Encounter School of Ministry

Mission trips

Release the power of the Holy Spirit. Bring revival to the nations.

Advance the kingdom of god

Our Encounter School of Ministry 2021 mission trips are offered exclusively to Encounter School students as an invitation to take risks, step out of your known element, respond to the need for ministry around the world and behold the beautiful adventure awaiting your courage.

Experience the richness of your Catholic faith, history and tradition in a new culture and a foreign land. Be prepared to put what you have learned into action with many opportunities to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Expect to encounter new friends, expand your understanding of the kingdom of God, and collect memories to inspire you for years to come.


Upcoming Trips:




Encounter Dominican Republic Mission

Following in the footsteps Fr. Emiliano Tardif, we’ll seek inspiration from his life and legacy as we blaze a new path in this Caribbean paradise steeped in Catholic tradition and beauty. Students will serve as the ministry team for a series of ministry events that Encounter is leading in Santo Domingo including the Dominican Republic Encounter Conference at the National Shrine to Our Lady of Altagracia. Students will form teams of 2 and be assigned a translator to assist in communication. Each session of the conferences will culminate in various prayer ministry opportunities for the local participants to receive prayer led by our students (praying for Baptism of the Holy Spirit, prophetic ministry, healing ministry, etc).

During this mission you will also get to explore sites in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. The mission will conclude by a time of rest and renewal as a time at one of the Dominican Republic’s most beautiful all-inclusive resorts. 

Available Spaces: 100

Registration Opens:  TBD

Places we’ll explore:

“If you want to play a part in seeing the Dominican Republic transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, you will not want to miss this!”

Fr. Mathias Thelen

President, Encounter Ministries

All ESM Main Campus, Satellite Campus and Online Campus students are welcome and encouraged to join us for this journey of pilgrimage, adventure and mission.


June 8-16, 2021


Following in the footsteps of our patron Saint Patrick, we are responding to the call of the Church in Ireland that are seeking transformation and revival from the power and love of the Holy Spirit. We will be leading an Encounter Conference at the Cathedral in Letterkenny, County Donegal. Our students will serve as the ministry team for the conference. Each conference session will end with an invitation for the Irish participants to receive various kinds of ministry led by our students (prayer for baptism of the Holy Spirit, prophetic ministry, healing ministry, impartation, etc). After our time ministering at the Ireland Encounter Conference, we will embark on a pilgrimage to walk in the footsteps of the supernatural life of one of the most legendary saints and evangelists of the world, St. Patrick. Explore the Slieve League Cliffs, Lough Derg, the Tomb of St. Patrick, and more.

Available Tickets: 80
Registration Opens:  October 2, 2020

Places we’ll visit:

“If you want to put all you have learned at the Encounter School of Ministry into practice, this mission trip will not only provide an opportunity to powerfully minister to our Irish brothers and sisters, but also a chance to reflect on the life and ministry of St. Patrick at some of the most famous pilgrimage sites in all of Ireland. This trip will take your faith and ministry to the next level!”

Patrick Reis

Executive Director, Encounter Ministries

Encounter School of Ministry
Mission Trips