PIPESTEM—The 2015 Catholic Holy Spirit Conference will be held March 13-15 at Pipestem State Park in Pipestem.All are invited to attend the conference, which is entitled “United In The Spirit.” Teachings, praise and worship, group discussions, Mass, the sacrament of penance, prayer meeting, skits and fellowship are all part of the annual weekend.
“This is our 16th year gathering at Pipestem State Park for this conference,” said Loretta Hammond, a coordinator of the conference. “We had 40 participants our first year and now have over 100 attending from West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and other areas. This weekend is also a perfect retreat weekend for campus ministry students, confirmandi as well as adults. The youth love using the pool and sharing their faith with others their age.”Hammond went on to say that 2017 will be the 50th yearjubilee for Catholic Charismatic Renewal and national charismatic leaders have declared 2015 as a “Year of Unity” leading up to the jubilee. In praying about this year’s Pipestem theme, she said, the planning team has embraced this topic for the conference as well.
“Each year at Pipestem, God draws me closer through the Holy Spirit and I take away a revelation about myself or a situation that helps me to better reflect God in my daily walk,” said Kate Ickles, a member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Ronceverte. “It is a great time of fellowship, wonderful music and teachings that provoke reflection about how to more fully follow Christ.” Ickles has attended the conference for the last 12 years.
The conference begins Friday at 7 p.m. and ends at noon on Sunday. For more information, contact Ann Robinson at (276) 326-2128 or Hammond (276) 326-1359.