What is Baptism in the Holy Spirit?
An experience from which people can recognize the presence and action of the Holy Spirit at work in their lives with greater intensity and fruitfulness.
The effects of this experience, as people yield to the Spirit in an ongoing way are:
1, intensified purification and conversion
2. an increase in the manifestation of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (the proof of an authentic experience of Baptism of the Spirit) (see Galatians 5:22)
3. the manifestation of special gifts (charisms) which are to be used for the building up of the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12 - 14)
4. the power to witness (Acts 1)
In 1967, with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit throughout the world and at the end of Vatican II, we, here in Detroit, under the leadership of the Archbishop of Detroit, John Cardinal Dearden, were invited to open a small office over his garage at his residence on Boston Boulevard. This office moved to Precious Blood Convent and included a bookstore for renewal materials. Fr. Bob Duggan, a Basilian priest, became the director and served the many charismatic groups that were developing throughout this archdiocese.
The purpose of having an office and a center was to:
1. Keep the renewal orthodox and Catholic.
2. Teach and train lay leaders.
3. Provide opportunities for growth and formation in the Holy Spirit, including Life in the Spirit seminars.
A Liaison to the Archbishop was named to see that these goals were met.
Through the years the renewal office has moved to six different locations. Its focus has remained the same. It's currently located in Wyandotte, Michigan.
The CR consists of thousands of people who have experienced this basic conversion, and in yielding to the power of the Holy Spirit use these gifts (charisms) of Pentecost in service to build up the church. The basic gifts used are Teaching, Prophecy, Healing, Evangelization, Tongues, Wisdom, and Discernment.
In the Archdiocese of Detroit, there are over 30 prayer groups currently in parishes and homes. The director of the Detroit Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center is Arlene Apone, who has served the DCCR since 1983, and who serves as liaison to Archbishop Allen Vigneron. The DCCR Center receives no financial support from the Archdiocese of Detroit, and is completely dependent upon the contributions it receives from prayer groups and individuals.
The CCR has an international office in the Vatican in Rome (ICCRS) and is active in every country in the world. In the USA the national office is in Virginia, called Chariscenter.