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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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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.



Our Lady of Czestochowa Church

34 Ward St, Worcester, MA 01610


The Worcester 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.

2023-24 Class Schedule


General Info
All Classes Date/Time: THURSDAYS from 6-9PM

Typical Class Night Schedule:
6:00   Praise & Worship, Testimonies
6:45   Session 1
7:45   Break
8:00   Session 2
9:00   Dismissal


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.


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

Katarzyna Olszewska


Katarzyna (Kasia) Olszewska director of ESM Satellite Campus in Worcester MA, a child of God passionate in sharing love and good news of Jesus Christ. From Teenagers years through adulthood involved in ministry in the Catholic Church.
She grew up in Poland and a couple years ago through life circumstances moved to the USA. Experiencing spiritual desert after arriving in Massachusetts she became one of co-founders and Leader of the Metanoia community, witness to the supernatural wonders available to those eager to call upon the name of Jesus, and zealous to see the Lord renew His wonders in students of ESm and in the city of Worcester Massachusetts!
As a daily job she is a Graphic Designer.




Andrzej Olewinski was born in Elk, northeast part of Poland, immigrate to US in 1988. He married his wonderful wife Malgorzata in 2012 and they have miracle son Dominik.
He joined the Metanoia Charismatic Community at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church Worcester, MA in 2017. His experience with Metanoia has been an absolute game changer in his spiritual life. He has found many blessings, more joy, courage and excitement
to share his faith, and a deeper, closer relationship with the Lord. In 2022 he
entered into the Encounter School of Ministry and continue to share the love of Jesus with others. Come Holy Spirit.

Fr. Tomasz



Fr Tomas Gora was Born in Poland, 5 last years serving on mission in Polish-American parishes in the USA. He is passionate to see people come alive in their identity and gifting as a son or daughter of an amazing Father! He is serving wholeheartedly in Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish and he is a pastor of Metanoia Community in Worcester Massachusetts.


Cost of Tuition

Satellite Campus


 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).


Application Process
Tuition & Financial Aid
Enrollment Requirements
Graduation & Curriculum

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



Thank You to
Our Bishop

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

All Bishop Approvals >

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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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