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2-Year Program: 
Drawing from the richness of our Catholic heritage, we seek to teach, equip & 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.



Jesus promised, “These signs will accompany those who believe…they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17)  Jesus has called us to do the works he did, and that includes healing the sick.  This event is a two-day conference (Friday night and Saturday) to teach, equip and activate Christians to be a more effective minister of Jesus’ healing in the world!  Class runs 6:15pm-9:30pm Friday, and 8:30am-4:30pm Saturday.  Students are invited to serve as prayer ministers for the all-city healing service the evening of  5/18.

St. Susanna Parish Meyer Center, 500 Reading Road, Mason OH

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ALL CITY HEALING SERVICE– May 18, 7:00pm-9:30pm

HEALING SERVICE  This evening is free and open to anyone in need of healing. Please invite your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors of any faith or background.  The evening includes a gospel teaching on healing, corporate healing prayer and individual prayer with trained teams.  Jesus still heals today and desires to demonstrate His love and the truth of the Gospel through healing, wonders and miracles!

St. Susanna Church, 616 Reading Road, Mason OH

FREE event, open to the public.  No registration required.



SUMMER INTENSIVE– July 8-11, 2024


THE SUMMER INTENSIVE is a four night series that provides a survey of the content offered in the first four quarters of the Encounter School of Ministry. Not only is the Summer Intensive a great review for current students and graduates wishing to go deeper, but is perfect for those desiring to attend the Cincinnati Campus during the year but are unable to do so because of distance or schedule. The Summer Intensive is also ideal for those who are discerning their enrollment in the Encounter School of Ministry for the Fall, but would like to experience our content and culture beforehand.  The topics covered include Identity and Transformation (Monday), Hearing God and the Prophetic Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Tuesday), Power and Healing (Wednesday) and Inner Healing & Freedom (Thursday).

Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave. Norwood, OH 45212

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Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center
5440 Moeller Ave., Norwood, OH 45212


The Cincinnati Campus is a satellite school of the Encounter School of Ministry (ESM) founded by Fr. Mathias Thelen and Patrick Reis. Our leadership and instructors have been trained and equipped by ESM and receive ongoing formation through Encounter Ministries.

Lodging:  Available for students who travel at $60/ night. Please contact eventsgroup@olhsc.org to make a reservation.

2023-2024 Class Schedule

General Info
Application Deadline: Oct. 11
All Classes Start: Sept. 11
All Classes Date/Time: MONDAYS from 6-9PM

Year 1 Students:
Classroom: Fr. Smith Hall (FSH)

Year 2 Students:
Classroom: Ave Maria Hall (AMH)


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.

Deacon Russ Feldkamp

School Director


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Associate School Director


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Worship Leader


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Kaitlyn Cartone

Leadership Team & Instructor


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Missy Feldkamp

Leadership Team & Instructor


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Chris Stier



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Annie Reute




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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



Thank You to
Our Archbishop

The Encounter School of Ministry and all satellite campuses  operate under the approval, obedience and discretion of our local bishops. 

May 17-18, 2024
School of Healing
Cincinnati, OH

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May 18, 2024
All-City Healing Service
Cincinnati, OH

FREE event, no registration required

July 8-11, 2024
Summer Intensive
Cincinnati, OH

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Theology FAQ

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

What if I "lost" my healing?

Are "charisms" part of an optional spirituality?

Do you need the "gift" of healing or prophecy to minister in these gifts?

Did Jesus really reject signs and wonders?


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Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center
5440 Moeller Ave., Norwood, OH 45212

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