Bishop Emeritus Sam G. Jacobs
Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Houma, LA
Main Celebrant, Friday Night
Bishop Sam Jacobs was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lafayette in 1964 where he served as pastor, chaplain, and associate pastor of several parishes there and also in the Diocese of Lake Charles. He has served as chairman of the National Service Committee for the Charismatic Renewal and diocesan director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Diocese of Lake Charles. Bishop Jacobs was appointed the tenth bishop of Alexandria in 1989 and was installed as the third bishop of Houma-Thibodaux in 2003. He retired in October of 2013 and is now the bishop emeritus of Houma-Thibodaux. He celebrated 50 years of priesthood on June 6, 2014, and marked 25 years of episcopacy on August 24, 2014.
Bishop Jacobs has a blog called "Spirit Aflame." Visit his website.
Bishop Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, D.D, M.A., S.T.D.
Diocese of Pasig, Philippines
Main Celebrant, Sunday Afternoon
Appointed by the St. John Paul II as third bishop of the Diocese of San Jose, Nueva Ecija, Philippines from 2005-2011 and is now the second bishop of the Diocese of Pasig. Was the Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Seminaries of the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) from 2005-2013. Currently is the Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Social Communications and Vice-Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People of the CBCP, and Member of the Pension Plan Committee of the CBCP. Bishop-Member of the Office of Clergy of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC).
Educational background is as follows: B.S. Management Engineering (Ateneo de Manila University), M.A. in Philosophy (Ateneo), Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Loyola School of Theology affiliated to Fu Jen Cathlic University, Taiwan), Doctorate in Sacred Theology (Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Manila).
Written a number of books. Some of them are: Contemplating the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ (2004) and Living the Priesthood: Reflections on Priestly Life and Ministry (2005), Praying the Way of the Cross with St. John Mary Vianney (2010) all published by St. Pauls. He also wrote a series of homily reflections on the Sunday Gospel: A Shepherd's Voice: Cycle A (2007); A Shepherd's Staff: Cycle B (2008); and A Shepherd's Oil: Cycle (2009).
Became a Bishop-Catechist during World Youth Day, Sydney Australia, July 2008. Was a speaker twice during Holy Spirit Conference at Riordan High School, San Francisco, CA, USA, September 19-21, 2008 and September 17-19, 2010. Was also a plenum and workshop speaker during the Northern California Charismatic Convention, Sta. Clara Convention Center, CA, USA, May 22-24, 2009 and Main Celebrant at the 2017 NCRC Convention.
He has been invited to give talks, recollections and retreats to priests, religious sisters and lay people in the Philippines, in some countries of Asia and also in the United States.
Sister Linda Koontz, SNJM
Spirit of the Lord International Mission, El Paso, TX
I was greatly inspired by the Sisters of the Holy Names as I attended St. Aloysius grade school and Holy Names Academy in Spokane, Washington. I finished the second half of my junior year at Immaculate Heart Academy in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and graduated from there.
I followed my desire to serve God by entering the congregation at Marylhurst, Oregon in 1960. Upon graduation from Fort Wright College, I taught school at Sacred Heart and St. Francis in Spokane and at Immaculate in Seattle, Washington. In 1971 I was released from full time teaching to serve in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
1977 was a life-changing year. I was invited to El Paso, Texas to take part in an evangelization program among the poorest of the poor in Juarez, Mexico. Upon the invitation of Fr. Rick Thomas, S.J. I joined with his community in full time service to the poor in the hills of Juarez, Mexico.
In 1986 I founded Spirit of The Lord International Mission, an outreach to the poor, in Juarez, Mexico as well as the Caribbean and other parts of the world.
In Juarez, Mexico the mission has changed lives by providing education for the poorest children. We have built houses for those who lived in cardboard shacks and have provided food, medicine, and care for families. The focus of Spirit of The Lord International Mission is evangelization: bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the World. I have been privileged to serve in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal as a preacher and teacher around the world and in every state of the United States.
I am sincerely grateful to be a part of the Sisters of The Holy Names of Jesus and Mary whose mission is to minister to the poor.
Rev. Martin Njoalu
St. Mark Church, Belmont, CA
Rev. Martin Njoalu is a priest of the Via Christi Society, a young congregation which has its beginning in Makurdi Diocese Nigeria. Rev. Njoalu studied for the priesthood at St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary in Makurdi, Nigeria where he obtained degrees in Philosophy and Theology after which Rev Njoalu was ordained in the year 2011, in Nigeria and worked in several parishes in the Diocese of Lafia. During this period of pastoral ministry in Nigeria, Fr. was closely involved with the charismatic renewal in the parishes he was assigned to work. He helped to organize and teach whenever he was opportune to do so. In the year 2015, Fr. Njoalu was transferred to the Archdiocese of San Francisco and since then to date has been working in the Archdiocese as parochial vicar of St. Mark Belmont under the guidance of Monsignor James Tarantino who himself is a long time member of the renewal in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Rev. Jay Nuthulapati
St. Edward Church, Newark, CA
Fr. Jay studied in India with the Society of Precious Blood, C.PP.S. and was ordained on May 1, 2006, He started his Priestly ministry at St. Edwards, Newark, CA, in February, 2010 and has been active in the Charismatic Renewal since then. In February, 2014, he was appointed by Bishop Barber, SJ, as the Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Diocese of Oakland. Fr. Jay is especially gifted by the power of the Holy Spirit in the areas of Healing and Preaching.
Pope Francis appointed him as a "Missionary of Mercy" with faculty. He continues in this missionary capacity to this day, because, "Mercy never ends." He was appointed Pastor of St. Edward Catholic Church on July 1, 2015.
Rev. Raymund Reyes
Archdiocese of San Francisco
Fr. Ray has been involved with the Charismatic Renewal since his priestly ordination in 1988. The Renewal has always been a part of his parish ministry both in the Philippines and in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He has been a regular presenter at the Northern California Renewal Coalition (NCRC) and the Holy Spirit Renewal Conference in San Francisco.
He currently serves as the Archbishop's Liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco – SFSpirit.com. and as Vicar for Clergy, for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Rev. Gary Thomas
Sacred Heart Church, Saratoga, CA
Father Gary Thomas has been pastor of Sacred Heart Church since May 1, 2006. He was ordained for the Diocese of San Jose on December 3, 1983. Fr. Gary has served in a variety of ministerial capacities in the diocese over the past 28 years. He has served as parochial vicar of St. Joseph of Cupertino Church, Cupertino and St. Nicholas Church, Los Altos; diocesan director of vocations; chaplain of St. Francis High School; and previous pastor of St. Nicholas Church (1993-2005).Fr. Gary also currently serves as the diocesan exorcist.
Fr. Gary Thomas a native of San Francisco. He is a graduate of All Souls Grammar school and a 1971 graduate of Junipero Serra High School. He holds a B.S. in Management from the University of San Francisco 1975, and is a 1976 graduate of the SF College of Mortuary Science. Fr. Gary enjoyed a career in the funeral service industry for a number of years before entering St. Patrick Seminary in 1979 where he received his Masters in Divinity in 1983.