September 21, 2019

Charismatic Day of Renewal

Day of Renewal 2019 was held on
Saturday, September 21

The Beginning and the End:

             The Healing of Past Soul Wounds"  Rev 1:8

Our Gathering Place

Diocesan Center

4800 Union Deposit, Harrisburg PA 17111

Schedule for the Day

Doors Open for Check-in/Fellowship (Light Breakfast Snacks)   8:00-8:30 AM
Morning Session Begins:
Praise Music   8:30 AM
Welcome Comments/Praise & Worship Continues   8:40 AM
Keynote Address - Fr. Schenck                                                        9:20 AM
Break 10:30 AM
Mass Begins 10:45 AM
Lunch in Lower Level Dining Room 11:45 AM
Breakout Sessions Begin:
Eucharistic Adoration in Chapel 12:30 PM
Education Wing Conference Rm "Unleashing the Gifts of the Spirit" 12:45 PM
Martin & Bernice White with Fr. Schenck (instruction, witness & prayer)
Divine Mercy Presentation & Prayer in Chapel - Joe Bankowski   1:00 PM
Afternoon Session Begins:
Praise & Worship - Main Conference Room   1:30 PM
Afternoon Address - Fr. Schenck   2:00 PM
Concluding comments, Prayer & Blessing followed by 
Healing Prayer with Prayer Teams   2:45 PM
Healing Session/Prayers for Healing End   3:45 PM

Our Keynote Speaker

Fr. Paul C.B. Schenck, Ed.D


Fr. Paul Chaim Benedicta Schenck is a Pastoral Provision Priest currently serving as Parochial Vicar at St Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Mechanicsburg & Director of Deacon formation for the Diocese of Harrisburg.

     Raised Jewish, Father attended Hebrew school in Niagara Falls, NY. A public-school graduate, he completed studies at the Institute of Jewish Studies in the State University of New York and the Baltimore Hebrew University. He holds degrees in scripture, theology, bioethics, psychology and education. After reading the Gospel of Matthew and other Christian literature and impressed by the Charismatic Renewal, he asked for baptism from a Charismatic Salvation Army Lieutenant who was acting pastor in a Methodist/Brethren chapel. He enrolled in a Pentecostal bible college and an Evangelical seminary and was ordained in the evangelical Anglican tradition. He was a short-order cook, kennel cleaner, janitor, youth minister, pastor, rector, Teen Challenge director, and seminary professor before he and his family entered into full communion with the Catholic Church.

     Father is married to his high school sweetheart Rebecca, they have eight living children, four are married, and they have three granddaughters. Whenever possible he helps Rebecca with her home-based book resale business and is a board-certified professional pastoral counselor. In Father’s words, I speak in tongues.



Rev. Paul CB (Chaim Benedicta) Schenck, Ed.D., 

M.S. Psychology, Professional Pastoral/Spiritual Counselor


   The Rev. Paul Schenck is a married Catholic priest. He and his wife, Becky, married 41 years,  have nine children, including "one in heaven." Schenck served one month in prison and 18 months in home detention for leafleting and offering support to women and their companions at abortion clinics before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor in the 1997 case of Schenck v. Pro-Choice Network of Western New York.
   Fr. Schenck brings a rich background to his priestly ministry. The Lord has led him from deep spiritual roots in a Jewish family, to baptism at age 16, to ordination in the Evangelical and Anglican traditions. Ordained in the Catholic Church in 2010 under a special provision established by Pope Saint John Paul II for married Anglican priests., Schenk has served as director of respect life activities and continuing education for clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg since 2008 and chairs the Washington, D.C., National Pro Life Center, an ecumenical mission at the Supreme Court, which he founded in 2004.
He is a certified bioethicist, holding a certificate from the National Catholic Bioethics Center and an Ed.D. in Applied Pastoral Practice from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana.
   He is a board-certified pastoral counselor, and has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Thomas University. He serves on the ethics committee for palliative care at UPMC Pinnacle Health, Harrisburg and is an adjunct instructor in Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio. 
  Fr. Schenck's journey began in Western New York, where he was raised. There he attended Hebrew school for six years, learning Babylonian Aramaic. When he was in ninth grade, two classmates, one a son of a United Methodist minister and the other who became the first female minister ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, introduced him to Christianity. I listened to them very closely," Schenck said. "I grew up in a home where Jesus was respected. I was told Jesus was a great rabbi that Christians mistakenly turned into a God." He began reading the New Testament, which he felt very familiar, with names such as Isaiah, Solomon and David and references to circumcision and bar mitzvahs. "There was nothing non-Jewish about it," he said.
   Fr. Schenck used the Yiddish word mishmash to describe his family, explaining that his mother was baptized a Catholic and raised an Episcopalian before marrying the son of Jewish refugees and converting to Judaism to please her husband's father. The priest, whose twin brother is a UMC pastor in Chicago, confirmed his mother and baptized his father in the Catholic Church before they died.
  Graduating in 1979 from Elim Bible Institute, in Lima, N.Y, he then attended the Institute of Jewish Studies at the State University of New York because he wanted to study the Old Testament in Hebrew. He graduated from Luther Rice Seminary in 1982. By then, he and his wife, who both married at 19, had six children and lived in a garage apartment without enough heat. "We were in desperate straits, but we didn't know it. We were enormously happy. Our family life and ministry fulfilled us. Our children were our treasures and still are."
   In 1984, Schenck read "The Jewish People and Jesus Christ after Auschwitz," by Jakob Jocz, a third generation Jewish Christian from Ukraine and a professor at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. The two met and became colleagues, collaborating on a series of articles for the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. When Jocz died three years later, he left his entire library, four floors in a Victorian townhouse, to Schenck. In a journal on Judaica, Fr. Schenck found an article about a fragment in Hebrew found in Syria before the fourth century believed to be a Haggadah, a Jewish text of the order of the Passover Seder, but which on further study was found to be the oldest known Christian Eucharistic liturgy. "I was convinced that the Church of the Apostles, the Hebrew speaking church of Jerusalem, was liturgical and Eucharistic". Father said, "That led me to conclude that the earliest church was Catholic."

He is a certified bioethicist, holding a certificate from the National Catholic Bioethics Center and an Ed.D. in Applied 

Pastoral Practice from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. 
   Although the Rev. Paul C.B. Schenck was a Protestant clergyman, he said he felt Catholic. When he learned that Pope John Paul II would grant pastoral provisions to married Anglican priests, allowing them to become Ordained Catholic Priests, he joined a Reformed Episcopal Church, a member of the worldwide Anglican communion. "I have tremendous respect and admiration for my brother unmarried priests," Fr. Schenck said, "because they voluntarily surrender what is a right that every Christian man has, a wife and a family. They do that for the love of Christ and his church. I think that's heroic."