What is Holy Spirit 101?
In this revolutionary course, Catholics learn how to begin operating in the Pauline Charisms of healing, prophecy, deliverance, tongues and more. Combining Church teaching with stories, practical exercises and proven safeguards, Holy Spirit 101 is the perfect source for equipping the faithful to begin stepping out in the supernatural gifts.
The course is intended to be taught over a period of 5-weeks by a trained instructor, or during an intense 3-day weekend retreat. Holy Spirit 101, has been critically studied and was granted the 'nihil obstat' and 'imprimatur', an official declaration approving the teaching material as beneficial for Roman Catholics.
Who is Behind the Arise Worship Ministry at Mary Immaculate?
Arise Worship Ministry is directed by Tori Harris under the supervision of Rev. Michael Forge.
Tori Harris is the primary instructor of the Holy Spirit 101 courses and is presently serving as a council member for the National Service Committee. When not teaching Holy Spirit 101 she travels the country as a [worship leader].
Rev. Forge is the pastor of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in the Diocese of Dallas.
Is this a new 'Life in the Spirit' Seminar?
Not quite. 'Life in the Spirit' seminars focus primarily on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The focus of Holy Spirit 101 is to expose students to the reality of the living presence of the Holy Spirit already within them, and provide knowledge, tools and practical resources to encourage students to begin operating in the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The curriculum operates in devoted obedience to the Roman Catholic Church and teaches only approved theological concepts and prayer techniques. The program is accessible and appropriate for any baptized Christian, regardless of one's prior exposure or familiarity with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Pentecostalism or the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
How did the ministry begin?
The ministry began at New York's Dunwoody Seminary, where founder, Victoria Harris, asked a group of scholars, clergy and Church leaders, "What if we could prototype a course, where one could teach Catholics, in a classroom setting, how to use, operate and mature in the gifts of the Holy Spirit?"
Father Michael Forge, of the Diocese of Dallas, generously invited Harris to Mary Immaculate Church in Farmers Branch, Texas, and permitted Harris to research and prototype the curriculum, while under the supervision of the Diocese. Harris began assimilating the collective teachings of the Church on the charismatic dimension of the faith and "practicums" (exercises) were developed as practical tools which would allow an individual to practice specific gifts. In August of that year, Harris was permitted to test the efficacy of the program on a group of 40 students from various backgrounds and experiences with the Holy Spirit - and the results were astonishing. By the end of the 5-week program, nearly every student was operating, to some degree, in the supernatural gifts. These same dramatic results have continued in each class that has followed the guidelines set forth in the program.
On February 16, 2016 the text received from the Catholic Church the highest approval and endorsement available to a curriculum: The nihil obstat (meaning the work is "without error") and the imprimatur (an endorsement from the bishop declaring "Let it be printed").