January 4-6 at Christ the King Church in Ann Arbor, MI

The Encounter Conference is the flagship event for Encounter Ministries where we seek to gather leaders of revival in the Church to encounter God's refreshment, encouragement and impartation of greater anointing for ministry.

Conference participants can expect an atmosphere of spirit-filled worship in the presence of God, Mass, inspiring and transforming keynote speakers, breakout sessions, Eucharistic adoration, a healing service, fellowship and many opportunities for prayer ministry and growth in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.



Fr. Ed Fride


Martin Doman

Worship Leader

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Speaker Profiles

Father Mathias Thelen STL is the senior leader of Encounter Ministries and Pastor of St. Patrick Church in Brighton, MI.  His life is a witness to the power of impartation to receive an increase in the anointing of the Holy Spirit and God’s desire to poor out his Spirit on on those who hunger and thirst for more!  Father Mathias carries an incredible healing anointing and a desire to see every Catholic equipped to do the works of Jesus and help usher in the New Springtime of the Church.

Listen to his testimony from Encounter Radio here:

Fr. John Riccardo is the Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth Michigan and popular host of the radio program Christ is the Answer.  Father Riccardo is passionate about the New Evangelization and has helped lead countless souls to know Jesus Christ.

Dr. Mary Healy is professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and an international speaker on topics related to Scripture, evangelization, healing, and the spiritual life. She is a general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and Hebrews. In 2014 Pope Francis appointed her as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.  She was recently featured in the 2017 documentary “Fearless: A Documentary on the Holy Spirit and Evangelization.”  Listen to her on Encounter Radio below:

Patrick Reis is the Director of the Encounter School of Ministry and is one of the leaders of Encounter Ministries.  He was featured in the 2017 documentary “Fearless: A Documentary on the Holy Spirit and Evangelization.”  He carries a strong prophetic anointing and has a heart to see the body of Christ raised up to hear God’s voice and demonstrate the kingdom of God in power and love.

Listen to Patrick’s Testimony on Encounter Radio here:

Aaron Richards is the assistant coordinator of Encounter Ministries and the Director of Operations for Catholic Youth Summer Camp.  Aaron was featured in the 2017 FEARLESS documentary and has been noted as a gifted teacher on the gifts and life of the Holy Spirit.

Listen to Aaron’s testimony on Encounter Radio here:

A co-host of Encounter Radio and Director of Evangelization for Catholic Youth Summer Camp, Dan DeMatte is a conference speaker and author of the book “Holiness Revolution” published by Dynamic Catholic. Dan has a passion for evangelizing Catholic teens and calling families to live in Holiness. He regularly travels and leads Holiness Revolution conferences at parishes across the country (http://dynamiccatholic.com/events/holiness-revolution/).

Listen to Dan’s testimony from Encounter Radio here:

Sarah serves are the National Director of Alpha YouthShe holds a BA in English Literature, a MA in therapeutic counseling, and is currently completing a MA in Pastoral Studies in Evangelization.  Prior to her post at Alpha she was the Director of Youth Ministry & Evangelization for 11 years at a church in Detroit, MI.  Sarah carries a very strong prophetic gifting and confidence in the Holy Spirit to come and fill his children.

Listen to Sarah’s testimony on Encounter Radio here:

Dr. Thomas Graves MD is a physician from Detroit who is committed to bringing people the best of medicine and the best of Jesus.  His life is a journey of being a “doubting Thomas” about the power of God to heal the sick and the process he has been through with the Lord to be on the cutting edge of seeing miracles break out in his clinic.  Dr. Graves testimony is a powerful witness to what the power of God can do outside the four walls of the Church.

A former protestant missionary to Russia, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Keith Major is an on-fire convert to Catholicism that is driven to see Catholics empowered to live free from fear and completely in the power and love of the Holy Spirit.  He and his wife Iwona run the Stone to Flesh school of supernatural ministry in Los Angeles, California.  They work closely with Bishop David O’Connell to see their pastoral region of Southern California transformed by the Gospel.

Listen to Keith’s testimony on Encounter Radio:

A graduate of the Ave Maria School of Law and attorney living in Chicago, Illinois, Michael Sullivan is a true Catholic Renaissance man who hungers to see revival and power break out in the Catholic Church.  Michael served as the Executive Producer of the groundbreaking FEARLESS documentary which has awakened thousands of Catholics to their potential to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Listen to Michael’s testimony on Encounter Radio here:

Conference Schedule

5:00pm – Doors open and registration

7:00pm – General Session

Keynote “There is More” with Fr. Mathias Thelen

Worship with Martin Doman Band

8:00am – Registration Opens
9:00 am – General Session

Keynote: “The Normal Catholic Life” with Patrick Reis

Worship with the Balassi Band
11:30am – Lunch Break (participants on their own for lunch and dinner. Gym will be open to eat)
1:30 pm – Breakout Sessions

Church: Keith Major on “Overcoming the Spirit of Fear

Gym: Aaron Richards on “Theology of the New Wine: Understanding Charismatic Manifestations of the Holy Spirit”

3:00 pm – Breakout Sessions

Church: Michael CX Sullivan on “The Anatomy of Evangelization or

Gym: Sarah Kaczmarek on “Keys to Inner Healing and Freedom”

4:30pm – Mass
5:30pm – Dinner Break
7:30pm – General Session

Keynote: Fr. John Riccardo

Worship with the Martin Doman Band

9:00 am – General Session

Healing Service with Fr. Mathias Thelen

Worship with the Balassi Band

11:30am – lunch break

1:30 pm – Breakout Sessions

Church: Dr. Thomas Graves on “The Best of Medicine and the Best of Jesus”or

Gym: Dan DeMatte on “Dreaming with God”

3:00 – General Session

Keynote: Authority and Humility with Dr. Mary Healy STD

4:30pm – Vigil Mass

5:30 pm – Encounter Ministries Benefit Dinner* with Fr. Mathias Thelen and conference speakers (gym not open for meals – make arrangements to eat out)

7:30 pm – General Session

Keynote: Impartation with Fr. Mathias Thelen

Worship with Martin Doman Band

* Registration for the benefit is required at https://encounterministries.us/benefit-dinner/

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Can I still come if I can't attend all the sessions?

Yes, you are free to attend whatever parts of the conference you are able.  Your registration will get you access to the entire conference.

Are meals provided in the registration?

Meals are not provided in the registration fee.  There are 2 hours breaks between lunch and dinner for participants to run out and grab food at the many local establishments close by.

What ages are appropriate for this conference?

We would recommend that only students high school and older attend.

Is childcare available?

No childcare services will be provided.  Each family should make their own arrangements for childcare.


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