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Learn to Live a Supernatural Lifestyle

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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:
THIS FALL: TRANSFORMATION NIGHTS RETURN!

These monthly, powerful events of testimony, worship, healing, prophecy and prayer ministry with a different keynote speaker each month. 

 

OUR CAMPUS

Location:

St. Mary, Mother of God Church
19 Cherry Tree Farm Road
Middletown, NJ 07748

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The New Jersey 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.

2021-22 Class Schedule


General Info
Application Deadline:
All Classes Start
All Classes Date/Time:  Tuesdays (6:30 – 9:30 pm EST)

Year 1 Students:
Orientation Day: 

Year 1 Students:
Orientation Day:

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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.

 

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.

Jim Tortorici

New Jersey Campus Director

 

 

Jim Tortorici was born and raised in Basking Ridge, NJ in 1959 to devout Roman Catholic parents. He was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1986, recommitted his life to Christ, and was introduced to and mentored in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. He has joyfully shared the Gospel for more than 35 years through careers in Corporate Sales & Marketing, Pastoral Ministry, and Catholic Education. His passion is for the revelation of the sons and daughters of God (Rom 8:19) and unity in the Body of Christ (Jn 17:21). Since 2002, he has been a member of the Theology Department at Christian Brothers Academy, in Lincroft, NJ. For the last three years, he has served as the Director of the Diocese of Trenton Catholic Charismatic Renewal (DOTCCR) and the Coordinator for Trenton-Unbound under the pastoral leadership of Fr. Jeff Kegley, the Liason to Bishop David O’Connell for the Charismatic Renewal. He is married to his wife, Suzanne and lives in Monmouth County, NJ. They have four sons. He sees the launching of the New Jersey Campus as a step toward the coming revival in the Garden State and throughout the world.
Jim Tortorici and Fr. Jeff Kegley

Jim Tortorici

New Jersey Campus Director

 

 

Bio
Jim Tortorici was born and raised in Basking Ridge, NJ in 1959 to devout Roman Catholic parents. He was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1986, recommitted his life to Christ, and was introduced to and mentored in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. He has joyfully shared the Gospel for more than 35 years through careers in Corporate Sales & Marketing, Pastoral Ministry, and Catholic Education. His passion is for the revelation of the sons and daughters of God (Rom 8:19) and unity in the Body of Christ (Jn 17:21). Since 2002, he has been a member of the Theology Department at Christian Brothers Academy, in Lincroft, NJ. For the last three years, he has served as the Director of the Diocese of Trenton Catholic Charismatic Renewal (DOTCCR) and the Coordinator for Trenton-Unbound under the pastoral leadership of Fr. Jeff Kegley, the Liason to Bishop David O’Connell for the Charismatic Renewal. He is married to his wife, Suzanne and lives in Monmouth County, NJ. They have four sons. He sees the launching of the New Jersey Campus as a step toward the coming revival in the Garden State and throughout the world.

Jim Tortorici and Fr. Jeff Kegley

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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 Free Admission to the annual Encounter Conference (in-person or online ticket).

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Course Materials

 

Additional Reading

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 3: Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World by Dr. Mary Healy  |  Quarter 2: Lord, Renew Your Wonders by Damian Stayne  |  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

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Thank You to
Our Archbishop

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

 

2-YR Encounter School
of Ministry

Summer Event
4 Quarters in 4 Days

Transformation
Nights

2022 Encounter Conference
Grand Rapids, MI

Encounter School
Testimonies

“Nothing Without
Friendship”

St. Augustine said, “Nothing without friendship.” In the pattern of Patrick Reis and Fr. Mathias Thelen, Jim Tortorici and Fr. Jeff Kegley have forged a brotherhood in Christ upon which the forthcoming New Jersey Campus is built. To learn more about Fr. Jeff Kegley, Pastor of St. Mary, Mother of God Church and Associate Director of the New Jersey Campus, particularly his call to the priesthood, we invite you to watch the following vocational video.

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.

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