Sr. Marie Fidelis, DLJC
Board of Directors
Andrés is the bishop’s delegate for Hispanic ministry and director of evangelization for the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. Currently, he is the president of the Latin-American Catholic Charismatic Council (CONCCLAT) and member of the International Service of Communion for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CHARIS) based in the Vatican, representing North America and the Caribbean. Andrés has served as a consultant to the USCCB Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs and member of the National Team of the V Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry. Andrés holds a Master’s degree in Theological Studies and has spoken at various conferences nationally and internationally. Andrés is the author of the books “Catholic Charismatic Renewal: A Current of Grace”, “Be my Witness” and “Spirituality and Prayer: A Guide to Talk to God and Live Like Jesus”.
Michelle together with her husband Peter is a founder member of Sion Catholic Community for Evangelism and has been involved in full-time ministry for over 30 years. She is an author of several books on evangelization. Michelle served as President of ICCRS (International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services) from 2006-2017 and was instrumental in the setting up of CHARIS. She was a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity from 2008-2016. Currently Michelle is the leader of Sion Community. She is a widely traveled preacher, teacher, and evangelist and also serves as a mentor, consultant, and facilitator. She is passionate about raising up the next generation of leaders in the Church.
Jimmy was baptized in 1954 and baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1975 where he was forever changed by the love of the Father. He is being formed by the heart of God to present His Heart. A former member of the National Service Committee for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, now a member of the Pentecost Today USA Council where he serves as Development Manager. Since 2015, he has served on the Board of Directors for The Ark and The Dove, home of Baptism in the Holy Spirit, when it was reclaimed for the Renewal as its birthplace. He is a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council for the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston West Virginia and serves on the Pastoral Concerns Committee. Jimmy has served the Renewal throughout the United States ministering at Outreach Events, Days of Renewal, Praise and Teaching Rallies, and at State and National Conferences. He lives in Fairmont, West Virginia with his beautiful wife Taffy. They have seven children, seventeen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren and are members of All Saints Parish in Bridgeport West Virginia.
In 1937 I was born to Baptist missionary parents who ministered in the Bayous of South Louisiana. I grew up as a Southern Baptist as my father later pastored a church in South Alabama and came to know the Lord in my early teens, and at 18 years old reluctantly responded to God’s call to the ministry. In 1957 I was ordained a Southern Baptist pastor and began pastoring while attending college and later seminary. Though the church grew from a handful of attendees to over 300, after 6 years I was ready to leave the ministry due to my own inadequacy and the gap between what I saw in the book of Acts and my own experience. After study and prayer I came to believe that my lack was the power of the Holy Spirit. In 1964 I attended a prayer meeting led by a fellow pastor in Pensacola, FL and was baptized in the Holy Spirit. The effect upon the church was immediate and dramatic, with many people baptized in the Holy Spirit. Soon I was being asked to share my testimony across the nation and in other nations as many people around the world were being filled with the Holy Spirit. I continued to pastor the local congregation and travel until 1971 when I believed God was calling me to travel and raise up other leaders who could give pastoral care and train still others to fill the great need. Along my journey, I began to meet and work with other leaders across the spectrum of denominations and non-denominational leaders to hold seminars and conferences to teach Biblical truths. These efforts culminated in the Kansas City Conference of 1977 attended by approximately 50,000 believers. I continue to travel, mentor and consult with leaders across the U.S. In addition, I am chairman of the Board of Charles Simpson Ministries (Formerly Christian Growth Ministries and New Wine Magazine). Some of my associates have established training institutes in Africa, India and Latin America.
As RCIA Director at Church of the Nativity in Burke and Chairman of Pentecost Today USA, formerly the National Service Committee, Ron’s catechetical approach focuses on encountering Christ, developing an intimate and prayerful relationship with Jesus, discerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit and inspiring intentional discipleship. A core team member of the Diocesan Unbound Ministry, Ron encourages others to claim the freedom Christ won for us through forgiveness of self and others and renouncing sins, bad habits, attitudes and lies, which keep people from realizing freedom and limits their discipleship. As a Catholic Charities board member and embracing recent papal encyclicals, he teaches that charity and truth are inextricably linked and he evangelizes parishioners in retreat settings to encounter the love of God so that the charity they extend to those in need is more than a meal or clothing – but a witness of God’s divine love which could lead to the transformation of the poor. A banking consultant by profession, Ron’s radical conversion to the Catholic faith came as a result of witnessing disaster, which led him to come to his senses. Married for nearly 40 years and with three grown children, Ron’s wife Terry inspires his faith and challenges him to go out into the deep. They are parishioners at Church of the Nativity in Burke.
I consider The Ark and The Dove to be a second home because it is part of my neighborhood. As a Duquesne University alumnus from Pittsburgh, I have frequented it often. Over the years the historic importance of this property has not been lost on me. I never thought that I would have a hand in the purchase of it in 2015 for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. I have been in that unpretentious, simple, little “Holy Spirit-anointed chapel” countless times and still feel breathless when I leave. To think that my brother David was there at the start in 1967 for the “Duquesne Weekend,” and I am here now participating in a fresh outpouring of grace for Baptism in the Holy Spirit to a new generation, astounds me. Currently, I am the facilities director of The Ark and The Dove and oversee the work of the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Sisters who administer our programs and activities. In addition, I am a former senior coordinator of the People of God Community, and a former committee member of Pentecost Today USA, formerly the National Service Committee.
Mother Lucy, DLJC
Mother Lucy was born, Linda Kay Lukasiewicz, in Grand Island, Nebraska. At age 17, Linda began to hear of and experience charismatic prayer meetings and baptism in the Holy Spirit. Soon after she was given information about the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is a Catholic Charismatic Franciscan Religious Institute of Sisters. Linda came to the Disciples at age 19, and received the name Sister Lucy as a novice. She professed her first vows in 1984, and her final vows in 1988. She was elected Superior General January 21, 2002 and served in that position for 12 years, finishing her term in January 2014. She was re-elected Superior General in January 2020. She was elected to the National Service Committee in January 2012 and was re-elected in 2015 and 2018. Mother Lucy’s greatest joy is praising the Lord and bringing people to a deeper realization of a great God who has a plan for their life. Her heart says, “Lord, I am your servant. I have come to do Your will.”