The annual Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference


hispaniccharismaticconference1-webLast weekend, Hispanic Catholics in the Diocese of Camden came together in two days of praise, worship, and formation at Divine Mercy Parish in Vineland.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, the fourth annual Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference took place, celebrating the Year of Faith with the theme of “If you believe, you will see the glory of God” (John 11:40).
The keynote speaker for the conference was Father Ivan Cardona, pastor of Holy Cross Parish in the Diocese of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and the Bishop’s Delegate for Liturgy. He also performed a concert during the event. The music ministry was Jesus, I Trust in You, from Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Atlantic City.
Father Ariel Hernandez, pastor of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Newfield, also spoke to the 500 people gathered on “Transmitting the Faith Through Service.”
The day concluded with a Mass celebrated by Camden Bishop Dennis Sullivan.
hispaniccharismaticconference2-webThe next day, Nov. 3, Father Cardona spoke at a leadership formation event to 120 Hispanic leaders from several prayer groups around the diocese, in a day that focused on building bridges between prayer groups and parishes, and learning the role that charismatic music plays in prayer groups and liturgies.
Andres Arango, Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Camden and Bishop’s Delegate to Hispanics, also spoke to the leaders, on spiritual identity.
“The conference was a beautiful moment to share together our faith, in one spirit, as one body. God was wonderful, giving us the opportunity to feel his presence and empowering us to be missionaries who take their faith to those in need,” said Kathia Arango, Diocesan Coordinator for the Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Renewal.