Tuition & Application
Meet Our Team
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Tuition & Application
Meet Our Team
News and Events
Meet Our Team
Tuition & Application
News and Events

About Ottawa Campus

Ottawa Campus is located at St. Mary’s Parish | 100 Young St, Ottawa, ONThis is where it all began for Fr. Bob Bedard and the Companions of the Cross who desired to see the church become explosively alive. And today, his legacy continues through the Servants of the Cross, under the Direction of Sr. Anna Chan, SC.

Welcome to the Ottawa Campus!

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.


Tuesday evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

Pre-School Worship begins at 6:15pm

2023-24 SCHEDULE

Orientation Day: Tuesday, September 5, 2023


Registration for School in the
Fall 2023 is now open

2-Year Curriculum

2-Year Curriculum

Year 1

Q1: Identity & Transformation

Q2: Hearing God’s Voice & Prophetic Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Q3: Power & Healing

Q4: Inner Healing


Year 2

Q5: Intimacy with God

Q6: Advanced Ministry Training

Q7: Power Evangelization

Q8: Leadership & Deployment

Classroom Environment

Each class includes a time of worship, small group, teaching sessions, activations and testimonies.


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.

Tuition & Application

Satellite Campus Cost of Tuition

In Canada, the tuition for the upcoming school year is $200 USD per quarter (with a discount if you pay by the year $700 USD). This amount is reviewed each year and may be subject to change. 

Required books and Mission Trips cost extra.

Enrollment Period

Students enroll and pay tuition for one year at a time. Classes start early-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).



Enrollment Requirements

Graduation & Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

We answered questions that you might have in your discernment to join our campus. Enjoy!

Meet Our Team

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

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

Natalia Lacar has been joyfully serving God’s Kingdom through her anointing in prophecy and healing for more than 35 years now. Being born and raised in the Philippines gave her the opportunity to serve marginalized sectors of society in Asia and engage in missionary work as a youth leader. She is a parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish, Ottawa where she serves as leader of the Prayer and Prophetic Ministry and Coordinator of the Night of Worship and Ministry (an evening of praise, prophecy, teaching, and healing); she was Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council. 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 her Baccalaureate in Education (summa cum laude) from the University of Ottawa, Ontario. She is a teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board and a faith mentor at her school. 

Chris Keyes

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.

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.

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Testimonies are key in building faith. Read here how God has moved in the hearts of our students.

I was moved by something said tonight during the teaching. I know we are seated with God in heavenly places, but I never thought of just sitting down and talkin’ to him. I mean, I always talk to him, but I never thought of sitting beside him in heaven and talking to him. When we did this exercise, that’s what I did this time. I said, “Ok, Lord, tell me what you want to say.” I often ask him that, but I always would talk from earth to heaven rather than heaven down. Pauline Y.

There was some underlying bitterness of things in the past. Not just bitterness, but I thought I had failed in some ways. And so, I thought that could hold me back from embracing and stepping into what God has for me now. As we were doing the declarations and listening to the talks, I sensed some of those lies that kept me in that place were set aside. And the encouragement I heard from God was he was never disappointed in me. He encouraged me to keep taking risks. I had a sense of my mindset turning from mourning to joy. I declare that I have joy and I am free to keep taking risks and that God has more for me. Chloe C.

At our Holy Spirit night, at first I didn’t really experience anything. But I went to different people, and I started experiencing joy and peace and God’s love. And also heat went through my body. In this first quarter, God’s getting it into my heart that I am his child and we are friends, and I don’t have to earn anything. Meagan M.

At our Holy Spirit night, I just felt that God was proud. I heard him say to my heart, “I’m so proud that you are stepping out. I’m so proud that you are trying new things.” Christine B.

I was talking with a friend this week. She has a heart problem and had an operation in the spring. I asked if she wanted me to pray for her and she said yes. I don’t know, it took maybe one or two minutes. Then she goes, “Wow! I never heard you pray that way before!” Louise I.

Fr. Ken

I asked for the prayer of miracles. When they came and prayed over me, I rested in the Spirit. I was sobbing, like it keeps coming out. I never experienced that before. I went to the second year students for prayer after that, and I said I don’t know what has happened. I could see something black coming out of me and I’ve been in faith since I was 18 years old, and I thought, how could I have something like that? The prayer leader said, “When I pray over people, I always ask the Lord to remove obstacles.” So that’s lesson number one, start with removing obstacles before asking everything. After that, they prayed over me, and the person was so joyful and said, “I see the power of God. The power of God is coming. Caroline, the Lord is sending you roses from heaven. Not a little bit of roses. A lot of roses are coming with you and there is so much power.” Something was removed. And I was open to receive something new. I feel really loved. And also, I lost my sense of humour and I never really laughed. It takes a lot to make me laugh. This week, I was with Anne and she came checking my garden. I laughed so much. I think I got something that I lost for a long time in addition! Caroline D.

  1. I’m very performance oriented – it’s got to be good. When the activations started this evening, I got anxious! And God spoke right into that, “Lady, it’s not about you!” (delivered with a smile and a laugh) Odette R. 

Recently, we were praying for miracles, and I prayed for a miracle for myself. I want to testify that I got a miracle. About 5 months ago, I started having tremendous mouth pain. I didn’t know what it was. Doctors didn’t know what it was. It kept getting worse and worse. I was having trouble eating. I was having trouble talking. And I like to talk and I like to eat. And both of those things were making me miserable. But I sensed that the Lord wanted me to pray for a miracle the night of the Holy Spirit prayers. One of the second year students was praying over me, and I just had this sense to just stand there and pray in tongues. Normally, that would cause me a great bit of discomfort. But I had no discomfort. As the days wore on, my mouth felt better and better. For me, God’s overwhelming love was just the icing on the cake. We went to visit my daughter in Louisiana. I don’t know if you know, but Louisiana cooking is very spicy. Very hot. Very Spicy. And my son-in-law is a wonderful cook. So I was just begging God – I just really wanted to be able to enjoy the food down there. I ate hot, spicy, burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth kind of food. No pain. No inflammation. Nothing. I’ve been able to talk and eat. Sue A.

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33 Aurora Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2G 0Z6

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