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Healing Ministry Course

The St. Ignatius Healing Ministry consists of healing prayer teams made up of three graduates from the two-year Formation for Healing Ministry program. The course has taught them how to pray with people facing some of life’s challenges. These can be physical such as aches and pains, or a disease or illness. Emotionally, we can struggle with depression, anger or loneliness. Relational problems may start if a friend or relative has disappointed or hurt us, or if a co-worker is making life difficult. There might be a spiritual conflict resulting in a feeling of inner emptiness, anger at God or a minister or priest who has hurt us.

Everyone needs prayer for something. The healing prayer team does not promise an instant cure. Only God can provide that. However, the team can guarantee four hours (one hour a week) of concentrated loving attention and prayer for the healing of your needs.

Everything that is said during the prayer sessions is completely confidential.

What is a “healing prayer team”?

A healing prayer team is a group of people who believe that God answers prayers. They use this belief to help those in need of emotional, spiritual, relational, or physical healing.

We believe that

Christ started the first healing teams when He sent out His disciples two by two to heal the sick and to preach the “Good News”. We believe that today Jesus still commands His followers to be His disciples and to heal the sick and spread the “Good News”.

A healing team does not guarantee healing.

Only God can heal and God alone decides how and when healing will take place. A healing team does not take the place of priests, doctors, medicine or treatments, psychiatrists or counselors.

Background of the Formation of Healing Ministry Program

This was begun in 1977 in Seattle by Fr. Leo Thomas, O.P., a Catholic priest. It has since spread to several other states and has over 1,500 graduates including a number of clergy and religious from various denominations. The first class to be given in Canada graduated at St. Ignatius Church in March, 1992.

What is the program?

It is a two-year course, each year consisting of two eight-week semesters. Each semester begins with a weekend workshop. The classes consist of taped lectures, small-group reflections and practical exercises. Participants are expected to read selected books and to journal on their own time.

The goal of the program is to prepare people to pray effectively in teams for the healing of others who are suffering, either physically, emotionally, in relationships, or spiritually. Students develop their innate abilities, acquire practical skills, discover new God-given gifts, and learn a process that will enable them to help others.

The course is for Christians of various traditions who desire to become a healing influence, be it in their families, at work, or within the community.

The classes are given at St. Ignatius in the Adult Education Center on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

If you would like prayer or more information about the Formation for Healing Ministry call the Adult Education Centre at 453-9243.