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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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Spotlight:
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.

OUR CAMPUS

Location:

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
2441 Dockery Ave., Selma, CA 93631

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The San Antonio 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.

2024-25 Class Schedule

 

All September classes are free & open to those discerning applying to the school.

General Info
Application Deadline: Oct. 4, 2024
All Classes Start: September 2024
All Classes Date/Time: TUESDAYS from 6:00-9:00 PM

Typical Class Night Schedule:
5:00pm   Praise & Worship, Testimonies
6:10pm   Small Groups
6:40pm   Session 1
7:50pm   Session 2

 

COURSES

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.

TEAM MEMBERS

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

Diana Gomez

Campus Director
Bio

Diana, married for over 23 years with four daughters, is a devout Catholic with roots that run deep in the faith. Her love for the holy Eucharist and admiration for St. Therese, the Little Flower, reflect her spiritual journey guided by the little way. Currently serving as the Director of Encounter Ministries Satellite School in Fresno, CA, Diana is actively involved in her church community, bringing 12 years of ministry experience to her role. As a dynamic speaker, she shares her enthusiasm for the Lord and fosters a spirit of hospitality. A proud Encounter Ministries alumna, Diana has undergone training in inner healing, prophetic guidance, and physical healing through Encounter Ministries and Healing the Whole Person/Be Healed. Co-leading a prayer group, she remains dedicated to advancing the kingdom and deepening her love for the Lord.

Cindy Anderson

Leadership Team
Bio

I am a lover of Jesus and devoted servant to His ministry for 20+ years. I am a graduate of ESM, which transformed by my life by finally seeing myself and others as Jesus does. Now I joyfully journey with others through ESM and see Jesus moving in huge ways in me and through me. When not serving at Encounter you can find my husband and I spending time with family or paddle boarding & sailing.

Angel Alatorre

Leadership Team
Bio

Angel Alatorre, a charismatic speaker with an impressive 20 years of preaching experience, is a beacon of inspiration in the Catholic community. Having studied Lay ministry formation and achieved the distinction of being a Certified Master Catechist, Angel’s commitment to deepening the understanding of the faith is evident. His profound love for father God and devotion to our lady shape his spiritual journey, infusing his teachings with passion and authenticity. Known for moving in the spirit, Angel is not only a speaker but a conduit for the divine, sharing his profound love for the Catholic faith and leaving an indelible impact on those who have the privilege of hearing his message.

Ramona Bujulian

Leadership Team
Bio

Ramona’s personal journey, marked by struggles and perseverance, has become a source of inspiration for others. Her faith-filled perspective is evident in her desire to share stories as a testimony to God’s restorative power and faithfulness. She finds joy in witnessing others come to know the mercy and love of Jesus Christ through personal encounters. She continues to embody the biblical principle that faith, even as small as a mustard seed, can move mountains and make the seemingly impossible attainable. Her life serves as a beacon of hope, encouraging others to trust in their faith and embrace the restorative power of God.

Diana Gomez

Campus Director
Bio

Diana, married for over 23 years with four daughters, is a devout Catholic with roots that run deep in the faith. Her love for the holy Eucharist and admiration for St. Therese, the Little Flower, reflect her spiritual journey guided by the little way. Currently serving as the Director of Encounter Ministries Satellite School in Fresno, CA, Diana is actively involved in her church community, bringing 12 years of ministry experience to her role. As a dynamic speaker, she shares her enthusiasm for the Lord and fosters a spirit of hospitality. A proud Encounter Ministries alumna, Diana has undergone training in inner healing, prophetic guidance, and physical healing through Encounter Ministries and Healing the Whole Person/Be Healed. Co-leading a prayer group, she remains dedicated to advancing the kingdom and deepening her love for the Lord.

Cindy Anderson

Co-Director
Bio

I am a lover of Jesus and devoted servant to His ministry for 20+ years. I am a graduate of ESM, which transformed by my life by finally seeing myself and others as Jesus does. Now I joyfully journey with others through ESM and see Jesus moving in huge ways in me and through me. When not serving at Encounter you can find my husband and I spending time with family or paddle boarding & sailing.

Angel Alatorre

Leadership Team
Bio

Angel Alatorre, a charismatic speaker with an impressive 20 years of preaching experience, is a beacon of inspiration in the Catholic community. Having studied Lay ministry formation and achieved the distinction of being a Certified Master Catechist, Angel’s commitment to deepening the understanding of the faith is evident. His profound love for father God and devotion to our lady shape his spiritual journey, infusing his teachings with passion and authenticity. Known for moving in the spirit, Angel is not only a speaker but a conduit for the divine, sharing his profound love for the Catholic faith and leaving an indelible impact on those who have the privilege of hearing his message.

Ramona Bujulian

Leadership Team
Bio

Ramona’s personal journey, marked by struggles and perseverance, has become a source of inspiration for others. Her faith-filled perspective is evident in her desire to share stories as a testimony to God’s restorative power and faithfulness. She finds joy in witnessing others come to know the mercy and love of Jesus Christ through personal encounters. She continues to embody the biblical principle that faith, even as small as a mustard seed, can move mountains and make the seemingly impossible attainable. Her life serves as a beacon of hope, encouraging others to trust in their faith and embrace the restorative power of God.

Stephanie Rodriguez

Co-Director
Bio

Stephanie Rodriguez is the Co-Director and  Marketing Coordinator at ESM Satellite Fresno. With over fifteen years of experience in ministry, she is passionate about serving the body of Christ. Stephanie has now embarked on a new journey to continue serving in a new capacity. As an alumna, Stephanie has realized that the heavens remain open since the baptism of the Lord. This realization has prompted her to follow God’s scripture, which says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks will receive, and those who seek will find, and to those who knock, the door will be opened.” Stephanie’s passion for serving others is evident in everything she does. She possesses excellent skills, attention to detail, and the ability to connect with people from all walks of life. With a wealth of experience in ministry, Stephanie is always eager to learn more and share her knowledge with others

Corina Mendoza

Leadership Team
Bio

Corina Mendoza, married for 18 years and a mother of four, holds professional degrees in school psychology and counseling. As a devoted Catholic woman, she has actively engaged in ministry for over two decades, specializing in youth and music ministry. Corina has led retreats, facilitated faith-based study groups, and orchestrated worship and adoration nights. Over the last three years, she has pursued ongoing training in inner healing and is close to completing a certification in spiritual direction. With a profound interest in personal spiritual growth, Corina passionately assists others in encountering God and accompanies them on their spiritual journey. Her mission extends to building up the body of Christ by sharing her charisms..

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Cost of Tuition

Satellite Campus

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 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).

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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

EVENTS

Thank You to Our
Bishop

We are grateful to the bishops who have reviewed the work of Encounter Ministries and the Encounter School of Ministry, welcomed us to their diocese and have offered support and encouragement for this mission.

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Testimonies

MEDIA

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?

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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St. Joseph Catholic Church
2441 Dockery Ave., Selma, CA 93631

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