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Drawing from the richness of our Catholic heritage, we seek to teach, equip and activate disciples to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in their sphere of influence.


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Why a 2-Year Ministry School?

This short video gives an overview of the Encounter School of Ministry (ESM) explained by co-founders, Fr. Mathias Thelen and Patrick Reis, along with members of Encounter Ministries. Our Satellite Campus follows the curriculum, core values and classroom environment explained in this video, but is led by a local team who receive ongoing training and formation from the Encounter Ministries and Encounter School of Ministry leadership team.




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2-Year Curriculum

Classroom Environment

Each class includes a time of worship, testimony, teaching sessions, activations and small group time.

When do we meet?

Faithful Teaching

Before approval, our curriculum undergoes a rigorous academic curriculum review with a team of respected Catholic theologians, including  Dr. Mary Healy, Dr. Alan Schreck, Dr. Daniel Keating, Rev. Peter F. Ryan, S.J., and Dr. Robert Fastiggi.

Not only did they work to guarantee that the curriculum is free from moral and doctrinal error and rooted deeply in Scripture, official Church teaching and the testimony of the early Church fathers, but they helped to provide greater precision and accuracy in the curriculum to diminish possible confusion and ensure full continuity with Church teaching.

This campus has been reviewed and approved by the bishop of this diocese.



All satellite campus leaders and instructors are graduates of the Encounter School of Ministry and strive to live out the ESM Core Values.

Fr. Radek

Jaszczuk C.Ss.R


Fr Radek Jaszczuk, C.Ss.R is a Redemptorist priest. Fr. Radek is the Pastor of St. Mary Francis of the Five Wounds. He was born in Poland. At the age of 17, he experienced a radical encounter with Jesus and the Holy Spirit which transformed his life. He was ordained priest in 1991. Fr. Radek spent twenty-two years as a missionary in Argentina and twelve years as a missionary in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a doctorate in Missiology from UKSW Catholic University in Warsaw.
Fr Radek has a heart for God’s people. He desires to bring healing, evangelization and the fullness of the power of the Holy Spirit to bring all to Jesus.



Lauretta M. Froelich is an attorney and retired prosecutor with the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney in Chicago Illinois. Lauretta is a graduate of Saint Mary’s of Notre Dame, Indiana and received her Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School in 1997.

Lauretta serves in leadership for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal on its Archdiocese of Chicago Service Team and as a board member for the National Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Pentecost Today, U.S.A. She is a lifelong member of St. Luke Parish in River Forest, Illinois. In 1987, she graduated, from the two-year Archdiocese Lay Ministry Training Program, co-founder of Warriors of Worship Ministries and Coordinator for Catholic Charismatic conferences nationally and internationally. Lauretta is currently a co-host of “Winds of Change” Radio Program, 750 AM Chicago, Illinois.

Lauretta’s heart is to see God’s people in love and on fire, alive in the Holy Spirit, empowered to know Christ in the fullness of His person. Where living the gifts of the Holy Spirit in His Church and sacraments is normal Christianity.

Deacon Jean Boussari


Deacon Jean Boussari has been involved in lay ministry in Benin (West Africa) after his faith conversion. After moving to the US in 2007, he responded to the call to be ordained deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2022. He loves to share the stories of what God has done in his life and can’t wait to witness what God has in store for you.
Deacon Jean is married to Trisha. Together, they have two young sons. When Jean is not working or doing ministry work, he may be found playing superheroes with his sons! Contemplating superhero powers serves as a wonderful reminder of the power the Holy Spirit gives us to make God known in our world.

Deacon Rich



Deacon Rich Holevoet serves at Our Lady of Humility and St. Patrick’s Parish in Wadsworth IL since his
ordination in 2016. He has worked with Sword of the Spirit Healing Ministries since 2009, serving as
director since 2016. Deacon Rich has a passion for the Good News and desires to live out his identity as
son of the Father utilizing the supernatural gifts as witnessed in the gospels and lives of the saints
In 2020 Deacon Rich saw an opportunity to enter the very first online class for the Encounter School of
ministry and was blown away by the content of this school and the foundation that is built on Identity.
He lives in Beach Park IL with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Lily, who will graduate from the University of Iowa in 2023.


Kwaku Nimo

Mark Kwaku Nimo comes from Ghana in West Africa. He is married to Mercy and has three daughters. Mark earned a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union in May, 2006 and an Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry in May 2012. He currently serves as Director of Faith Formation at St. Moses the Black Parish and Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Through his involvement in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Mark has ministered in over forty-five countries worldwide on all continents.
For a period of ten years, Mark served as the representative for all Anglophone African countries on the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) office in the Vatican. Mark spent 6 months on the Island of Malta, for his discipleship training school (DTS) with the International Catholic Programme of Evangelization (ICPE) in 1990. After his training, he spent two years as a lay missionary in Uganda, East Africa working in discipleship training schools at the Emmaus Center (Luwero) and doing ministry to people with HIV/AIDS.




Peter Newburn, DMin, has served in full-time ministry at the parish, diocesan, and
national levels for 35+ years. From 2012-2015, Peter and his wife Joy, along with their
three children, were a missionary family in Cameroon (West Africa), where Peter taught
theology at the major seminary. He continues to go to Cameroon annually to lead priest
retreats and provide formation for lay leaders in various dioceses. He is fluent in
Spanish. Peter teaches Scripture and leadership formation courses at the University of St
Mary of the Lake (Mundelein) and serves as a mentor and coach with Divine Renovation,
a Catholic organization that supports pastors from all over the world in the work of
parish renewal. Peter’s passion is to help others to use their gifts to fulfill God’s
purposes for His people.


Cost of Tuition

Satellite Campus


 The tuition for the upcoming school year is $250 per quarter (with a discount if you pay by the year). Required books and Mission Trips cost extra.

Enrollment Period
Students enroll and pay tuition for one year at a time. Classes usually start mid-September and run through May. Official dates and class times vary per campus. Upon completion of the 2nd Year School of Ministry, students receive a graduation certificate.

Tuition includes Half Price Admission to the annual Encounter Conference (in-person or online ticket).


Application Process
Tuition & Financial Aid
Enrollment Requirements
Graduation & Curriculum

Course Materials


Additional Reading

In total, textbooks for Year 1 will cost approximately $75 – $100 (not including shipping): Quarter 1: Supernatural Saints by Patrick Reis | Quarter 2: The Spiritual Gifts Handbook by Dr. Mary Healy & Dr. Randy Clark |  Quarter 3: Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World by Dr. Mary Healy  |  Quarter 4: Be Healed by Dr. Bob Schuchts |  Deliverance Ministry by the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services Doctrinal Commission, Dr. Mary Healy

Application Process
The application is free. Applications are accepted until halfway through Q1. You will receive submission confirmation as we begin our discernment process. You should be notified within two weeks.

Basic Requirements
– A min. of 18 years of age or High School graduate
– You do not need to be Catholic to apply


Local events are also listed higher up on the page 



REVIVE | Fremont High School, NE

Encounter School of Ministry students join Patrick Reis and Fr. Walter Nolte at a Nebraska High School.

Encounter Conference | 2022

Flagship Event | We seek to gather leaders of revival in the Church to encounter God’s refreshment, encouragement and impartation of greater anointing for ministry. Tickets >


FEARLESS Documentary

Veteran filmmaker Maura Smith takes us on a compelling journey of discovery into the world of supernatural divine power. Following the journey of Encounter Ministries, we see miracles of God through the hands of ordinary people.

Why a 2-Year School of Ministry?

Designed and established from the heart of Encounter Ministries, this school draws from the richness of our Catholic heritage as we seek to teach, equip, and activate disciples to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in their spheres of influence.

Theology FAQ

Is it licit for lay people to lay hands on the sick?

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Are "charisms" part of an optional spirituality?

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Did Jesus really reject signs and wonders?


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