Mike Aquilina

Clergy Invited to Exorcism Conference

Thursday March 18th 2010, 2:09 pm

A semi-public service announcement.

On May 25-27, 2010 the International Association of Exorcists will put on a conference on exorcism ministry at the Gilmary Catholic Retreat Center in the Pittsburgh diocese. This conference is not open to the public, only clergy and others that are approved will be admitted. Topics will include: the place of exorcism in the Church, training exorcists, diocese team formation, the new and old exorcism rite, exorcism vs. deliverance, law and liability, occult crime, canonical perspectives, and ethics.

The following are presenting: Fr. Giancarlo Gramolazzo, president of IAE (Vatican, health allowing). Dr. Richard Gallagher (governing body IAE), Fr. Clement Machado (Vatican), Fr. Brian Welding (canon lawyer), Captain Jim Dooley (NYPD). Other speakers are pending.

There is a growing awareness in our Church of the harmful influence of Satan in the lives of believers and non-believers alike. In his foreword to Fr. Fortea’s book Interview With an Exorcist, Bp. Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo, ND writes: “When needed, the Church continues to exercise this ministry of Jesus up to the present day, carefully discerning when true possession is present and permitting those priests, who have been trained in the rite of exorcism and with the permission of their bishop, to perform it.” This conference seeks to address these and related issues.

The cost for the Conference is $250.00 which includes food and lodging. The shuttle to and from the airport can be provided by Charlie Brown’s Airport Parking ($5 each way paid to them, call 412-262- 4931 when at airport). Priests may bring an alb and stole for the celebration of Mass.

Gilmary Catholic Retreat Center is at 601 Flaugherty Run Road Coraopolis, PA 15108. Phone: 412-264-8400. Email: info@gilmarycenter.org.

Please make fees out to the Diocese of Pittsburgh. If you have any special housing or dietary needs please let us know as soon as possible. Please send your name, title, mailing address, contact information and fee to: Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, c/o Rev. Brian Welding, 111 Blvd. Of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Please direct any questions to Adam Blai at adamblai@hotmail.com.