Past Conferences and Annual Theological Symposia

A list of papers presented at the various events can be found by clicking on the the button below.

Please note: we have attempted to provide as many papers as possible from the events listed below. Please contact us if you have any papers not listed on the ADL Papers page.

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1976

1976 Steubenville, OH

Beginnings – Liaisons met for the first time as a national group with the Bishops Ad-Hoc Committee on the Charismatic Renewal at the end of the Steubenville Priests’ Conference. They examined the possible relationship with the Bishops’ Committee and explored the group’s future direction.

1977

1977 New Orleans, LA

The meeting in New Orleans considered the role of liaisons and discussed various concerns of the Charismatic Renewal. The role of the local bishop in exercising leadership and guidance for the Renewal was stressed. The first Steering Committee was elected.

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1977

1977 Kansas City - Theological Symposia

The decision to sponsor Theological Symposia was made at the Kansas City Conference in 1977.  The purpose of each Symposium is to study an area of interest to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Persons who have expertise in the field of the topic being studied and who can provide scriptural, theological, historical or pastoral reflection are invited to the symposia as presenters. Each presenter submits a paper on a designated aspect of the topic being studied.  These papers are sent to the participants to be read before the Symposium. Dues-paying members who cannot attend the Symposium are also sent a copy of these papers.  Those attending the Symposium, in addition to the presenters, are given the opportunity to make brief comments related to the paper. All present then have the opportunity to respond to the papers, and to interact with one another.   Reflections from the Symposium are shared with all other liaisons in the newsletter. Some symposium papers have been published. Many papers can be downloaded through the ADL website.

1977

1977 Conference - Kansas City, MO

The Kansas City Conference, the Lord’s word to Liaisons seemed to be a call for unity. There is a great need for:

  1. a bridge between the Church and the movement
  2. healing of relationships
  3. bringing leaders together on a diocesan basis
  4. an evolving understanding of the role of liaison in the Church
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1978

1978 Theological Symposium - Milwaukee, WI

December Scripture and the Charismatic Renewal

1979

1979 Conference - Houston, TX

Liaisons met in Houston, TX and focused on the need for sound teachings in scripture, listened to a report from the committee that had evaluated a variety of scriptural programs and heard plans for the theological symposium on Deliverance Prayer.

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1979

1979 Theological Symposium - Houston, TX

January Deliverance Prayer

1980

1980 Conference - Menlo Park, CA

In Menlo Park, CA they used a process designed to provide maximum opportunity to discussion on deliverance prayer; that the guidelines should be preceded by careful teaching; but to move ahead with courage, trust and openness.

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1980

1980 Theological Symposium - Atlanta, GA

March – Charismatic Renewal and the Local Church

1981

1981 Conference - Philadelphia, PA

In Philadelphia, PA the main theme was: The Integration of the Charismatic Renewal into the Local Church.

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1981

1981 Theological Symposium - San Antonio, TX

February – Evangelization and the Charismatic Renewal

1982

1982 Conference - Techny, IL

At Techny, IL the liaisons focused on the RCIA as a means of evangelizing, and on problems and programs relating to the formation of leaders.

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1982

1982 Theological Symposium - Tampa, FL

NovemberCharismatic Renewal and Contemplation

1983

1983 Conference - San Antonio, TX

The conference in San Antonio, TX was devoted to: Considerations of the Gift of Contemplative Prayer and to Spiritual Direction as the Main Means of Pastoring this Work of the Spirit.

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1983

1983 Theological Symposium - New Orleans, LA

SeptemberCharisms and Charismatic Renewal

1984

1984 Conference - Mission San Luis Ray, CA

Prophecy, healing and discernment were the charisms studied at the meeting held at Mission San Luis Ray near San Diego, CA.

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1984

1984 Theological Symposium - Milwaukee, WI

September – Mary and the Charismatic Renewal

1985

1985 Conference - Williamsburg, VA

At Williamsburg, VA the liaisons reflected on Mary and the Charismatic Renewal.

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1985

1985 Theological Symposium - New York, NY

September – Sacraments of Initiation and the Charismatic Renewal

1986

1986 Conference - Albuquerque, NM

The Topic in Albuquerque, NM was Ecumenism and the Charismatic Renewal.

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1986

1986 Theological Symposium - Sedalia, CO

September – Ecumenism and the Charismatic Renewal

1987

1987 Conference - St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, MO hosted the liaisons for a reflection on The Sacraments of Initiation and the Charismatic Renewal.

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1987

1987 Theological Symposium - Plymouth, MI

September – Fundamentalism and the Charismatic Renewal

1988

1988 Conference - Hawaii

The Liaisons gathered on the island of Oahu in Hawaii to study and discuss Fundamentalism and the Charismatic Renewal.

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1988

1988 Theological Symposium - Haverstraw, NY

September – Psychology and Spirituality

1989

1989 Conference - Queens, NY

Queens, NY was the site to Discern the Role that Psychology and Spirituality Play in the Charismatic Renewal.

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1989

1989 Theological Symposium - St. Louis, MO

September – Models of Christian Community

1990

1990 Conference - Menlo Park, CA

In Menlo Park, CA the topic was Models of Christian Community. With the assistance of an outside facilitator the Liaisons also formulated the first Constitution and By-laws for the Association.  The most recent version of that document can be found on this site.

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1990

1990 Theological Symposium - Denver, CO

October – Charismatic Renewal: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

1991

1991 Conference - Little Rock, AR

At Little Rock, AR, in the 25th year of the Charismatic Renewal the Liaisons reviewed the past and shared practical suggestions for better Pastoring of the Renewal on the local level.

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1991

1991 Theological Symposium - New Orleans, LA

September – Pastoring the Catholic the Charismatic Renewal into the Heart of the Church

1992

1992 Conference - Akron, OH

In Akron, OH the reflection was on Ramifications of Pastoring the Renewal into the Heart of the Church.

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1992

1992 Theological Symposium - Chicago, IL

September – Discernment

1993

1993 Conference - Boston, MA

The Conference in Boston, MA focused on Discernment.

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1993

1993 Theological Symposium - Nashville, TN

November – Charismatic Renewal and Renewing the Parish

1994

1994 Conference - Spokane, WA

In Spokane, WA we centered on The Charismatic Renewal and Renewing the Parish.

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1994

1994 Theological Symposium - Detroit, MI

September – Spirituality and Formation of the Laity

1995

1995 Conference - Toronto, ON

At our first International Conference, held in Toronto, ON the theme was Spirituality and Formation of the Laity.

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1995

1995 Theological Symposium - Brooklyn, NY

September – Disciples

1996

1996 Conference - Baltimore, MD

The theme was Discipleship at our annual gathering in Baltimore, MD.

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1996

1996 Theological Symposium - Beaumont, TX

September – Jesus

1997

1997 Conference - Los Angeles, CA

This conference focused on Jesus and was part of the Holy Father’s 3-year plan in his letter “Tertio Millennio Adveniente”. We gathered in Los Angeles, CA.

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1997

1997 Theological Symposium - Seattle, WA

October – The Holy Spirit

1998

1998 Conference - San Antonio, TX

The Holy Spirit conference was held in San Antonio, TX.

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1998

1998 Theological Symposium - Brooklyn, NY

September – The Father

1999

1999 Conference - Boston, MA

The Father was the theme for this last conference before the dawn of a new millennium in Boston, MA.

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1999

1999 Theological Symposium - Detroit, MI

September – Spirit of the Jubilee

2000

2000 Conference - San Francisco, CA

Spirit of Jubilee was the theme of our conference in San Francisco, CA.

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2000

2000 Theological Symposium - Tiffin, OH

September – Intergenerational Healing

2001

2001 Conference - Orlando, FL

We gathered in Orlando, FL to discuss Intergenerational Healing.

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2001

2001 Theological Symposium - Albuquerque, NM

September – The Renewal at 35: Bridging Memory and Vision

2002

2002 Conference - Buffalo, NY

The Charismatic Renewal at 35: Bridging Memory and Vision was our topic in Buffalo, NY.

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2002

2002 Theological Symposium - Baton Rouge, LA

October – Prayer and Ecclesial Maturity: Worship in the Spirit

2003

2003 Conference - Spokane, WA

Prayer and Ecclesial Maturity: Worship in the Spirit in Spokane, WA

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2003

2003 Theological Symposium - St. Louis, MO

September – Biblical Theology

2004

2004 Conference - Brooklyn, NY

We discussed Biblical Theology when we gathered in Brooklyn, NY.

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2003

2004 Theological Symposia Merger

The symposium merged with the ADL Conference at this time into a weeklong conference/symposium which meets in the spring.

2005

2005 Conference - Sacramento, CA

Charisms and the Saints was the topic as we gathered in Sacramento, CA.

2006

2006 Conference - St. Benedict’s Abbey, WI

The Cost of Discipleship drew our attention as we gathered at St. Benedict’s Abbey in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, WI.

2007

2007 Conference - Cleveland, OH

We looked into the future in Cleveland, OH. with the theme Forty Years of Renewal: Where do We Go from Here?

2008

2008 Conference - St. Louis, MO

It was time for Calling Forth God’s People as we met in America’s heartland in St. Louis, MO.

2009

2009 Conference - Spokane, WA

We headed west to Spokane, WA to discuss St. Paul, His Mission and Message in this Year of St. Paul called by the Holy Father.

2010

2010 Conference - Sioux Falls, SD

In Sioux Falls, SD we shared the theme  A Chosen Race; A Royal Priesthood; A Holy Nation calling to mind that the call to discipleship involves both ordained and laity.

2011

2011 Conference - Toronto, ON

We crossed the border to meet with our Canadian brothers and sisters in Toronto, Ontario Canada where ICCRS President Michelle Moran joined us in addressing the topic Unity Through Pentecost; Building the Culture of Pentecost.

2012

2012 Conference - Memphis, TN

Enjoying the wonderful hospitality of Memphis, TN we met to be re-energized in our commitment to The New Evangelization for Our Time.

2013

2013 Conference - San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA – Vatican II and the Catholic Charismatic.

2014

2014 Conference - San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX – Grace and Charisms: New Springtime of the Church.

2015

2015 Conference - Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA – Unity in Diversity – “The Holy Spirit brings unity and the Church is one in Diversity” – Pope Francis.

2016

2016 Conference - Augusta, GA

Mission in Mercy for the USA

2017

2017 Conference - Pittsburgh, PA

Approaching, During and After the Golden Jubilee – Chuck Hornsby

2018

2018 Conference - Portland, OR

Fear not, Stand Firm and See the Salvation of God – Jim Murphy

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