Arkansas Catholic Charismatic Conference
August 1-3, 2014
Thanks to the efforts of many people, our 2014 Arkansas Catholic Charismatic Conference was blessing to all who attended the weekend.
Our Conference Praise Band, under the direction of Carol and Piper Kennard, got things started on Friday night with great music. They kept the atmosphere of Praise and Worship going throughout the weekend as they shared their gift of music ministry with us.
We are grateful to our speakers, Bishop Sam Jacobs from Louisiana and Ralph Martin of Renewal Ministries, for guiding us as they explored the conference theme “Come to Me: My Inheritance is Sweeter than the Honeycomb” (Sirach 24). Bishop Sam explained how Jesus is God’s pattern for us humans, showing us how to come into relationship with the Father. Bishop Sam stressed that the closer we come to Jesus, the more we realize we are God’s beloved children.
Ralph Martin spoke about the sweetness of holiness, drawing closer to God. He taught how our saying “yes” to holiness leads us to becoming the person God created us to be. Both Bishop Sam and Ralph impressed upon us the important link between our close relationship with God and the New Evangelization that our recent popes have called us to embrace.
Once again this year, our own Bishop Anthony Taylor joined us to celebrate our closing Mass on Sunday, which he termed “the most joy-filled mass he celebrates all year”. Following mass, our diocesan liaisons, Father Norbert Rappold and Father Tony Robbins, challenged us to carry the Holy Spirit’s joy back home with us to share with others, and to return next year for more blessings.
Our 2015 Catholic Charismatic Conference is set for July 24th, 25th and 26th. Save the Date!
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Bishop Sam Jacobs was ordained to the Priesthood on June 6, 1964 for the Diocese of Lafayette serving as pastor,chaplain and associate pastor of several parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette and Lake Charles before being appointed Bishop of Alexandria by Pope John Paul II in 1989. On August 1, 2003, he was named Third Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux.
Bishop Jacobs served as chairman of the National Service Committee for the Charismatic Renewal and Diocese Director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Diocese of Lake Charles.
Within the United States Conference of Bishops, he was chairman for Evangelization(2005-2007), and is currently a member of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.
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Ralph Martin holds an MA in Theology from Sacred Heart School of Theology in the Archdiocese of Detroit, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (the “Angelicum”) in Rome. Ralph is president of Renewal Ministries and the host of The Choices We Face a weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world.
Ralph is also an associate professor and Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit (www.shms.edu) and a Visiting Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He was named by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.
Ralph is the author of a number of books, the most recent of which are The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call; The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints, and Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization. He and his wife Anne have six children and 15 grandchildren and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.