Our Lady Of Peace Prayer Community
The Our Lady of Peace Prayer Community is a charismatic group operating through the charism of the Holy Spirit, a praying community which highlights praise and worship, witnessing and faith sharing. It also has an intercessory ministry that prays for specific intentions people request for. The prayer group would love to hear from you. Please send your testimonies, faith sharing stories as well as your prayer requests or other inquiries to OLPprayercommunity@gmail.com
Or better yet, come and join us every Sunday as we gather together to worship our Lord!
Prayer Meeting Time and Venue:
Meetings every Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wave Café of St Jean’s High School, 173 East 75th Street (ramp entrance on 76th Street on the East end of the Rectory Building)
History of Our Lady of Peace Prayer Community
The Our Lady of Peace Prayer Group (OLPG) was established in 1992, under the Parish of the Our Lady of Peace on 62nd St. in NYC with Fr. Bart Daly, mhm (Pastor) as its Spiritual Director. The group met twice a week for prayer meetings, on Thursdays and Sundays, until in 2001 when the meetings were consolidated into one, every Sunday from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Major activities of the prayer group are conducting a Life in the Spirit Seminar (LSS) twice a year and sponsoring healing Masses on the major feasts of the Blessed Mother. In addition, over the years, it staged numerous praise and worship concerts, sponsored growth seminars, conducted healing services and other outreach events in conjunction with other prayer groups in the city.
The community is led by a core group of 7 people including the Head Servant to coordinate its activities. In 2015, the Church of Our Lady of Peace was closed by the Archdiocese of NY thus forcing the group to move to St. Jean Baptiste Church on 76th & Lexington upon the invitation of its welcoming Pastor, Fr. John Kamas, SSS. At St Jean’s, the community continues to be a strong, vibrant group and is growing strong even after 24 years…. Praise be to God!
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal
In 1967 the Catholic Charismatic Renewal burst into the life of an unsuspecting Catholic Church which was only starting to implement some of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
From small beginnings among a handful of college students at Duquesne University in the United States who experienced a sovereign outpouring of the Holy Spirit as they studied the first two chapters of the Book of Acts at a retreat weekend, the fire of the Holy Spirit swept through the Church.
Ten years later the Catholic Charismatic Renewal was to be found in almost every country in the world, touching and changing the lives of millions of Catholic men and women from all walks of life. No grass-roots movement in the Church had ever travelled as far, as fast, or as powerfully as the Charismatic Renewal. It was and remains unlike any other movements in the Church, for there is no inspired human founder and no common program of initiation or formation. It is simply, powerfully and uniquely a sovereign work of God through his Holy Spirit whereby he touches the lives of men and women in many different settings and circumstances, bringing new faith and setting them on fire with a love and zeal to serve him and his people. In the words of Cardinal Leon-Josef Suenens:
To interpret the Renewal as a ‘movement’ among other movements is to misunderstand its nature; it is a movement of the Spirit offered to the entire Church and destined to rejuvenate every part of the church’s life. The soul of Renewal – Baptism in the Spirit – is a grace of Pentecostal refreshment offered to all Christians. (Goodnews Magazine. special issue’ April 1992)
The aims of the Charismatic Renewal are one and same as the objectives of the Church – the conversion, sanctification and salvation of every single human being. Its distinctive characteristic is an understanding that the role of the Holy Spirit in this work has not changed since the day of Pentecost, and that we can experience his outpouring, his love, his power and his gifts in the very same way they were experienced and recognized by the early Christians.
The proof of the authenticity of all this depends primarily on a study of its effects in people’s lives, for its aim is not to provide religious experiences but to help people live renewed and effective Christian lives, serving a mission of the Church. Whilst emphasizing the essential role of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal remains Christ-centered, clearly proclaiming Jesus as Savior and Lord of all, and teaching that to know him is man’s only path to true fulfilment and peace. This new life in Christ is then to be lived out in the community of the Church, and to be carried forth into the world.
In all of this, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal owes much to the inspiration, example and encouragement of brothers and sisters in many Protestant and Pentecostal churches who had already experienced the same grace in their own traditions and settings. The twentieth century is often referred to as ‘the century of the Holy Spirit’. Pope Leo XIII encouraged a new devotion to the Holy Spirit, he dedicated the new century to the Spirit and as it dawned sang the ‘Veni, Creator Spiritus’ in his private chapel. The century began with signs of the Spirit at work in Topeka, Kansas followed by the Welsh revival, and then in 1906 came the very significant outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the Azusa Street Mission Church in Los Angeles, California. It is to this small, poor, run-down, ethnically mixed mission church, pastored by William J. Seymour, that church historians generally trace the beginnings of the phenomenon of Pentecostalism. As the years passed and Pentecostal congregations sprang up all over the world, new outpouring of the Holy Spirit began to occur throughout the mainline Protestant churches, whilst New Independent Charismatic Church Fellowships and congregations (also called House Churches) began to spring up everywhere. Then, at last, in 1967 the Spirit burst into the Catholic Church among students at Duquesne University. And as I write this in 2012 it is estimated that there are in excess of 125 million Catholic charismatics world-wide.
Many of the early Catholic charismatic groups were helped and encouraged by Protestant and Pentecostal and Independent charismatics. Some of the Catholic leaders (the writer among them) were baptized in the Holy Spirit through the ministry of brothers and sisters from other parts of the body of Christ. Whilst the context and the out-working may be clearly different for Catholics, the grace received is the same. These ecumenical beginnings, which have been experience of many, must never be disregarded, but at the same time it was to be expected that the Charismatic Renewal would find its own place and identity in the life of the Catholic Church. This has happened, and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal has been warmly welcomed by Pope Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Francis, and by Conferences of Bishops throughout the world. It has been recognized as a special gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church, with a significant role to play in the re-evangelization of society.
Pentecost is Always for Living