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Fr. Aris Martin SVD
Aris Martin SVD is originally from Solsona, Philippines. He professed first vows in 2004 and was ordained a priest in 2008. Father Aris holds a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. In the Philippines, he taught courses in philosophy and theology at Christ the King Mission Seminary, Quezon City, Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City, and Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. Fr. Aris is the newest addition to the faculty of the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa, where he teaches non-Christian religions and creation and eschatology.
"Bo Sanchez gave his first talk when he was 14. He has not stopped preaching since. His work as a lay preacher has brought him all over the world. Bo has received many recognitions and awards in the Philippines and the Church. These include winning the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) award in 2006 and the Serviam Award, the highest award a lay Catholic may receive, from the Catholic Mass Media Awards in 2007. A more enduring testament to God's work in Bo's life are the many institutions and organizations that he started and supports. Through these ministries, many lives have been changed.
Fr. Andrew Chioma Ibegbulem, OSA
Administrator, St. Paul of the Shipwreck, San Francisco, CA, Liaison, Associate Liaison, Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic Charismatic Renewal - SFSpirit.com
Fr. Andrew is an Augustinian Priest of the Province of St. Augustine of Nigeria. He was ordained to the priesthood after his final religious profession and upon completion of his Philosophy and theology degrees on July 3, 2004. He has been involved in parish apostolate as associate pastor, treasurer, youth chaplain, vocation director, spiritual director and pastor. In addition, he was the National Coordinator of the Augustinian Associate and was responsible for fund raising in Nigeria for the training of Augustinian friars in formation.
Fr. Andrew received his master's degree in 2016 in counseling in clinical mental health from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He had practiced as an intern with Siloam and Eagleville Hospital in Philadelphia. Fr. Andrew is passionate about the Word of God, a good listener, loves good music.
Fr. Ben Rosado
Father Ben was born and raised in Daly City and attended a few years of catholic school at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. After being away from his faith for many years, he had a strong conversion in 2001. After returning to the Church, he began to attend Charismatic prayer groups throughout the Archdiocese in 2005. Before entering the seminany in 2014, he was active leading Bible studies and prayer groups. Father Ben was ordained in 2020 and is now assigned at St. Matthew in San Mateo. His favorite scripture is "The joy of the Lord is my strength" Nehemiah 8:10. May we all find joy in the Risen Lord!
Fr. Raymund Reyes
Father Ray hails from Minalin, Pampanga, Philippines. He finished his secondary education at Don Bosco Juniorate, a minor seminary run by the Salesians in Pampanga. After graduation from the juniorate, he entered the Mother of Good Counsel Seminary, a diocesan seminary of the province, to complete his philosophical and theological studies.
Fr. Ray was ordained on December 8, 1988 and served for the next 10 years as a parish priest at three different parishes in the Archdiocese of San Fernando including the Cathedral Church of Our Lady of the Assumption. In 1998, Father Ray was asked to assist at Saint Patrick’s Church in San Francisco, California, where many of the faithful from his home province came to worship. He was assigned there as its parochial vicar until 2003.
From 2003 to 2006, Father Ray served as the parochial vicar of Saint Isabella Church in San Rafael in Marin County. During his ministry across the Golden Gate Bridge, he was incardinated into the Presbyterate of the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 2005.
In 2006, he was assigned as Parochial Administrator of Saint Anne of the Sunset Church in San Francisco and was installed as its pastor the following year. For eight years, Father Ray served as pastor to over 1,000 families and to its double school with 586 students.
Appointed Vicar for Clergy on July 2014, Father Ray oversaw the clergy personnel of the Archdiocese of San Francisco until June of 2020.
In 2019, while still serving as Vicar for Clergy, Father Ray was installed as the 6th pastor of Saint Augustine Church in South San Francisco.
In addition to his pastorate at St. Augustine, he is currently also the Spiritual Director of NCRC, Northern California Renewal Coalition, and the Liaison for the Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic Charismatic Renewal SFSpirit.com
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At the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, Blessed Pope John XXIII offered a prayer asking the Holy Spirit to "Renew your wonders in our time, as though for a new Pentecost." The rediscovery of the charismatic gifts by ordinary Catholics throughout the world was an answer to that prayer. Damian Stayne, who is known internationally for his healing ministry, shows readers how the spiritual gifts of prophecy, healing, and deliverance were used by Jesus, the early Church, and the saints-and why we need them operating in the Church today. He provides not only amazing stories of God's presence and work in our time but also a host of practical instructions on how to grow in these gifts. This book is both inspiring and a challenge to Catholics to be open to the gifts of the Spirit in order to bring others to Christ.
The Holy Spirit is the secret to the Church's growth and vitality-her "fountain of youth"! The Spirit is constantly renewing the Church, and the current age is no exception. In this book, theologian and author Dr. Alan Schreck writes a historical appreciation of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, now celebrating its fiftieth year-a renewal that has touched millions of Catholics throughout the world. Tracing the origins of the Renewal, Schreck outlines its characteristics, how it spread, what is meant by the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the charisms that are associated with it, and the communities that grew out of it. This book is for those who were involved in the Renewal and for those who want to know how the Spirit has moved so mightily in our own time and age.
Your Life in the Holy Spirit offers a popular and comprehensive explanation of the role of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life. In this book, a new edition of Hearts Aflame, best-selling author Alan Schreck presents the Spirit as the "friend closest to our heart," who leads us in prayer, directs our mind with truth, and makes us holy. Schreck shows how the Spirit equips us to draw others to Christ, build up the church, and generate unity among its members. Readers will learn how to renew their life in the Holy Spirit, understand and receive spiritual gifts, and grow in love, joy, peace, and other fruits that are the sign that the Spirit dwells in us.
"Alan Schreck writes as a close personal friend of the Holy Spirit who invites his readers to draw closer to the Spirit so that they can have a deeper relationship with him. I recommend this book to all Catholics who desire a greater understanding of the Holy Spirit as well as a more intense experience of the Spirit's power in their lives."
- Bert Ghezzi, author of Mystics and Miracles