This is a note explicitly for priests.
Again, we are given an example of how Bp. Slattery of Tulsa is standing up and doing his work. Every diocese should have an appointed exorcist. I believe this is not always the case, however. Some priests and even bishops brush off the influence of demonic powers and the Church’s perennial ministry in their regard… founded on the example of the Lord, Apostles and many great saints through history.
So, for priests:
The Te Deum Institute of Sacred Liturgy of the Diocese of Tulsa will host a workshop for priests on the Ministry of Exorcism. This workshop will take place on January 24, 25, and 26, 2011 at the Catholic Charities Campus, 2450 North Harvard, Tulsa. Presenters will include Fr. Clement Machado, S.O.L.T., Mr. Adam Blai and Mr. Don Rimer, all experts in the Church’s practice of exorcism or in the study of the occult.
The Catholic Church has sanctioned exorcisms since the first century, and provides priests with special prayers and rituals, many of which date back to the sixth and seventh century. In recent times, though, the practice of solemn exorcisms has been extremely rare; in fact few priests today have ever seen or participated in one. This conference will be part of an on-going effort of the Church in the United States to train and prepare priests for this spiritual combat.
“While full demonic possession is rare,” insisted Bishop Edward Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa, “instances of demonic influence and oppression has been increasing in current years.” Priests who attend this workshop will learn to recognize what opens the doors to demonic activity, how to discern true possession and will become familiar with the Church’s Rite of Exorcism, Bishop Slattery explained.
This workshop is open to any priest or diocesan official interested in learning more about this ministry. Attendance at this conference, however, is only with the permission of the attendee’s Bishop. Cost for this conference is $175.00. For more information or to register, please contact the Te Deum Institute at email@example.com
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Mr. Joey Spencer, Program Director
Te Deum Institute of Sacred Liturgy of the Diocese of Tulsa; 1-918-307-4956
December 7, 2010