We are glad you are here. Thank you for visiting this website. It is dedicated to the Holy Spirit and to His work in each of us. The works of the Holy Spirit are shown in the Holy Bible, especially in the New Testament. They are also evident today, in the lives of faithful Catholics.
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal began in 1967 at “The Ark and the Dove Retreat Center” north of Pittsburgh, PA. Since the beginning, it encourages all Catholics to seek a deeper, personal relationship with God. One way is through “baptism in the Holy Spirit.”
This Charismatic Renewal in the Church challenges each of us to:
- Be filled with the wonder and awe of the Holy Spirit — the third Person of the Holy Trinity.
- Learn about and accept the gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit.
- Cooperate with the prompting of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
- Use the charisms of the Holy Spirit for the good of others.
The role of the Western Oregon Catholic Charismatic Renewal is to help, promote, assist and encourage Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Portland and southwest Washington to grow closer to Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We do this by developing and promoting conferences, days of renewal, healing masses, training, and providing support and encouragement to the local Prayer Groups.
Browse a bit now and come back as often as you can. Expect the Holy Spirit to guide you and bless you each day!
Events, Activities and Updates
On Saturday, June 3, 2017, Pope Francis spoke to the tens of thousands of faithful who gathered at the Circus Maximus in Rome, Italy. They were there to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Here is the text of his speech. Pope Francis at St. Peter's Square, the Vatican. "Brothers and sisters, thank you for the witness you have given here today, thank you! It has helped us all, myself included … all of us! [...]
On June 19, 2017, we reached the first 500 visitors to WOCCR.org milestone. It has taken a little time for our website to become "known" to the different web search engines and for visitors to locate our site, but progress has been steady. See the graph of visitor activity over the last 12 weeks. Visitors per Day as of June 19 2017 We tend to think of this as our little website in Western Oregon. That is [...]
The Ark and Dove Retreat Center The Ark and the Dove is the name of the retreat center where 25 Duquesne University students attended a retreat in February 1967. It is on that "Duquesne Weekend" at the Ark and the Dove, that the Catholic Charismatic Renewal began. There was a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on those participants. From that famous "weekend retreat", the Catholic Charismatic Renewal spread worldwide. This building and the land was purchased [...]
The Western Oregon Catholic Charismatic Renewal (WOCCR) Team is celebrating a significant accomplishment. Today, we are launching version 3.0 of our website -- a totally redesigned site for our visitors and members. It includes a number of significant, new features: Fresh, new design to appeal to our visitors. Navigation improvements so you can find what you need. Redesigned "Home" page with these features: "Whats New" to keep you up to date. Weekly Events calendar showing both times and location. Featured events calling your attention to a [...]