Annual Charismatic Renewal Conference in Charleston to Focus on

 By Joan McAteer CHARLESTON— International speaker Barbara Shlemon Ryan, RN, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Catholic Charismatic Conference Aug. 8-10 at Blessed John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston. Ryan is president of Beloved Ministry, has been actively involved in evangelism since 1965 and is one of the founding members of the Association of Christian Therapists, an international organization of professionals in the health and mental health- care fields who integrate faith experience with medical expertise. The conference, which carries the theme “Healing in Word and in Deed,” will afford attendees the opportunity to participate in talks, prayer, song and group discussions and attend Masses together. Music will be provided by the music ministry from Bluefield led by Rev. Mr. Don Hammond, permanent deacon at Sacred Heart Parish in Bluefield. Rev. Mr. Gary Lane, diocesan liaison to the Charismatic Renewal, said, “This conference goes beyond just an opportunity for those who have experienced Pentecost in their lives. The conference provides an opportunity to praise and worship as well as to be nourished by the Holy Spirit for the many ministries their Pentecost experience has led them to now and over the many years. It’s a time to be fed and renewed in the Spirit.” Ryan is a mother and grandmother and the author of five books: “Healing Prayer, To Heal As Jesus Healed,” “Healing the Hidden Self,” “Living Each Day by the Power of Faith” and “Healing the Wounds of Divorce.” “From the beginning of my personal spiritual journey in 1965,” Ryan said, “I was convinced that healing prayer was an integral component of the medical profession. As a registered nurse, I often prayed with my patients and they frequently reported feelings of peace and serenity. Even if the medical diagnosis remained critical, their faith level seemed to increase. It is interesting to note that the medical community in the United States has begun considering the importance of spiritual care of the sick. Nearly all medical schools include a course on spiritual healing in which the students are encouraged to look beyond current medical treatment.” Registration for the conference is $55 for adults and $18 for children and includes meals. Rooms are available at $44 per person. For more information, contact Wilma Lane at 342-2460 or at