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Charis SEA Youth LSS Training 2019


We are Charismatics!


Bukit Mertajam, Penang: The need to focus on young people as the next generation to continue the work of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) was the clarion call at the Charis South East Asian Conference at the Church of St. Anne, August 9 to 11 with the theme “That they may all be one” - Jn 17:21.

Further to this, there will be a Charis South East Asian training and formation session for youth leaders on presenting the LSS in Kuala Lumpur Nov 15-17, 2019 and Charis Youth Conference in Jakarta in 2020.

More than 500 delegates from the different Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) groups across Asia participated in the first ever Charis conference.

A keynote address was delivered in the form of a “missionary mandate” by the Bishop of Penang cum Episcopal Advisor of PMST, Rt.Rev Dato Sebastian Francis.

Bishop Sebastian called upon the delegates to take up mission as an imperative, to make it an obligation for every baptized Catholic as the mission was entrusted by the Holy Spirit.

“Our baptism, the laying of hands and the Spirit’s empowerment leads to purification, sanctification, mission and communion; therefore the Holy Spirit through Pope Francis calls us to be missionary disciples of joy, mercy and hope”, Bishop Sebastian said.

Various sessions kept the participants in stiches as they covered topics on leadership, the direction of charismatic renewal and the objectives of Charis.

Charis International moderator Dr.Jean-Luc Moens spoke on why Charis was formed and it’s objectives. He shared that it was the initiative of Pope Francis who recognized the CCR as a “current of grace” to renew the Church and that the testimony of the CCR is more effective when it is a testimony of UNITY and SERVICE. He stressed that Charis International is only a service body of communion and that local renewal groups are under the authority of the respective local bishops.

He challenged all those present to become living saints by working together, and to refer to Charis’ key points given by Pope Francis: promoting baptism in the Holy Spirit, unity of all Christians, service of the poor and those most in need.

In helping the delegates to become more effective missionaries, session on Love in Action and Servant Leadership were presented respectively by Charis International Service Communion members, Bro James Shin from South Korea and Andres Arango from the United States.

“True service to the poor is unconditional love, and one cannot follow the Holy Spirit without love and compassion for the poor,” said Bro Shin.

Andres noted that in servant leadership, leaders are servants leading people not to themselves but to Jesus. There is a need for a good leadership succession development plan, just as how Jesus handed over the mission to his apostles after three years of ministry.

Charis NSC member Cyril John from India shared on the topics of Visionary Leadership and Intercessor’s Journey, in which he hoped all will “live life as an intercessor which can eventually change the destiny of many things.”

The conference also learnt on the importance of Life in the Spirit Seminar in addressing vital family and personal challenges through Penang Diocese CCR head Andre Ong.

Besides the sessions, delegates were also given opportunity to participate in open forums discussing Charis’ relationship with the CCR and various charismatic communities.

All member countries of ASEAN and delegates were commissioned on the final day with Mass celebrated by Bishop Sebastian Francis.

Recent PMST meeting


Catholic Charismatic Renewal – A New Breeze of Hope is Blowing into the Church- Archbishop Julian Leow

KUALA LUMPUR.  The Peninsula Malaysia Service Team (PMST) of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) met on 10 October 2014 at the KL Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre. During the meeting, both Archbishop Julian Leow and Bishop Sebastian Francis encouraged the respective Diocesan Service Teams and their prayer groups to focus on Mission & Evangelization. 
All upcoming programs, seminars or formations organized by the Diocesan Service Teams must be focused on the preparation for mission and missionary lives that is anchored towards Christ and Mother Mary hand in hand to ensure the CCR bodies in Peninsular Malaysia moves in a direction which is aligned with the pastoral initiatives and plans of the Peninsular Malaysia Church. 
As the Peninsular Malaysia Church is gearing towards the next Peninsular Malaysia Pastoral Convention (PMPC-IV) in the year 2016 and as part of the faith formation and spiritual preparations for the PMPC, Bishop Sebastian encouraged the respective Diocesan Service Teams to carry on doing the relevant CCR programs for the parishioners including Spiritual Leadership formation programs, Life in the Spirit Seminars (LSS), Growth in the Spirit Seminars (GSS) whilst also taking the necessary initiatives to strengthen the parish prayers groups which are the root base of the CCR.
Most Rev Archbishop Julian Leow concluded by affirming that the CCR has been a catalyst of faith in Peninsula Malaysia and gave his blessing for the CCR to continue the good work that they had been doing over the years.
Report by – Terence Zavier (KL AST)

Pope Francis speaks about the Holy Spirit


“You can follow a thousand catechism courses, a thousand spirituality courses, a thousand yoga or zen courses and all these things. But none of this will be able to give you the freedom as a child (of God).  Only the Holy Spirit can prompt your heart to say ‘Father.’

The Pope’s reflections came from the day's gospel reading that recounted how the apostles were terrified when they saw Jesus walking on water.  And the reason for their terror, he explained, is that their hearts were hardened.

"Mirror" men and women and religious narcissists

Pope Francis said a person’s heart can be made of stone for many reasons, such as, for example, a painful experience in one’s life. But as he went on to point out, another reason for hardened hearts is because people are closed in on themselves.




by Cyril John

There were two masons at work. Someone approached the first mason and enquired as to what he was doing. The mason replied, “I am placing one brick upon another.” The visitor then repeated the question to the second mason and he said, “I am building a Cathedral.”

The first mason could not relate what he was  doing to the entire project of building a Cathedral. The second mason had a clear vision, for he saw his contribution in relation to the entire project. He always had in mind the project drawn up by the chief architect for the Cathedral. The same could happen to our intercession. We could continue to say prayers that do not go beyond our head or beyond the room we are in.....

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This video was made as the CCR in Peninsular Malaysia celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013.


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