Story by Reagan Scott
LINCOLN (SNR) — The Lincoln Equipping Team for Prayer and Healing in the Diocese of Lincoln is sponsoring a “Healing the Whole Person Retreat” July 11- 13 and a “Day of Equipping” July 12.
Led by members of the John Paul II Healing Center, both events will be held at St. Peter Church in Lincoln.
Both events are open to anyone across the region, and while the two events complement each other, individuals can register for one, or both.
The Healing the Whole Person retreat will be led by Dr. Bob Schuchts, the founder of the John Paul II Healing Center in Tallahassee, Fla., his brother Bart, and worship leader Colleen Nixon.
Healing the Whole Person will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 12 and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13.
Bart Schuchts will be the presenter for the Day of Equipping, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday July 12. Worship leaders Mark McKellar and Lily Lalonde will also be in attendance.
Father Craig Doty, director of the Lincoln Equipping Team and pastor of St. Peter Parish said that the purpose of the three-day healing retreat is designed to do just what the name implies—heal the whole person, body and soul.
He said, “The team is very gifted at facilitating an encounter with the Father, the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit and that is what brings about healing in the heart. But, they also understand that we’re not just a soul, that healing of the heart and the soul is also tied to healing of the body.”
In addition to teaching sessions on the topics “Facing our Brokenness,” “Encountering the Father’s Love” and “Living in Freedom,” participants will have time for personal reflection, Adoration and the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.
Father Doty is excited for the event, which has been two years in the making.
He said, “Just knowing how gifted the John Paul II Healing Center is at facilitating an encounter with the Lord and knowing that they have experienced miracles of healing over and over again in a short amount of time, I just very much want that for the people in our state, the people in our diocese and also especially in my own parish.”
The July event will mark the third Day of Equipping held in the Diocese of Lincoln. Bart Schuchts has come the past two summers to help participants live more fully in the mission of Christ.
“Bart’s Day of Equipping will be a very practical and encouraging day of hearing the voice of God and fearlessly praying for each other, even for physical healing,” Father Doty said.
Father William Holoubek, pastor of St. Mary Church in Ashland attended a Day of Equipping at the John XXIII Center a couple of years ago and said that the event gave the priests and lay faithful in attendance a confidence in God’s closeness.
“It’s an amazing experience of how close Jesus is to us, how close the Holy Spirit is to us,” Father Holoubek said.
He said that the day equipped those in attendance to live the commission we receive from Jesus to pray for others.
He said, “Love is to want what’s good for the other person, and to love them is to ask Jesus to help them.”
Father Holoubek will be helping with the upcoming healing retreat and would encourage anyone who is interested to attend either, or both, of the events being held.
He said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to encounter Jesus’ love for you and to gain a new confidence in His closeness and His desire to work through you and to bring Him to others.”