Ministry Team

Patrick Reis Executive Director, Encounter Ministries

Patrick is the Executive Director of Encounter Ministries and has a passion and drive to see Catholics empowered to walk in the power and love of the Holy Spirit. He carries a strong heart for evangelization, healing, prophetic ministry, contemplative prayer and Christian unity. Patrick ministers and speaks at conferences internationally and was featured in the 2017 groundbreaking “Fearless” documentary and the 2020 “Revive” documentary. He is married to Emily and together they have six children.

Fr. Mathias Thelen, S.T.L. Author & Professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Father Mathias Thelen, S.T.L. is the president of Encounter Ministries and Pastor of St. Patrick Church in Brighton, MI. A pioneer in healing evangelization, his ministry has not only been accompanied by incredible verified healings, but he has also garnered a reputation of leading people into the loving arms of the Father. He is the author of Biblical Foundations for the Role of Healing and was featured in both the Fearless (2017) and Revive (2020) documentaries.

Sarah Kaczmarek Director of Pastoral Ministry, Encounter Ministries

Sarah serves as the Director of Pastoral Ministry at Encounter Ministries and overseer of the Encounter School of Ministry. She has served in ministry for the last 15 years and has a desire to see all of God's children walk in wholeness and holiness. She is the co-founder of the Millennial Church Conferences and a co-creator of Kindred Collective. She has loved serving as a youth minister in a parish and as the Associate Director of Alpha Catholic before joining Encounter Ministries. She holds an MA in Counseling and is currently completing a certificate in Spiritual Direction. She loves teaching and speaking about the heart of the Father, the wholeness He desires for us, and the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives.

Joe Philip Director of the Online Campus, Encounter Ministries

Joe Philip is the Director of the Online Campus for Encounter Ministries. From a young age he witnessed the supernatural power of the God to heal and bring hope to the hopeless. After his own powerful experience of the Father’s love, he has been committed to making Jesus famous. He has been ministering in the Church for over 15 years and has been seeing more and more of the fruit of healing, miracles, and transformation of lives as he follows the leading of the Spirit.

Matt Lozano Director of Leadership & Development,Heart of the Father Ministries

Matthew Lozano serves as Director of Leadership Development for Heart of the Father Ministries. He has twelve years of teaching experience and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Villanova University and a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute. He and his wife Jennifer have five children and live in the Philadelphia area. He is the coauthor of the Unbound Ministry Guidebook and Abba’s Heart.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, June 23

5:00PMRegistration Opens


7:15PMGeneral Session - Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is not a one-time event, it is a lifestyle! In Luke 12:49, Jesus cried out, "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing." Jesus sets the earth on fire, by setting each one of us on fire with a desire to make the life and mission of Christ known. In this session Sarah Kaczmarek will present what it means to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and what this precious gift means for each of our lives!

Friday, June 24th

9:30Doors Open


10:30AMGeneral Session - The Normal Catholic Life

When God pours out the Holy Spirit, the effect is that we become sons and daughters and that we will prophesy. We are living in a time where God is pouring out prophetic gifts on the Church in ways not seen since the book of Acts. In this session, Patrick Reis is going to be speaking into what God is doing and how each one of us can harness these gifts in our life to partner with the Holy Spirit to see greater fruit and transformation in evangelization and ministry.

12:30PMLunch Break

2:00pmGeneral Session: Come And See

The first words of Jesus in the Gospel of John is to “come and see” (Jn 1:38). Created for God, the longing of the heart quickens to life in an encounter with Jesus. This desire, as a burning in our bones is not only an argument for God’s existence, but an invitation for man to come fully alive.

3:30PMFree to be Holy: How to Live an Authentic Joy Filled Lifestyle - Matt Lozano

Many of us believe that holiness is a daunting, if not hopeless task. Matt Lozano unpacks what it means to be made holy in Christ, and how we can pursue holiness free from fear, shame, or discouragement. Holiness is truly the pursuit of love, joy and freedom!

3:30PMWomen's Session - Sarah Kaczmarek

5:00PMDinner Break


7:45PMGeneral Session - Encounter Healing Service

Jesus promised, "These signs will accompany those who believe...they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover." (Mark 16:7-8) Healing is the Jesus' idea, not ours. During this session, Fr. Mathias will present the case for why as Christian's we should be praying and expecting God to heal today. After, he will lead a healing service, where the signs Jesus tells us will accompany those who believe, will be made manifest.

Saturday, June 25th

9:30AMDoors Open


10:30AMGeneral Session: Abba's Heart

At the moment of Christ's baptism, God the Father declared, "You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased." (Mark 1:11) In this first recorded encounter between Jesus and His Father, Jesus receives His identity and the delight of the Father. In this session, Matt Lozano will remind each of us how we too receive our identities from the heart of Abba and how Jesus took our place on the cross, so we can have the same kind of relationship with the Father that He has.

12:30AMLunch Break

2:30PMBreakout Session: Hearing God's Voice & the Prophetic Gifts - Fr. Mathias Thelen [Church]

2:30PMBreakout Session: Maranatha - Joe Philip [Parish Hall]

The journey of love doesn’t end in death. It only begins. Eschatology, or the study of the Last Things (death, judgement, hell, and heaven), is an opportunity to renew our minds, break off fear, and prepare for the bridegroom. The last things are an invitation to allow the best things to shape how we think about the next things.

4:30PMVigil Mass

5:30PMDinner Break


7:45PMGeneral Session: Advancing the Kingdom through Impartation

In Romans 1:11, St Paul said, “I hope to come to you soon that I might impart some spiritual gift to you, that you might be strengthened.” From this passage, Patrick will unpack the teaching of the impartation of spiritual gifts. He will also share his story of his prophetic and healing ministry growing after receiving impartations of greater anointing. This will end in a time of prayer for impartation for all conference attendees.

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The conference hotel is Aloft Lexington. We have secured a group rate of $149 per night. Please book your room here!

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All Letters of Suitability for priests attending the conference who wish to concelebrate with conference liturgies and/or hear confessions as applicable should be emailed at least two weeks prior to the Pastor of St. Camillus as well as the Chancery of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Fr. Marc Bishop (Pastor of St. Camillus)
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Br. Jim Peterson (Chancery of Archdiocese of Boston)
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All donations help defray the costs of running the conference. Encounter Ministries is a 501c3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible. A receipt for your donation, will be sent to you for your tax records.


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