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Encounter the Spirit is a charismatic prayer group that gathers every week to praise and worship the Lord. We sing praise songs and hymns that express our desire to encounter God whose love is eternal. We take time to listen and reflect on the Word, who speaks to us through Sacred Scripture, the Church's teachings, and faith sharing. Our gathering together in prayer unites us in fellowship as brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ, and as members of this family, we ask the Lord Jesus to lead us to the Father through the Spirit whom we received at baptism. Our prayer meeting is an encounter with God and with one another.


St. John XXIII prayed for "a new Pentecost", and we can see the fruits of his prayer in our 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 to teach us how to live the Gospel everyday. We also take the example of our Blessed Lady, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, to be our model for living that life which is full of grace.


Join our prayer meetings on Mondays from 8pm-9:30 pm in Caldwell Chapel. Come and be inspired with praise songs, candle light vigils and great fellowship with friends over pizza!


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!