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Posted on Apr 27, 2015

Toward the Jubilee Campaign

Click Here to make a donation today – select Toward the Jubilee Campaign under Donation Purpose.

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To download the information on this page: NSC Toward the Jubilee Case StatementToward the Jubilee Pledge Form

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal exists to invite all people to experience the fire and baptism of the Holy Spirit—an encounter which opens us all to a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father.

To serve the Church in her understanding and proclamation of “baptism in the Holy Spirit,” the National Service Committee (NSC) was established to guide the faithful in developing a relationship with the third person of the Trinity: God the Holy Spirit.

Pope John Paul II summed it up best in 2004, “Thanks to the Charismatic Movement many . . . have rediscovered Pentecost as a living and present reality in their daily life.” He declared, “I desire that the spirituality of Pentecost be spread in the Church as a renewed thirst of prayer, holiness, communion and proclamation.”

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Please pray with us!

The Renewal, with “baptism in the Holy Spirit” at its heart, is given to the Church for a “new evangelization” and the transformation of society.

As a fruit of the Second Vatican Council, the Charismatic Renewal began in 1967 at Duquesne University igniting baptism in the Holy Spirit around the globe. Since then it has resulted in the deeper conversions of over 150 million Catholics worldwide—tens of millions right here in the U.S.—who have had their lives transformed by this grace in the life of the Church.

During the 45th Anniversary Conference (Philadelphia 2012) the NSC announced with other leadership groups in the Renewal plans for a Jubilee celebration. This five-year preparation journey is a time to celebrate and give thanks for the many blessings received as well as an opportunity to move forward in new ways, with new zeal and with new power.

One of the priests in the Renewal shares how his life was forever changed when the unconditional love of God was poured into his heart when he was baptized in the Holy Spirit. “A dramatic change took place in my priesthood after being ‘baptized in the Holy Spirit’ . . . I always believed that God loved me but being baptized in the Holy Spirit gave me a personal experience of God’s love that was and continues to be so vivid it colors and influences everything in my life! I’m sure I would not be a priest today had it not happened to me . . . The light was turned on in the library of my years of study, bringing new life, vitality and excitement to my faith.”

At a recent conference a young adult shared: “As a freshman in college I decided to take a leap of faith and join a [college outreach ministry] looking for something more… I was blown away by the holiness of the people and the leadership and was baptized in the Holy Spirit. It was amazing. There were no fireworks, but a few tears…really felt a difference in my life: desired to read Scripture for the first time, desired to evangelize, to reach out, to take this faith that we have and share it with others.”

This outpouring of the Holy Spirit called the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a response to the critical challenges facing our Church today. It is a divine opportunity to reject the pop culture’s new-age views and replace it with a “culture of Pentecost.” It offers answers to the questions so many ask:

  • How do we raise our children/grandchildren in the Faith?
  • How can we pass on our relationship with the Lord to our neighbors and the rest of society?
  • How do we live holy lives in an increasing anti-Catholic, anti-Christian society?

Here in the United States the Renewal is supported by the NSC. This leadership team is currently comprised of nine laymen and laywomen, a deacon, and one diocesan priest. Its mission is “to foster the dynamic grace of baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5), which empowered the members of the early Church at Pentecost.”

Formed in 1970 to provide service, leadership and vision to the growing number of individuals experiencing a new relationship with the person, presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the NSC has always sought to be “in” the Church. The current Episcopal Consultants to the NSC are Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis and Bishop Sam Jacobs of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Today the NSC continues advancing efforts of the Renewal here in the United States through leadership training, resource development and ongoing services to support the “New Evangelization” and baptism in the Holy Spirit:

  • Convene Annual Conferences. Focusing on leaders as well as those in a variety of service ministries to develop their growth in life in the Spirit.
  • Initiate Dynamic Outreach Events. Supporting national and local leaders, Renewal participants, Youth Ministers, as well as Young Adults and Families.
  • Develop Tools for the New Evangelization. Growing use of social media, websites and other electronic communications, e.g. Facebook extends the message of God’s love, the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to Renewal participants as well as newer audiences.
  • Publish Pentecost Today and other materials. Supporting life in the Holy Spirit with a particular emphasis on leadership formation.
  • Staff Chariscenter USA. Where the day-to-day work gets done!
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Toward the Jubilee

To better serve the Church and move towards the 2017 anniversary of the Duquesne weekend, the NSC’s Toward the Jubilee Campaign seeks to raise $1 million with two goals in mind: expand our events and electronic outreach to newer audiences, particularly youth and young adults (included here is the hiring of a young adult minister for this area of outreach); and strengthen the long term financial stability of the NSC through the Third Millennium Fund for the New Evangelization.

Bishop Jacobs, an Episcopal Consultant and active donor, encourages, “I invite you to either continue or become part of the great work that NSC/Chariscenter USA is doing to bring people into the grace of Pentecost, the sanctifying and anointing gift of the Holy Spirit. God has blessed you. Now he is asking you to bless others through your generous support of the work of the Gospel.”

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household, adds, “I strongly recommend to you the National Service Committee. It is a providential instrument to promote Renewal in the Holy Spirit and New Evangelization.” (To hear more of his support of the NSC Click Here for a video on our Donations page).

For more information on contributing to Toward the Jubilee, please contact the NSC’s Executive Director, Walter Matthews at (800) 338-2445 or wmatthews@nsc-chariscenter.org.

Click on the following for more Toward the Jubilee Campaign resources:

To download the information on this page:

NSC Toward the Jubilee Case Statement * Toward the Jubilee Pledge Form

Click Here to make a donation today – select Toward the Jubilee Campaign under Donation Purpose.

Thank You!

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Campaign Committee & 2015 National Service Committee of the catholic Charismatic Renewal in the U.S.