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Meet the Team
Sr. Anna Chan, SC – School Director Ottawa Campus
Sr. Anna Chan has been in the Renewal since her teens but gave her total surrender to God 21 years ago when she became a missionary with NET Canada. After NET she moved to Ottawa and helped found a young adults ministry and volunteered at a Catholic drop-in centre. She is the Foundress and General Superior of the Servants of the Cross whose mission is evangelization. She carries degrees in Anthropology and Philosophy, and certification in Trauma and Addiction Studies. She worked as the Coordinator of Pastoral Ministries at St. Mary’s Parish where she led a flock of parish leaders for 5 years. She is an evangelizer and a leader, has a heart for parish renewal, and strives to lead the lay faithful to live their deepest identity as missionary disciples.
Fr. Francis Donnelly, CC
Fr. Francis Donnelly is a retired priest of the Companions of the Cross who carries many degrees in English, Medieval Studies, Theology, and Canon Law. Fr. Francis has been in the Renewal movements and pastoral ministries spanning 50 years, besides endless blessings. Born in Ireland, his family migrated to Montreal, Quebec where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1979. He was led to join the Companions of the Cross in Ottawa because of its vision of Christian renewal, charismatic ministry, evangelization, ecumenism, Marian movement, and renewal of parishes.
Natalia Lacar has been joyfully serving God’s Kingdom through her anointing in prophecy and healing for more than 35 years now, in the Philippines and Canada. She is a parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish, Ottawa where she serves as Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council, co-leader of the Prayer and Prophetic Ministry, and Coordinator of the Night of Worship and Ministry (an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching and healing). Natalia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication (major in Journalism, minor in Philosophy) and Master of Arts in Communication from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and Baccalaureate in Education from the University of Ottawa, Ontario. She is a teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the faith mentor at her school.
Chris Keyes has been involved in evangelization for 35 years. He has an MA in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He’s been a part-time host for 30 years on the national Catholic television ministry, Food For Life. He left his high-tech career in 2016 to work full-time for Catholic Christian Outreach where he is the VP of Programming supporting 120 full-time missionaries evangelizing over 30 campuses. He has two married children and 9 grandchildren and lives in Ottawa.
Sr. Melinda Schenher, SC
Life in the Holy Spirit began for Sr. Melinda Schenher when she attended, as a child, an ecumenical charismatic prayer group with her parents. At Saskatchewan’s University of Regina, in her first year of studies, she experienced a conversion of heart through a powerful weekend retreat and her involvement with Catholic Christian Outreach. She has served the Lord in youth ministry, young adult ministry, and as the Associate Director of John Paul II Bible School in Radway, Alberta. In 2008, she joined the Servants of the Cross, and became a lifetime member in 2018. She previously served the Community as Vocations Director, and currently is a member of the Executive Council and Director of Admissions. Her gentle heart and infectious joy demonstrate the life of Jesus living in her.
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Encounter School is a powerful experience that helps bridge the gap between the supernatural lifestyle of Jesus and the everyday experience of many believers. Participants get a taste of the joy, transformation, and renewal that is at the heart of our mission.
Spirit, Build Your Church
If your heart is longing for something more and you’re ready to give the Holy Spirit permission, join us at Encounter School of Ministry (ESM) – Ottawa Campus. The Holy Spirit wants to clothe you in power from on high. Fire and wind, come do it again.
This diocese has reviewed and welcomed the Encounter School of Ministry.
“I welcome and support Encounter School of Ministry in the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall. I pray your ministry may truly answer a fundamental need in our church today – equipping Catholics in becoming authentic missionary disciples by creating a culture of encounter with the Lord Jesus. May the Holy Spirit guide you in your efforts of new evangelization.” – Archbishop Marcel Damphousse
The Encounter School of Ministry is open to Christians of all backgrounds—disciples who believe God calls them to demonstrate His supernatural love in their daily lives. Our curriculum and content is rooted in Catholic Tradition and faithful to Catholic teaching.
Testimonies are key in building faith. Read here how God’s healing hand touched many hearts at our recent ‘Summer Intensive’.
Last night I was prayed over for my back by Marie and her partner. (It) was the first night in months that I went to bed without pain… PRAISE THE LORD!
This is not my first healing by a long shot but each healing feels like first healing. I am so thankful for their persistence with this talkative lady.
I did enjoy the Summer Intensive if only to get a few ideas and have many of my ways (taught by God) affirmed.
Thanks to all who spent their time preparing for this week….
I hope that you consider offering more zoom courses – like a Friday night/Saturday Encounter course.
Thanks again for the prayers,
Betty C., EternalBrat