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In addition to the counsel the National Service Committee receives from the NSC Council, it receives specific counsel in the areas of theological and Episcopal. The Chairperson of the Association of Diocesan Liaisons will also be a consultant.

Episcopal Consultants

Archbishop Robert J Carlson is a native of Minneapolis, MN. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1970. He earned a Master of Divinity from St. Paul Seminary in 1976 and a Licentiate of Canon Law from Catholic University of America in 1979.

He was ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in1984. In 1995 he was made Bishop of Sioux Falls, SD. In 2004, he was made Bishop of Saginaw, MI. On April 21, 2009 he was named the Archbisop of Saint Louis.

Archbishop Carlson has served as past president of the National Foundation for Catholic Youth Ministry, past chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Vocations and its Ad Hoc Committee on Youth, and a member of its Committee on Laity. Currently he is Episcopal Advisor for the Cursillo Movement/Region VI and one of the NSC’s two Episcopal Consultants.


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.

Theological Consultants


Kilian McDonnell, OSB has been a monk/priest of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN since 1945. For the larger portion of his life Kilian McDonnell has been active as a professional theologian, and a university professor. He received his StD from the theological faculty of Trier, Germany. He has been involved in theological ecumenical discussions nationally and internationally. Between 1972-1992 he served as the Catholic co-chair of the International Dialog between Classical Pentecostals and Roman Catholics. For some fifteen years he was a consulter to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Vatican ecumenical office. He has been a member of the international dialogues with the Disciples of Christ, and with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and of the national dialogues with the Lutherans and with the Presbyterians. In 1967 he founded and became the executive director of The Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research (renamed the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in 2005). At the present he serves as its president.

He has been a Theological Consultant since 1973. His early theological reflections on the Charismatic Renewal such as the Malines documents and co-wrote Christian Initiation and Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Evidence from the First Eight Centuries with Fr. George Montague.

He began writing poetry seriously at the age of 75. His latest book of poetry is entitled Wrestling with God.

Fr. George Montague, SM he professed his first vows as a Marianst, in Galesville, Wisconsin in 1947. He was ordained in 1958 and received his Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1959 and his doctorate in Sacred Theology in 1960.

Since 1971 he has been involved in and served in various advisory capacities to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. He was invited to address American and Canadian Bishops or their representatives attending the International Conference on the Charismatic Renewal at Notre Dame, Indiana, in June 1974. He was been a contributing editor of New Covenant, a member of the National Service Committee from 1978-1982 andhas been one of the NSC’s Theological Consultants since 1990.

He is the author of some twenty books. His latest book is entitled Mary’s Life in the Spirit: Meditations on a Holy Duet. He has been a speaker on six continents and has recently co-founded a charismatic religious community, the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple in San Antonio, Texas.


Fr. Anthony G. Ouellette is a priest of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, ordained in 2006.  He was assigned as the Ecclesial Assistant to the Charismatic Renewal for his archdiocese in 2009, which began his participation in the Association of Diocesan Liaisons.  Currently, he is a member of the Steering Committee. His encounter with the Renewal began during his service in the U.S. Navy, 1992-1998, where he served as an Electronics Technician, spending four and a half years of that time overseas in Asia.  After one year of college upon his discharge, he was accepted by his archdiocese as a seminarian and studied for three years at Conception Seminary College, Conception, Missouri and finished his formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.  It was during those years of seminary that he again had encounters with the Renewal specifically through retreats.  Since his ordination, he has served as an associate pastor, a high school chaplain, and has been pastor for five different parishes.  His current assignment is as Pastor of All Saints Parish, Kansas City, Kansas, an ethnically diverse inner-city parish, which is the consolidation of six different parishes.