LINCOLN (SNR) – All are invited to a “Day of Equipping” Aug. 19 at the John XXIII Diocesan Center, 3700 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln.
The one-day training, presented by Bart Schuchts, is designed to prepare God’s people to do the works Jesus did throughout His ministry on earth, by gaining confidence in the Holy Spirit’s guidance and power, as well as discovering the tools they need to be instruments of healing.
“If you desire the Holy Spirit operating in your life as described in John 14:12 and Ephesians 4,” said Father Craig Doty, pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Wilber and St. Joseph in Tobias, “this training is for you.”
Father Doty organized Schuchts’ event in Lincoln after attending a retreat in February at the John Paul II Healing Center in Tallahassee, Fla. The JPII Healing Center was founded by Dr. Bob Schuchts, author of “Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life,” and more recently, “Be Transformed: The Healing Power of the Sacraments.” The retreat was entitled “Equipping for Pastoral Ministry” and was aimed at teaching priests about healing prayer and how to incorporate it into their priestly ministry.
“There were 10 of us,” Father Doty explained, “including two diocesan brothers, Father (Thomas) Kuffel and Father (Joseph) Steele, as well as other priests from other parts of the U.S. and Mexico. During that retreat, Bart Schuchts, Dr. Bob’s brother, led us through the actual prayer exercises, so that is how I came to know him, as well as his strong desire to awaken others to live their baptismal calling in Christ, and to hear and follow the inspiration His Spirit is giving us each day.”
Father Doty was excited to invite Bart Schuchts to share his particular gift and charism of inspiring apostolic zeal in the hearts of others, but also his knowledge and experience of prayer, including prayer for healing. Father said, “Think of Luke 12:49: ‘I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!’ This Day of Equipping will help all the participants ‘set the earth on fire.’ I think Bart’s confidence and zeal will appeal to everyone, but because he was a tight end for the Florida State Seminoles in the late 80’s, I have a hunch that his words will especially resonate with men!”
During the Aug. 19 day of training participants will learn the foundations of abiding in Christ, hearing His voice, and becoming empowered to pray for others as Jesus did. Teaching will be augmented by prayer demonstrations, listening to God exercises and praying for one another.
“Above all,” Father Doty said, “my hope is that people will come away from the Day of Equipping knowing the eternal Father’s love for them, but I also hope that they will know that they have the power of God in them as baptized Christians to be fearless and do the works that Jesus did (John 14:12)—teaching and proclaiming the Kingdom of God, and being instruments of healing for others.”
“The fact of the matter,” he continued, “is that all of us are encountering people every day who have been wounded in some way. It is certainly good to tell them, as we often do, ‘I will pray for you,’ but what if we could also say, ‘Can I just pray with you, or for you, right now?’ This could only help more people to encounter the love of Christ for the first time or be drawn closer to Him. This Day of Equipping will be deeply rooted in Church teaching, but it will also be very, very practical.”
The event will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Throughout the day, teaching sessions will alternate with breaks and exercises and opportunities to practice the skills learned throughout the day. Lunch is included. The fee is $30 per person and registration is available online at www.lincolndiocese.org/catechist-resources/sponsored-events.
Father Doty will also offer a retreat based on Dr. Schuchts’ book “Be Healed” Oct. 20-22 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly. Registrations are available at www.goodcounselretreat.com.
The three-day weekend retreat will be entitled “Jesus, Please Heal Me.” All men and women are invited to come and give Jesus a chance to bring the grace and healing that their hearts desire.
For more information, contact Father Doty at