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CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Mission

The Holy Spirit gave the Apostles a deeper experience of Christ’s love, the strength to live as disciples, and the power to spread that love through witness and mission.

He wants to do the same in our lives.

The Power & Purpose Conference is for all Catholics who are interested in growing in their knowledge of the power and person of the Holy Spirit.  Come experience a New Pentecost for the New Evangelization.

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 2017 Conference Theme: Abide and Arise

“By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.” – 1 John 4:13

We have been given the Spirit of God to animate our life in Christ and draw us deeper into the mystery of the Father’s love. It is in abiding in His presence that our lives change and we are given the gifts we need to bless our families, friends, parishes, and communities. You are invited to come renew your life in the Holy Spirit and discover how through His help, we can have a deeper, more abiding relationship with Jesus. Through His love, we can arise and go forth to bless the world! If you are ready to take your faith life to the next level, then this conference is for you.

Registration opens November 7, 2016!

2017 Pricing Information

Price per person: $135 (if registered by April 7th); $160 (if registered after April 7th); Priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions (meals plan and housing charges still apply); $85 for other clergy, religious and those 30 or younger

Lodging: $80 (for non-A/C unit); $100 (for shared A/C unit); $110 (for private, non-A/C unit)

Meal plan: $67 (includes 6 meals)

2017 pricing information coming soon!

*For those who need financial assistance for the summer adult conferences, the Christian Outreach Office has a limited number of tickets to offset registration, room and board. Interested parties, please click here.


2017 MINISTRY TEAM
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Dave VanVickle, Host, fell in love with the Lord at age 14 and has dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ. He currently serves as the director of Evangelization at St. Bonaventure’s Parish in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. In addition to his position at the parish, Dave is the young adult coordinator for the National Service Committee of the Charismatic Renewal. A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Dave is a popular speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare, and deliverance. Dave has years of experience assisting priests with their ministries of deliverance and exorcism. He residesin Pittsburgh with his wife, Amber, and their four children, Sam, Max, Judah, and Josie. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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John Beaulieu has worked in the Christian Outreach Office of Franciscan University since 2003 and is the director of Marketing and Engagement. A graduate of Franciscan University, John has worked in youth ministry for over 20 years. He spent two years serving with NET in his youth and more recently has been a featured speaker at the National Catholic Youth Conference and the National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministers. John speaks on topics including the Holy Spirit, media and teen culture, and Christian evangelization. He has served as an adjunct professor, teaching youth ministry in the Catechetics Department at Franciscan University. John and his wife, Lisa, live in Steubenville with their five children. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference and the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat.

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Father Joseph Freedy was born the youngest of five children in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. Earning a football scholarship to the State University of New York at Buffalo, Father Joseph was the starting quarterback for three years before graduating with a degree in communication. After college he entered Saint Paul Seminary and earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Duquesne University. He then was sent to the North American College in Rome for theological studies. Father Freedy earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a licentiate in sacred theology from the John Paul II Institute.  He was ordained a priest in 2008.  Father Freedy will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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Barbara Heil is a former Pentecostal minister who has traveled the world as a missionary, teacher and evangelist.  After an amazing journey, Barbara came into full communion with the Catholic Church in April of 2013.  She is a dynamic and inspirational speaker with a passion to awaken others to their destiny and purpose in Christ, and to lead people in deepening their walk with God.  Barbara was a widow for 7 years before marrying her husband Jeff.  They reside in Iowa and together have 8 children and 10 grandchildren.  Barbara will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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Deacon Larry Oney, a permanent deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, serves at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner, Louisiana. An international speaker and preacher, Deacon Oney is the founder and President of Hope and Purpose Ministries; whose mission is to participate in the New Evangelization through preaching, teaching, and the use of excellent media initiatives.  In an effort to reach our global audience more effectively, Hope and Purpose Ministries is creating Hope and Purpose Nation; a group dedicated to our New Evangelization ministry around the world.  To learn more about Deacon Larry Oney or our work at Hope and Purpose Ministries, please visit www.HopeAndPurpose.org.

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Chris Padgett has been doing ministry for over twenty years. He is an author, musician, teacher and motivational speaker. Padgett has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 25 years and has 9 children. He has also appeared on television and radio and has been a regular speaker and entertainer at Steubenville youth conferences. For the last several years, Chris was an adjunct professor of theology at Franciscan University and currently teaches at Catholic Distance University. The Padgett family currently lives in Central New York. Chris will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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Sr. Ann Shields, S.G.L. is an internationally known evangelist, noted speaker, and author whose activities have taken her to Eastern Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Central America, Israel, the Philippines, and the British Isles. Based in Ann Arbor, Sister Ann is a member of the Servants of God’s Love, a Catholic charismatic religious community canonically established in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.  Sr. Ann served in higher education for many years. She hosts the daily radio program, Food for the Journey, heard on 35 US and Canadian stations as well as on the internet. Some of Sister Ann Shields works include: Deeper Conversion: Extraordinary Grace in Ordinary Times, Hope in the Midst of Suffering, Why Forgive, Pray and Never Lose Heart, Yielding to the Power of God, God Answers Prayer, and co-authored And Their Eyes Were Opened: Encountering Jesus in the Sacraments with Father Michael Scanlan, T.O.R. She will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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Casey Sprehe first experienced the power of the Holy Spirit at a retreat sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans in 2000. She has been deeply involved in Charismatic Renewal ever since. Casey earned a MA in Catechesis and Evangelization at The Augustine Institute. Over the past ten years Casey has traveled the country speaking on matters of faith. She was elected to the National Service Committee in 2013. She takes seriously the responsibility of bridging the generational gap which exists within the Renewal. She is especially determined to help the youth find their place in the Charismatic Renewal story, particularly as they participate in the New Evangelization. Casey and her husband, Kevin, have three children with a fourth on the way.  She will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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Bob Rice, Worship Leader, desires to share the love of God using every talent with which he has been blessed. He is an internationally known speaker, acclaimed musician, inspirational teacher, and innovative writer. Bob teaches at Franciscan University in Steubenville, where he lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their seven children. He will be leading worship at the Power and Purpose Conference; the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat; the Applied Biblical Studies Conference; the Defending the Faith Conference; and all Main Campus Youth Conferences. In addition, Bob will be presenting at the St. John Bosco Conference.

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Father Matt Williams was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ for the Archdiocese of Boston in 2003. Father Matt served as a parochial vicar and was then assigned by Cardinal Seán O’Malley to establish and direct the Office for New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults. Cardinal O’Malley next assigned Father Matt to work as the director of Faith Formation for the newly created Office for Lifelong Faith Formation. Father Matt is the chaplain for LIFT Ministries and has been involved in the charismatic renewal since 1996. He loves working with young people, helping them to know the person of Jesus Christ, his love for us, and his plan for true happiness and authentic freedom. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.


2016 MINISTRY TEAM
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Dave VanVickle, Host, fell in love with the Lord at age 14 and has dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ. He currently serves as the director of Evangelization at St. Bonaventure’s Parish in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. In addition to his position at the parish, Dave is the young adult coordinator for the National Service Committee of the Charismatic Renewal. A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Dave is a popular speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare, and deliverance. Dave has years of experience assisting priests with their ministries of deliverance and exorcism. He residesin Pittsburgh with his wife, Amber, and their four children, Sam, Max, Judah, and Josie. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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John Beaulieu has worked in the Christian Outreach Office of Franciscan University since 2003 and is the director of Marketing and Engagement. A graduate of Franciscan University, John has worked in youth ministry for over 20 years. He spent two years serving with NET in his youth and more recently has been a featured speaker at the National Catholic Youth Conference and the National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministers. John speaks on topics including the Holy Spirit, media and teen culture, and Christian evangelization. He has served as an adjunct professor, teaching youth ministry in the Catechetics Department at Franciscan University. John and his wife, Lisa, live in Steubenville with their five children. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference and the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat.

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Michelle Benzinger is a national women’s speaker, creative entrepreneur, and advocate for marginalized women and children. She is the creative director and visionary leader of Transforming Beauty, a women’s ministry created to invest in women who in turn invest in the world. Michelle and her husband, Chris, have served in global and domestic missions for the past 15 years with their six children (two adopted from Haiti) and now reside in Pensacola, Florida. She will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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Debra Herbeck has shared with many her personal journey of faith from Judaism to Christianity and her subsequent entrance into the Catholic Church. For the past 30 years, she has worked extensively in youth and women’s ministry. She is the founder and leader of the Be Love Revolution, a ministry that helps young women know the personal love of Jesus, and she also helps lead i.d.916, a ministry that helps young adult Catholics live as intentional disciples. The author of several books including Safely Through the Storm, she and her husband, Peter, have also co-authored a book titled When the Spirit Speaks: Touched by God’s Word. The Herbecks live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and have four grown children and four grandchildren. She will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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Tom Mangan is a lay Christian worker for the People of God Community within the charismatic renewal, which spreads the message of Christ throughout the Pittsburgh area. The community includes an ecumenical group of people who strive to bring the Gospel into daily life by living close to one another for mutual physical, spiritual, and moral support. From 1966 to 1968, Tom worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bafra, Turkey. He then continued his career as a teacher and guidance counselor in Pittsburgh diocesan schools. Tom is a member of the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and associate director of the Ark and the Dove Renewal Center. He is a graduate of Duquesne University with a BA in psychology. Tom and his wife, Patty, have four children. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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Dr. Ralph Martin holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome. He was the founding editor of New Covenant magazine and the founding director of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office. Currently, Dr. Martin is president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. He serves as the director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization and is professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary as well as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. He has authored a number of books; his most recent is The Urgency of the New Evangelization. He and his wife, Anne, have 6 children and 16 grandchildren and reside in Michigan. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.

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Father Dave Pivonka, TORhas been saved by the love of God as revealed by the death and resurrection of Jesus. The focus of his ministry is to proclaim the saving love of God for each of us. An evangelist who speaks at conferences, retreats, and parish missions around the U.S. and world, Father Dave is the director of Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic outreach of his Franciscan community. He helps others come to know God’s love for them through his preaching, writings, CDs, and other spiritual outreaches. Father Dave’s most recent book is Breath of God – Living a Life Led by the Holy Spirit. He also produced The Wild Goose, a 14-part video series about living a life animated by the Holy Spirit. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference and the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat.

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Deacon Ralph Poyo has been in ministry for over 30 years, serving the Church as a youth minister and DRE, and he became a deacon in 2004. He founded New Evangelization Ministries, equipping pastors and parish staff with training, resources, and strategies to help parishes become more effective in evangelization and discipleship. He has produced the first two booklets in the NEM Discipleship Formation Series and has also co-authored a book with Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, titled Encounter Jesus: From Discovery to Discipleship. Deacon Ralph will soon release a video evangelistic conversion process for parishes, titled Common Sense Catholic. He and his wife, Susan, have five daughters, three sons-in- law, and three grandchildren. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference and the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat.

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Bob Rice desires to share the love of God using every talent with which he has been blessed. He is an internationally known speaker, acclaimed musician, inspirational teacher, and innovative writer. Bob teaches at Franciscan University in Steubenville, where he lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their seven children. He will be leading worship at the Power and Purpose Conference; the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat; the Applied Biblical Studies Conference; the Defending the Faith Conference; and all Main Campus Youth Conferences. In addition, Bob will be presenting at the St. John Bosco Conference.

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Father Matt Williams was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ for the Archdiocese of Boston in 2003. Father Matt served as a parochial vicar and was then assigned by Cardinal Seán O’Malley to establish and direct the Office for New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults. Cardinal O’Malley next assigned Father Matt to work as the director of Faith Formation for the newly created Office for Lifelong Faith Formation. Father Matt is the chaplain for LIFT Ministries and has been involved in the charismatic renewal since 1996. He loves working with young people, helping them to know the person of Jesus Christ, his love for us, and his plan for true happiness and authentic freedom. He will be presenting at the Power and Purpose Conference.


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