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Christian Healing Conference

St. Luke's Anglican Church, Calgary

Saturday, October 19, 2019


michael                Finding Healing Through The Power of Prayer

This workshop will examine how illness, trauma and human brokenness can find meaning and transformation through our personal and intimate relationship with God. We will explore creative modalities of "praying with pain and suffering" by allowing them to find their expression in personal prayer, music, art, poetry, exercise, dance etc. We will talk about how suffering can be redemptive, when endured in the context of Faith, Hope and Love.

Michael Soentgerath is originally from the diocese of Cologne, Germany. In 1977 he started his theological training with the Society of the Catholic Apostolate in Germany. He went on to continue studies in philosophy and theology at the University of Waterloo and Newman College in Edmonton and completed his studies at the Theological College of the Pallottine Fathers, in 1984 in Germany.
  Michael was ordained a Deacon in 1983 in Edmonton. In 1984 he began his pastoral work in the RC Diocese of Calgary as Deacon for Holy Spirit Parish in Calgary. Since then he has worked in many Calgary parishes and for the Catholic School Board on a High School Chaplaincy Team. From 1997 until this year, he worked at the Catholic Pastoral Centre heading the departments of Religious Education (until 2018) and the Pastoral Health Care for the diocese (until June 2019). Michael continues to minister as the Parish Deacon of St. Bernadette's Parish in Calgary. He is married to Chris Brochu, working as Principal of Father Lacombe High School.  
  nancy                                            The Healing Gift Of Presence

As followers of Jesus, we engage the opportunity to give the "gift of presence" at every turn along life’s journey.  This gift enables new life to emerge as the life of Christ manifests itself in our relationships.  Often, this is where much needed healing begins!
  Nancy Cowtun, CSCP is an ordained minister with the Congregational Christian Churches in Calgary, and received a Master of Divinity from Prairie Graduate School in Calgary. She was a Chaplain at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary for eight years and at Santuari Hospice for five years. Rev. Cowtun is currently the Chaplain at Banff Mineral Springs Hospital, and a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.   Nancy has practised the art of spiritual care with people who experience issues related to end of life, mental health, cancer diagnosis and treatment, infant loss, and various other forms of loss and grief.  She is involved in the Stephen Ministry program in her home church as a Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader.  Nancy is past president of the Christian Pastoral Caregivers Association, Calgary, and presents the workshops entitled Developing Pastoral Listening Skills and Spiritual Practices in the Ministry of Pastoral Care.  



Unforgiveness is one of the blocks to healing.  Inner healing can set us free from painful memories, unwanted emotions and often physical disability. Forgiveness restores relationship with God, loved ones and friends

Keith Bird is an ordained Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada and serves the parish of St. Luke's in the Diocese of Calgary.  His pastoral ministry includes care for the parish, visits to hospitals and hospice, and co-leading grief recovery groups.  Keith is a Chaplain in The International Order of St Luke the Physician (OSL), has led inner healing prayer teams, and organized several Agnes Sanford Schools of Pastoral Care.  He is editor of The Canadian Healer newsletter, and hosts OSL Telephone Conference Calls throughout the year featuring guest speakers and prayers for healing.  Keith is a board member of the Christian Caregivers Association, and Education Chair.