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Dan Dirkes

Dan Dirkes was raised in the Word of God Covenant Community in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has served as a Worship Leader for Renewal Ministries’ events, the Camden Diocesan Charismatic Conference and LIFE TEEN. He led worship for daily and Sunday Masses at Christian Music Festival drawing 15,000 people from New England from 2002-2003. He is currently a Music Minister in his parish in New Jersey. He is married to Caroline Gambale-Dirkes and they have three children.



Caroline Gambale-Dirkes

Caroline Gambale Dirkes is a dynamic and passionate evangelist. Her motto is that “you need to do the ridiculous to see the miraculous!” Sharing incredible stories such as how she evangelized two New York Giants football players, she keeps her audience engaged and wanting more. She has been active in evangelization and youth ministry for 23 years and she currently serves as a member of the National Service Committee for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. She was the former Eastern Regional Director for Life Teen and the Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Newark. Presently she focuses on multigenerational evangelization through 2Tim4 Ministries, which she co-founded with her husband Dan.

Caroline is a 1993 graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Psychology.  Caroline has spoken internationally at numerous rallies, retreats and conferences including the National Charismatic Leadership Conference, Steubenville Youth Conference, National Catholic Youth Conference and Life Teen Training Conferences.

Caroline has three beautiful children that keep her very busy, Catherine 4, Danny, 2 and Therese 1. Dan and Caroline currently live in NJ and enjoy being a missionary family.

Dr. Mary Healy

Mary Healy is professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and an international speaker. She is a general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and author of its volumes The Gospel of Mark and Hebrews. Her other books include Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World. Dr. Healy serves as chair of the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services in Rome. She also serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian unity as a member of the Pentecostal-Catholic International Dialogue. She was appointed by Pope Francis as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Fr. Bob Hogan, BBD

Fr. Robert (Bob) Hogan, BBD is one of the founding members of a new charismatic and Marian religious community called The Brothers of the Beloved Disciple. He holds a Master of Divinity, an MA in Theology and did doctoral studies in Marian Theology.

He became involved in the Renewal in 1970 while in high school. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1983. He was Archdiocesan Liaison for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Cincinnati from 1989 – 1996. From 2000 – 2006 he served as Pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Church in San Antonio. He currently serves as Parochial Vicar there and is also working in the Renewal in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

Fr. Bob served on the National Service Committee from 2007 to 2013. In 2011 he was elected Chairman. In January of 2013 his second term as member and first as Chairman ended. He chose not to stand for re-election. He is now a member of the NSC Council.

Bishop Sam Jacobs

Bishop Sam Jacobs was born in Greenwood, MS and raised in Lake Charles, LA. He is a graduate of Catholic University and was ordained to the priesthood in 1964 for the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana. He was consecrated the tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana in 1989. In 2014 he celebrated both his 50th Anniversary as a priest and 25th as a Bishop.

In 2003 he became the third Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, also in Louisiana. Earlier this year he retired as Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux. Before being made bishop, he served in a number of positions including associate pastor, chaplain, Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and Director of Vocations and Seminarians. He became a member of the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in 1982, and Chairman in 1987, and served until his resignation in 1993. In January of 2014 he was re-elected to the National Service Committee. On the National level he has served and or chaired a number of USCCB committees. For many years he was the Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal no longer in existence. He is a frequent and inspirational conference speaker.

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Sr. Nancy Kellar, S.C.

Sr. Nancy Kellar, S.C. was born in New York City, U.S.A. She has been a Sister of Charity of New York since 1960. She has a Masters Degree in History and was a secondary school History teacher before becoming involved in full time ministry in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in 1971.  She was a member, with Fr Jim Ferry, of the first Charismatic House of Prayer in the United States. In 1975 she was a founding member, with six other Sisters of Charity, of Saint Elizabeth Seton House of Prayer in Scarsdale, New York.

She obtained a second Masters degree in Theology/Spirituality from Immaculate Conception Seminary in New Jersey in 1980.

Sr. Nancy was coordinator of the Charismatic Renewal in the Archdiocese of New York for ten years 1975-1985 and also was a member of the National Council and then the National Service Committee for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the U.S.A. from 1976- 1994.

She also served for many years in the ecumenical renewal in the United States as Vice-Chairperson of the North American Ecumenical Charismatic Committee.

She was elected to the I.C.C.R.S. (International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services) Council in March 1992, elected director of the Rome office in March 1994 where she served until until June 1996.As director she began the Leadership Formation addition to the ICCRS Newsletter and administered the Seminar on the Healing ministry held in San Giovanni Rotundo, Italy and the Healing outreach in Foggia, Italy. In June 1996 the I.C.C.R.S. Council mandated her for the work of teaching and networking the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal. In 1997 she was one of the pastoral planners for the ICCRS Retreat held in Jerusalem.

Today she continues her ministry of teaching sent out and supported in love and prayer by her charismatic community of Sisters of Charity in Scarsdale, NY where she again resides. Since beginning this work, she has spoken at Conferences and given retreats in 65 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America as well as the U.S.A.

The National Service Committee for the Charismatic Renewal in the US published outlines of Her talks in a Growth Seminar book, entitled with her favorite theme, “ There’s Always More: Expecting New Fire”.

David Mangan

David Mangan and Barbara, his wife of 45 years, have five adult children and sixteen grandchildren.  They live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and are active members of Christ the King Catholic Church.  David has been involved in all levels of religious education for 50 years, as well as serving as a leader and teacher in Catholic renewal movements.

David latest book is “God Loves You and there’s nothing you can do about it.”  He has also written several magazine articles and has co-authored the book entitled “Life in the Spirit for Your Kids.”  This book is a practical “how to” manual for leading youth into meaningful and lasting experience with God.  David, sometimes with Barbara, offers workshops supporting Christian family life:

  • The Keeping Your Kids Catholic Workshop teaches parents, grandparents, and

youth workers how to choose important and easy-to-accomplish ways of

introducing lively faith and practices in the lives of youth..

  • Life in the Spirit for Your Kids Workshop which assists parents and kids in    entering into full life in Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Come Holy Spirit Workshop which leads people into the charismatic dimension

of the Christian life and/or renews them in that experience.

He presents himself not as an “expert” on family life, but as a struggling father, doing his best to raise his own kids and grandkids for God.  The workshops are entertaining and practical, giving real help and hope.

David was one of the participants on the retreat in February of 1967 where events took place that are often marked as the beginning of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.  He has been active in Christian education, preaching, teaching, family life seminars, bringing young people into the life of faith, healing ministry, and leadership training.

David is a graduate of Duquesne University holding a masters degree in education and is a Commissioned Lay Ecclesial Minister of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan.  He has served in Catholic and Christian education for 50 years as a teacher and administrator.  He has recently retired from Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he taught mathematics and theology.

David is a member of the Renewal Ministries team which is a group of Catholic men and women dedicated to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Renewal Ministries is led by Ralph Martin and produces the weekly television program “The Choices We Face.”

Patti Gallagher Mansfield

Patti Gallagher Mansfield has been a pioneer in the New Evangelization in this country and around the world. In 1967 she took part in an event called “The Duquesne Weekend” which marked the beginning of the largest movement in the Church today: the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Patti has ministered extensively on all five continents, bearing witness to the grace of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. She is author of several books: As By A New Pentecost: Golden Jubilee Edition, Proclaim the Joy of the Gospel, Everyday Holiness and Magnificat.

At the invitation of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Patti addressed Pope Benedict XVI on behalf of all the ecclesial movements.  At the invitation of the Pontifical Council for the Clergy she has ministered at two worldwide retreats for priests. In June, 2014, Pope Francis acknowledged her by name as “one of the first to experience the Spirit in an intense way” in his address at Olympic Stadium, Rome.

Patti and her husband, Al, have four children and nine grandchildren. They serve in the Charismatic Renewal in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and are recipients of the papal medal, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.

Ralph Martin

Ralph Martin is the  president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Renewal Ministries is the sponsor of “The Choices We Face” a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world and engages in a wide variety of mission work in more than 30 countries.

He  is also the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in Evangelization and an associate professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ralph as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. He was also appointed as a peritus for the Synod on the New Evangelization which was held in Rome in 2012.

He is the author of a number of articles and books the most recent of which are The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call;  The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints and Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization.  He and his wife Anne reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Michelle Moran

Michelle Moran together with her husband Peter is a founder member of Sion Catholic Community for Evangelism and has been involved in full time ministry for over 30 years. She is a widely traveled preacher, teacher and evangelist. She is an author of several books on evangelisation and numerous articles

Michelle, graduated from London University with a B.Ed in Religious Education and Sociology, taught in a college for 5 years. In1998 she completed her MA in Pastoral theology at Cambridge.

Michelle served as President of ICCRS, (International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services) based in the Vatican from 2006-2017.  She was a member  of the Pontifical Council for the Laity from 2008 – 2016.

Currently Michelle is Chair of the NSC for Charismatic Renewal in England. She has also been personally appointed by Pope Francis to establish the new single service structure of CCR in the Vatican.

Bishop Eduardo Nevares

Bishop Eduardo Nevares was ordained as the first Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Phoenix on July 19, 2010, at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Avondale. He began his priesthood as a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette on July 18, 1981, and was later incardinated into the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, in May 2007.
Prior to his arrival in Phoenix he served as Vice Rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, after serving as the Co-Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, from 2002 until 2008. Before serving in Tyler, he was the Pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Lufkin, Texas. For 25 years, Bishop Nevares served as a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette before he sought incardination to the Diocese of Tyler.
He grew up in a loving, devout Roman Catholic family. His parents were not rich, yet they sent all of their children to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School. As his mother would leave the four older children at school, they would both attend daily Mass together. It was seeing his mother’s love and devotion for the Eucharist that began to instill in Bishop Nevares a desire to be a priest.


Mark Nimo

Mark Nimo comes from Ghana in West Africa.

Mark had a radical conversion experience at the age of twenty when he fathered a child out of wedlock. He was baptized in the Spirit by attending a Life in the Spirit Seminar. After college, Mark was trained at the International Catholic Program of Evangelization(ICPE) in Malta. He served as a lay missionary in Uganda. Twelve years ago Mark came to the Catholic Theological union in Chicago to begin graduate and post-graduate studies in theology. He now holds an Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry degree and serves as Director of Faith Formation at St. Columbanus Parish. Mark is married to Mercy and has three daughters, Elizabeth, Michelle-Marie and Noelle.

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, has been saved by the Love of God revealed to us by Jesus. His entire ministry is proclaiming this reality.  Fr. Dave is as an evangelist who speaks at conferences, retreats and parish missions around the U.S. and world. For twenty years Fr. Dave has also been leading pilgrimages around the world to some of the holiest and most important sites in our Christian faith.  He spends much of his time helping others come to know God’s love for them through his preaching, writings, CDs, and other spiritual outreaches.

Fr. Dave has written several books;  Hiking the Camino – 500 Miles with Jesus and his most recent Encounter Jesus – From Discovery to Discipleship and most recently, Breath of God. 

Fr. Dave is also responsible for The Wild Goose – a 14 part video series which explores what it is to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Currently, Fr. Dave is the Director of Franciscan Pathways which is an evangelistic outreach of his Franciscan Community.

Kevin and Dorothy Ranaghan

Kevin Ranaghan (Ph.D. theology, University of Notre Dame) and Dorothy Ranaghan   (M.A. Theology, University of Notre Dame) are founding members of the People of Praise, an ecumenical, charismatic covenant community founded in 1971.
Both have served on the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the U.S., Kevin as its executive director for 11 years. Kevin also is a former member and past vice president of the Council of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services and the North American Renewal Service Committee. He was ordained a permanent Catholic deacon in 1973.
    Kevin and Dorothy co authored Catholic Pentecostals in 1969, the first book on the origins of the renewal. Dorothy is a writer, editor and retreat and conference speaker. Her latest book is Blind Spot: War and Christian Identity, from New City Press. Both are currently members of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. They are involved in the “Gathering in the Holy Spirit,” an ecumenical meeting of Catholics and leaders of New (non-denominational) Charismatic Churches which has been held bi-annually in Rome for that last 16 years. They live in South Bend Indiana, and have 6 grown children and 15 grandchildren.

Dr. Alan Schreck

Alan Schreck is a professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, specializing in Catholic doctrine, Church history, and the teachings of Vatican II.  He is the author of several books, the most recent being, St. Francis and Pope Francis: Prayer, Poverty, and Joy in Jesus, (Our Sunday Visitor, 2014).  His other books include Your Life in the Holy Spirit (The Word Among Us Press, 2007), Catholic and Christian:  An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs, The Compact History of the Catholic Church, The Essential Catholic Catechism, Vatican II:  The Crisis and the Promise, Rebuild My Church! God’s Plan for Authentic Catholic Renewal all from Franciscan Media (formerly St. Anthony Messenger Press). He is also the author of The Legacy of Pope John Paul II: The Central Teaching of His 14 Encyclical Letters (Emmaus Road Press, 2012), Jesus: What Catholics Believe (Franciscan Media, 2012), the timeline for Epic: A Journey Through Church History (Ascension Press, 2009) and The Gift: Discovering the Holy Spirit in Catholic Tradition (Paraclete Press, 2013). He and his wife Nancy have raised five adult children and reside in Steubenville, OH.

Damian Stayne

Damian Stayne is the founder of the Catholic community Cor et Lumen Christi (The Heart and Light of Christ), which seeks to marry a deep life of prayer and worship and a ministry of the word with healing, signs and wonders. The community is formally recognized by the Vatican. Damian has ministered in 25 countries, equipping believers of every background for supernatural ministry and seeing thousands healed at his services. God has graciously used Damian to bring many into the ongoing experience of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, prophetic revelation and deliverance. He believes that the Lord desires the new season in the miraculous that the church is now entering to be characterized by humility, purity, intimacy, unity and the manifestation of God’s glory. Damian is married to Cathy and they have two children John and Miryam.

Vinson Synan

Vinson Synan, Dean of the School of Divinity at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, received his Ph.D. in American history in 1967 from the University of Georgia. In 1970 he co-founded the Society for Pentecostal Studies which has given institutional shape to Pentecostal research. Over the years, Dr. Synan has published numerous scholarly and popular articles, essays and books on various Pentecostal and charismatic themes.

His Holiness-Pentecostal Movement published in 1971 was one of the few early scholarly treatments of Pentecostalism and is still a significant work on the origins of American Pentecostalism. His Old-Time Power (1973) is a history of the Pentecostal Holiness Church and the more popularly written, In The Latter Days (1984) and The Twentieth-Century Pentecostal Explosion (1987) are surveys of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements. He has also published a brief descriptive account of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship, Under His Banner (1992), and The Spirit Said “Grow” (Fuller Church Growth Lectures, 1990). His newest book, Century of the Holy Spirit (2001), is a historical summary of the major streams of Pentecostal and charismatic renewal. Another book, Voices of Pentecost, will appear in May, 2003.

An ordained minister in the Pentecostal Holiness Church, Dr. Synan has founded and pastored four churches and has held various denominational offices. He has participated in the International Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue, and has served as chairman of several large Congresses on the Holy Spirit and World Evangelization.

Dave VanVickle

Dave VanVickle is the Young Adult Coordinator for the National Service Committee.
Dave is married and has four children. He is also currently the Director of Evangelization for a parish in Pittsburgh. He grew up in the Community of God’s Delight in Dallas, Texas, and is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. On campus, he was active in the Charismatic Renewal there.

He is a gifted speaker who loves to evangelize and to bring the power of the Holy Spirit to all that God puts in his path.

The work of the Young Adult Coordinator is to network with already existing ministries reaching young adults in the power of the Holy Spirit, and to serve the Renewal with new initiatives to reach out to young adults.

Bruce Yocum

Bruce Yocum has been involved in charismatic renewal from its earliest years, and has served in the Sword of the Spirit for many years in North America, Europe and the Middle East, Latin America and the South Pacific. He was Presiding Elder of the Servants of the Word for thirteen years and is a lifelong committed brother who lives in London, England.  In 1976 he published the book “Prophecy” which has been translated into at least nine languages.



Music Ministry:

As Living Praise Worship Team sings the praises of the Lord, they strive to create an atmosphere that encourages others toward a deep and personal relationship with the Lord.  Led by Susan Potvin, this women’s worship team comes with passion to worship the Lord and to inspire others to become “living praise” with them.  The 6 CDs they have produced are designed to encourage sustained worship that ushers worshipers into the heavenly throne room.  These live worship sessions are full of prayer, exhortation, vibrant praise and deep worship.  Living Praise travels nationally and internationally serving such groups as Magnificat– A Ministry to Catholic Women™ and Women of Grace™ and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.  Other members include Karen Herrmann, Anne Recznik, Lisa Ledyard, Karen Jedrzejewski, Carolyn Canizzarro and Kathy Broyard.