besides endless blessings. Born in Ireland, his family migrated to Montreal, Quebec where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. He was led to join the Companions of the Cross in Ottawa because of its vision of Christian renewal, charismatic ministry, evangelization, ecumenism, Marian movement, and renewal of parishes.
Natalia Lacar has been joyfully serving God's Kingdom through her anointing in prophecy and healing for more than 35 years now, in the Philippines and Canada. She is a parishioner of St. Mary's Parish, Ottawa where she serves as Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council, co-leader of the Prayer and Prophetic Ministry, and Coordinator of the Night of Worship and Ministry (an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching and healing). Natalia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication (major in Journalism, minor in Philosophy) and Master of Arts in Communication from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and Baccalaureate in Education from the University of Ottawa, Ontario. She is a teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the faith mentor at her school.
Chris Keyes has been involved in evangelization for 35 years. He has an MA in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He's been a part-time host for 30 years on the national Catholic television ministry, Food For Life. He left his high-tech career in 2016 to work full-time for Catholic Christian Outreach where he is the VP of Programming supporting 120 full-time missionaries evangelizing over 30 campuses. He has two married children and 9 grandchildren and lives in Ottawa.
Life in the Holy Spirit began for Sr. Melinda Schenher when she attended, as a child, an ecumenical charismatic prayer group with her parents. At Saskatchewan’s University of Regina, in her first year of studies, she experienced a conversion of heart through a powerful weekend retreat and her involvement with Catholic Christian Outreach. She has served the Lord in youth ministry, young adult ministry, and as the Associate Director of John Paul II Bible School in Radway, Alberta. In 2008, she joined the Servants of the Cross, and became a lifetime member in 2018. She previously served the Community as Vocations Director, and currently is a member of the Executive Council and Director of Admissions. Her gentle heart and infectious joy demonstrate the life of Jesus living in her.
Our foundation is knowing the royal identity we receive as sons and daughters of God who have received an inheritance to do the works of Jesus and even greater works (Jn 14:12).
Jesus taught us that He is the good shepherd and we are his sheep and that we hear his voice (Jn 10:4).
Jesus called his disciples to preach the Gospel and expected them to heal the sick (Mt 10:7-8; Luke 10:9)
God has revealed himself as the Lord who “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Ps 147:3).