Learn to Live a Supernatural Lifestyle
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.
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.
*** NEW LOCATION ***
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
1111 Taylor-Kidd Blvd., Kingston, Ontario, K7M 8G8
The Kingston 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.
Classes are on Monday evenings (6:15 – 9:30 pm). The school year begins in September and runs through May.
Applications for 2023 are OPEN
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The "King's Town"
“See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19) Kingston, Ontario, first settled in the 17th century was the First Capital of a United Canada. This “Limestone City,” known as a place where “history and innovation thrive,” is where we are launching an Encounter Ministries Satellite Campus. Founded on the Rock of Jesus Christ, anchored in the rich history and tradition of the Catholic Church, open to the innovation of the Holy Spirit, we aim to make this the “King’s Town” where his Kingdom has come on earth as it is in heaven! Join us and become a member of the King’s army for justice, love and peace.
Our Lady of Divine Fire Mission
The Encounter School of Ministry – Kingston Campus is an apostolate of Our Lady of Divine Fire Mission.
Our Lady of Divine Fire Mission was created in 2020 to advance the Kingdom of God by setting hearts on fire with Divine Love. We aim to help transform our culture by embracing the fullness of God’s promises revealed in Scripture and Tradition, and as demonstrated by the early Church.
Our mission: Guiding God’s people to holiness, healing and freedom, and equipping them for mission.
Q5: Intimacy with God
Q6: Advanced Ministry Training
Q7: Power Evangelization
Q8: Leadership & Deployment
Each class includes a time of worship, testimony, teaching sessions, activations and small group time.
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.
Miriam’s passion is helping people embrace their identity and destiny in Christ as a beloved child of the Father. She has travelled to countries on four continents to lead others to experience a personal Pentecost and freedom in Christ. Miriam is the President of Our Lady of Divine Fire Mission whose apostolate includes the Kingston Campus of the Encounter School of Ministry. Miriam has a Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spiritual Direction. She serves on the Board of Renewal Ministries Canada, Heart of the Father (Unbound) Ministries and Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO, Campus ministry).
Miriam and her husband Bill are members of St. Paul the Apostle parish in Kingston. They have a grown son and three delightful grandchildren who call them “Oma” and “Opa.”
Fr. Brian McNally
Chaplain and Advisor
Father Brian is a priest of the Archdiocese of Kingston. Ordained in 1970, he has served in a variety of parishes within the Archdiocese, as well as in pastoral health care ministry in Hotel Dieu and Kingston General Hospitals over many years. He has been Dean of the Northern and Western Deaneries, with related archdiocesan responsibilities.
Since retiring from parish ministry in 2020, Father Brian has been living on his 1831 family farm along the Upper Rideau Lake between Westport and Newboro. He remains actively engaged in priestly ministry, including celebrating parish Masses as needed, and offering spiritual direction and sacramental ministry. On the diocesan level, he is the Archbishop’s Liaison for Senior Priests, spiritual advisor to the Women’s Fall Retreat Team, and chaplain to Our Lady of Divine Fire Mission and its Encounter School of Ministry. He is enthusiastic about the ways in which he sees the Lord pouring out new graces upon His Church and world during these very challenging times.
Born and raised in Ghana, Maame moved to Kingston in 2017 to attend graduate school at Queen’s University. She is a parishioner at Joseph’s Parish, serving as a lector. Maame is stepping out to share her God-given ministry gifts (which she is still discovering) with the church. Her heartfelt prayer is to see each person in the church become aware and embrace their identity as a child of God together with the “perks” that come with it.
Asst Director/Worship/ Presenter
Cynthia has a desire for people to encounter the person of Jesus who redeems, restores, and recreates hearts and lives. Cynthia loves worshipping God through music. She and her husband Michael attend St. Paul the Apostle Parish where they are lectors and retired music leaders. Cynthia is working on her Master of Theology degree from the Augustine Institute, and she has a thirst for encountering the Lord in his Word. She retired from her work as a care coordinator in home care effective 1 January 2023 to embark on the new adventure Jesus has for her and Michael. They have three children; two sons and a daughter in their 20’s. Cynthia enjoys the outdoors, particularly winter activities, meeting new people, travelling and a good cup of coffee.
Michael is a (soon-to-be) retired Chemistry professor from Queen’s University. He started his career in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, where he met his wife Cynthia of 31+ years. He has been involved with Church all his life with positions, both volunteer and paid, ranging from Youth Minister (Ft. McMurray), Choir leader (Saskatoon, Stillwater OK, Ft. McMurray, Kingston). He has served on committees, parish councils and has been a member of the Knights of Columbus (Council 9652 and Assembly 857) for over 20 years. Michael has spent a life defending the Catholic faith, encouraging people in their faith and helping bring people to the faith from involvement in Teens Encounter Christ retreat movement (TEC Council member and music leader, Saskatoon), to Search youth retreat weekends (Director, Ft. McMurray) to being part of the team for Cursillo in Kingston. He loves the Lord and teaching, so being a member of the team for Encounter Ministries is an excellent fit.
Mary has been married to Dave Tudin for 50+ years. They have 2 children and 3 lovely granddaughters. They are truly part of the local limestone as they have made Kingston their home since 1974. At the heart of the matter, like a great spider’s web with Jesus at the center, Mary loves to reach out to people and connect them to each other and to their Saviour. Like a spider which often replaces its web daily, she knows that God, the Master Designer, renews His graces to us each morning. Her prayer is to discover her gifts so that she can use them for the good of the Church. With the assurance that God’s gifts are received to be given away, she delights to share gems of truth with others and see them appropriate these golden nuggets for themselves; so that they can demonstrate the supernatural love and power of God in their sphere of influence.
Cost of Tuition
Pay $200 USD per quarter ($800 USD / year) or pay a reduced tuition of $700 USD at the beginning of the year.
Applications for September 2023 are OPEN.
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. The Kingston Campus meets on Monday evenings from 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm. Upon completion of the 2nd Year School of Ministry, students receive a graduation certificate.
Tuition includes Free Admission to the annual Encounter Conference (in-person or online ticket).
Tuition & Financial Aid
Graduation & Curriculum
In total, textbooks for Year 1 will cost approximately $75 – $100 (not including shipping): Quarter 1: The Spiritual Gifts Handbook by Dr. Mary Healy & Dr. Randy Clark | Quarter 2: Lord, Renew Your Wonders by Damian Stayne | 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
Students will receive a binder for the year that they are encouraged to bring each week and store their weekly student handouts, supplemental reading, and homework assignments. Some students opt to bring a laptop to take down notes, but many do not. We encourage you to purchase a journal on your own for class use. Once onsite students receive their badges, it is required that this is worn at each class and any ministry opportunities they participate in
ESM – Kingston Campus
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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.
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