The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is a movement that brings people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as risen Lord and living Savior. In an ongoing extension of Pentecost, Jesus continues to send His Holy Spirit with His gifts and graces on the earth to renew the Church and the lives of individual Christians.
The goal of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is to serve the mission of the Church by enabling people to live a renewed and Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian is called to be charismatic-- that is, to be equipped with gifts of service for the good of the Church.
Hundreds of thousands of Catholics in the United States attend weekly charismatic prayer meetings. What distinguishes these groups is their praise of Jesus Christ as Lord and the use of the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit including healing, prophecy, speaking in tongues, and spontaneous prayer.
Ongoing growth and teaching in the Renewal are made available through Catholic Faith in Action seminars and Life in the Spirit seminars, days of renewal, retreats, annual conferences and healing ministry. In the Peoria Diocese, these are arranged through the Advisory Board of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal which is under the direct authority of the Bishop of the Diocese. A newsletter is also available through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office.