All welcome to June 1-2 event by Encounter Ministries
Story by Reagan Scott
LINCOLN (SNR) - On Friday June 1 and Saturday June 2, Encounter Ministries will offer a “School of Healing” at St. Peter Church in Lincoln.
The weekend will also include a healing service at 6:30 p.m. June 2 that will be free and open to the public.
Registration for the School of Healing is open now at encounterministries.us and costs $55. So far, 90 people have already registered for the event.
The weekend includes an evening session June 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and a full day of activities the next day including more sessions, lunch and a vigil Mass celebrated by Father Craig Doty, the director of the Lincoln Equipping Team, at 4 p.m.
According to Encounter Ministries, individuals who attend the School of Healing will be able to be more effective ministers of Jesus’ healing in the world. Because Jesus calls Christians to do as He did, healing the sick is one of these ministries.
“Our God is a God of miracles,” Father Doty said, “and we are called to pray with expectancy for miracles and physical healing. He works through his disciples, including the lay faithful.”
Father Doty believes that the School of Healing will teach participants something that many Catholics may have not heard about before. He believes that the school will really inspire attendees to give God the chance to heal people through their prayers, if he desires to do so in the given moment.
The healing service on Saturday evening is an is an evangelization event in which Catholics are encouraged to invite non-Catholics, even unbelievers, who desire physical healing.
“God will make His loving, healing presence known in a powerful way,” Father Doty said. “When you see miracles happening, you know it’s Jesus who is doing it.”
The healing service will consist of Exposition, praise and worship and prayers for healing led by Father Mathias Thelen. Father Thelen is the senior leader of Encounter Ministries and has led many healing services where, according to the ministry, “signs, wonders, miracles and the power of the Spirit manifesting are common and life-changing.”
Father Mathias’s work with Encounter Ministries was featured in Maura Smith’s documentary “Fearless,” and it was in watching this documentary that the Lincoln Equipping Team decided to reach out to Encounter Ministries last year to plan the event.
The Lincoln Equipping Team was formed in August last year after a “Day of Equipping” was led by Bart Schuchts of the John Paul II Healing Center in Tallahassee, Fla. The center was founded by his brother, 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.”
Bishop James Conley wanted a group that could help bring healing in the diocese and Father Andrew Heaslip, diocesan director for evangelization, asked Father Doty if he would be willing to lead such a team.
Father Doty said, “[Bishop Conley] and many others see a need for healing prayer to help bring about healing, not only to hearts and souls, but also to minds and bodies.”
After experiencing the School of Healing and a healing service last November, Father Doty is excited to have Encounter Ministries come to Lincoln so that as many people as possible experience the healing power of God.
Father Doty said, “It’s God’s power and love that heals, but he wants to use us as his instruments.”