Seeing the light

Sept 1-7. 2005
VOL 124 NO. 29
Seeing the light
By Luke Eggleston/ SUN staff writer
Charismatic groups come together for a special event

The Charismatic Prayer Groups of the Northern Region will host their first joint event Sept. 9 though Sept. 13 in Oswego.

The event, entitled “Inner Healing and Renewal with Thea Loughery,” will feature a public session Friday night, Saturday and Tuesday

The event is sponsored by St. Joseph’s Church, Oswego; the Lord’s Delight Covenant Community, Oswego; St. Peter’s, Oswego; Immaculate Conception Church, Fulton and the Pentecost Revival Prayer Community, Fulton.

According to Father Stephen Wirkes, the pastor at Immaculate Conception, one of the purposes of the event is to bring together Charismatic communities in the Northern Region.

Despite his enthusiasm and faith in Charismatic worship, Father Wirkes was not sure what to expect from the Week of Healing and Renewal.

Charismatic groups throughout the Syracuse Diocese have long been too atomized, Father Wirkes stressed and Father Amedeo Guida, the diocesan director of charismatic renewal, determined that more of an emphasis must be placed on bringing charismatic groups together.

Father Wirkes recalls a time when one charismatic renewal group would be unaware of a counterpart mere blocks away.

Thea Loughery is an internationally acclaimed speaker from Elijah House, a non-denominational organization committed to charismatic practices.

Based in Post Falls, Idaho, Elijah House was founded in 1973 by John and Paula Sandford. In a release detailing its purpose and mission, Elijah House defers to Scripture. According to the release, Elijah House was founded “with the mandate to restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers,” quoting Malachi 7:1-2.

Counseling sessions at Elijah House seek to address a Christian’s issues at their root using a variety of creative methods such as visualization.

Lord’s Delight Covenant Community organizer Jim Galvin first encountered Elijah House when he attended a counseling session last year. The sequence of sessions included four-hour daily, one-on-one sessions for a total of 15 hours.

Galvin described the event as “a radical adjustment to his whole way of thinking.”

Throughout his life, Galvin said he had considered himself a “failure,” despite being a successful Oswego businessman and the father of 11 children.

Galvin traced this mysterious feeling back to an undisclosed problem he had had since he was 5 years old.

“Since my earliest awareness, I had these feelings of rejection and I never understood it,” Galvin said.

Through a series of sessions with Loughery, which included intensive visualization practices, Galvin was finally able to heal the problem at its root.

“I’m at complete ease with myself,” he said.

Although Elijah House is non-denominational, Loughery herself happens to be Catholic.

Galvin believes that anyone interested in attending the “Week of Inner Healing and Renewal with Thea Loughery” will undergo a transformational experience.

“Their eyes will be open to things in their life,” Galvin said.

Loughery is known world wide for her ministry. She has taught seminars in Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Africa and throughout the U.S. Before arriving at Elijah House in 1996, Loughery had gone through 15 years of training and experience in prayer ministry. She has served as a prayer minister, a small group leader and a teacher at her local church. She has also been employed as an advocate for families in crisis.

According to her biography, “Thea has a deep compassion for those who are suffering. She moves in prophetic anointing and ministers to individuals, as well as couples and families in all areas of inner healing and deliverance.”

Friday night’s public session will be held at 7 p.m. in St. Peter’s Church in Oswego.

Saturday will include three teachings in three sessions at St. Joseph’s in Oswego. The first session will go from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; the second from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the third will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The topics that will be covered Saturday include “Biblical Basis,” Ingredients of Prayer Ministry,” “Bitter Root Judgements,” “Inner Vows,” “Hearts of Stone,” and “Generational Issues.”

Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., St. Joseph’s will host a “Healing Mass” to cap off the week.

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