DRAPER — More than 1,000 faithful Catholics from all over the Diocese of Salt Lake City flooded the auditorium of Juan Diego Catholic High School for the 2018 Family Charismatic Encounter.
From Aug. 18-19 people had the opportunity to hear talks, pray together, praise together, have a Holy Hour, receive the Sacrament of Confession and attend Mass.
Fr. Luis Toro from Venezuela and Michelle Moran from England were the main presenters at the Congress, which was in Spanish, titled “Holy Spirit, Come and Renew Our Families.”
The Most Reverend Oscar A. Solis, Bishop of Salt Lake City, attended the event, giving a blessing and a message to the attendees.
“Charismatic renovation is a blessing for all of us members of this Church here in Utah and for all the world. … You are the manifestation of hope; in our world lots of Catholics don’t go to church, others don’t believe our Lord Jesus Christ’s teachings. We are living in a world with lots of challenges,” Bishop Solis said in Spanish.
Emphasizing that members of the diocesan charismatic d renovation live and profess the Catholic faith all over the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Bishop Solis expressed his gratitude to the congress attendees.
“Our Church needs faithful who are ready to evangelize with joy and energy in prayer,” the bishop said. “Your love and hope in our lives are very important in the evangelization mission of our Church. … You are the ambassadors of our faith.”
Bishop Solis expressed his gratitude to all the Charismatics of the diocese. “You are most needed in the mission of our Church in this state. Thank you for your joy in the faith,” he said.