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Encounter the Spirit is a charismatic prayer group that gathers together to praise and worship the Lord in thanksgiving for all of His blessings. As we offer God our praises in song, we seek recognize His surpassing greatness, and yet His goodness embraces us with the unconditional love of a merciful Father. We therefore strive to grow in our knowledge of God by listening to the Word, which speaks deep within our hearts through Sacred Scripture, Church teaching, and faith sharing. As we gather together in prayer, we recognize that we are all brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ, and as one family, we ask our Lord Jesus to lead us to the Father through the same Spirit given to us in baptism.

St. John XXIII prayed for "a new Pentecost", and we can see the fruits of his prayer in the world today. The Holy Spirit is indeed moving powerfully within the Church and bestowing spiritual gifts in abundance upon the faithful. It is to this Spirit that we entrust ourselves as we place ourselves at the service of Christ for the fulfillment of God's Kingdom on earth. We take the example of our Blessed Lady, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, to be our model and inspiration in living a life that is full of grace.

Join us for open meetings on Mondays from 8pm-9:30pm in Caldwell Chapel.


Have questions or prayer requests? Email Encounter the Spirit's chaplain, Fr. Eric de la Peña, OFM Conv at or Erin Fleishman at

Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!