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Charisms • Speaking in Tongues • Deliverance • Resting in the Spirit
featuring Dr. Mary Healy, S.T.D.,
Fr. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B. and Fr. Peter Ryan, S.J.


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What are charismatic gifts? What does scripture and Church Teaching say about these gifts, their purpose and place in the life of the Church?


Explore deliverance ministry in the life of the Church, including the role of the laity in casting out demons.


Explore common misconceptions and understandings around the “gift of tongues,” their purpose, and use in the life of the Church.

resting in the spirit

Understand “resting” or “being slain” in the Spirit with scriptural and historical examples of this experience noted throughout the life of the Church.

Laying Hands

Who is permitted to lay hands? Explore what Jesus Christ and Church Teaching have to say.


“Pentecostalism?” “Protestant teachings?” Understand the Church’s response to common misunderstandings.


What are Charisms?

Are charisms “unnecessary” or “optional in the life of the Church?

Can I “practice” or “grow” in the charismatic gifts?

Is it wrong to “seek after” spiritual gifts?

How do I know if I have these gifts?

Is the Charismatic Renewal a form of Pentecostalism?

deliverance ministry

Can lay people command evil spirits?

Can you pray over someone of whom you do not have “authority” such as a spouse or child?

Are lay people at risk of demonic retaliation?

What’s the difference between exorcism and commanding evil spirits to leave?

Do exorcists have more authority to teach on the theology of deliverance than theologians?

How do I address evil spirits in deliverance ministry?

resting in the spirit

Is “resting” or “being slain” in the Spirit an authentic gift of God?

What if I see strange or scary things at a prayer meeting where people are being prayed over?

 Praying in Tongues

Is the gift of tongues an authentic form of Catholic prayer?

Is speaking in tongues “demonic” or a form of channeling spirits?

Laying Hands

Are lay people permitted to “lay hands” in prayer?


Is it ok for Catholics to use Passion Translation ® of the Bible?

Are Catholics permitted to learn from protestants?


Fr. Boniface Hicks, OSB

Director of Spiritual Formation
St. Vincent Seminary


Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., has been a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey since 1998. He has been involved with WAOB (We Are One Body) radio station, Latrobe, since its formation in 2010, presently serving as program director. In 2017, Father Boniface co-authored, along with Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., the book Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love, published by Emmaus Road Publishing.


Dr. Mary Healy, STD

Theologian & Professor
Sacred Heart Major Seminary


Dr. Mary Healy is professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and a bestselling author and international speaker. 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. Her other books include The Spiritual Gifts Handbook and Healing. Dr. Healy serves on the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity as a member of the Pentecostal-Catholic International Dialogue. She was appointed by Pope Francis as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Fr. Peter
Ryan, SJ

Professor of Theology
Sacred Heart Major Seminary


A priest of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Ryan was ordained in 1987. Before coming to Sacred Heart Major Seminary, he served as Executive Director of the Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Prior to that he served as Professor of Moral Theology and Director of Spiritual Formation at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis; Professor of Moral Theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland; and Assistant Professor of Theology at Loyola College in Maryland.

Fr. Ryan is a member of the executive boards of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Courage apostolate, was a senior fellow of the Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person, and is a past president of the Jesuit Philosophical Society.

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