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By Father Roy Anthony
Shillong, Aug. 6. Shillong: ''Life in the Spirit Seminar'' for all the Church leaders of our St. John Bosco Shrine Sohra Parish, was conducted here at the Parish Centre on the 3rd and 4th  August 2019. It was customary to have a seminar for the church leaders in the beginning of August every year. This year with the arrival of Father Devasia Vazhayil, the seminar has really impacted the life of the Church's leaders and it has enthused them further in their ministry of leadership.  For three months; planning and awareness about this seminar at various forums has been done while insisting that all the Church leaders should participate in this particular programme. The response was absolutely great:  a good group of over 160 participants from the whole parish including from those remotest villages participated in it.
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The Sessions were animated by Mr. Belmore, Mr. Matheus, Mr. Sebastian and Mr. Nicholas (lay people are all members of the Charismatic Renewal Team of the Archdiocese of Shillong) guided by Father Devasia.  On both the days the programme started at 9.00 in the morning and continued up to 8.00 in the evening on the first day and up to 7.00 in the evening on the second day.  The sessions were simple and yet captured the attention of the participants. Unlike the usual constant exit of the people for various needs, the participants were glued to their chairs during the long sessions of prayer and listening to the Word.  No one wanted to miss any part of the preaching or of the prayer. There was enthusiastic participation in the praise and Worship sessions too which is animated by a group of five boys from Shillong. They really did a wonderful job! It was so inspiring to be part of the prayer sessions led by these young boys! The prayer that flowed so spontaneously from the hearts of these young boys surely touched the heart of the Lord, and was a real inspiration to the participants! As it happens in every such seminar the teachings were fully imbued with the Word, and so had the impact of the Living Word. The topics dealt with included: God's abiding love, Sin and Repentance, Forgiveness, Need for inner healing, Holy Spirit and His Gifts, Spiritual Growth, Witnessing to the faith etc. The inner healing session which closed the first day and the Baptism in the Spirit which closed the second day were particularly powerful experiences of the Lord and of the Spirit. Every one came out of the experience a little more renewed, enthused, energized and with a little more eagerness to spread the Good News.


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