What is Holy Spirit 101?
Learn how to unlock the gifts of the Holy Spirit
In this revolutionary course, Catholics learn how to begin operating in the Pauline Charisms of healing, prophecy, discernment of spirits, 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 2-3 day 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.
What is Arise Worship Ministry?
Mission Statement: To train, equip and send into the world members of the faithful to operate in the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the building up of the Church.
Arise Worship Ministry (AWM) seeks to help Catholics understand and utilize the unique power of Christian Baptism and it's vital role in the New Evangelization. Through training, retreats and public events, AWM believes that education & opportunity are the ingredients needed to help transform the Church.
AWM is directed out of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church by Victoria Harris under the supervision of Rev. Michael Forge.
Frequently Asked Questions
is this a book or a program?
Holy Spirit 101 is a curriculum program that individuals, small groups and Parishes can use to better understand the Church's teachings on the charismatic gifts as well as learn guidelines and practical exercises to encourage persons to begin operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
An invaluable resource for pastors and prayer leaders, the program can be read as a book; however, we believe it is best experienced when taught in the classroom or retreat setting.
How can I attend class or retreat?
At the moment, the majority of our classes and retreats are being offered in the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. To see our current course schedule, visit our training page, located [here].
I want to host at 'holy spirit 101' class at my parish. Do I have to be certified to teach? Or can anyone teach?
Thanks for wanting to share this material with your Church! We recommend the following methods for bringing Holy Spirit 101 to your Parish:
Become an Arise Certified Parish: If your pastor agrees, your Parish can easily become an Arise Certified Parish. A Certified Parishes agrees to uphold certain training standards in exchange for full access to Arise teaching resources; such as FREE teacher certification training for up to 5 persons, access to all of our lesson plans, training materials, bulk-order discounts, ability to purchase promotional branding material and more. To inquire about becoming an Arise Certified Parish, please email us [here].
Hire an Arise Certified Instructor: Our certified instructors have been through intensive training and are prepared to deliver the Holy Spirit 101 program as representatives of the Arise Ministry. For a list of these independent contractors, please contact us. To sign up for our Teaching Certification Program, click [here].
Host an Unofficial Class: We understand that it may not be possible to become an Arise Certified Parish and instructor training takes time. While your Parish works towards these goals, you can still host your own, unofficial class. While it may seem obvious, to protect the integrity of the program, we ask that anyone who teaches this course under the name Holy Spirit 101 remain faithful to the teachings as they are presented in the text and be careful to not add or subtract from the material presented. If you have any questions about the material, please feel free to reach out to us. We're happy to answer any questions you may have.
How can I find a certified instructor to teach a class at my parish? and what would that cost?
To inquire about the availability of our certified instructors, please write us [here]. All fees are negotiated with the instructor, who works as an independent contractor. Fees can range from $100 - $600 per 6 week course.
Are there any discounts for purchasing books in bulk?
Yes! We offer bulk pricing on any orders greater than 21 books, and special discounts to Arise Certified Parishes. To learn more, please contact us [here]. For retailers, we offer wholesale pricing with proof of current certificate to re-sell. To learn more, please contact us [here].
Is this a new 'Life in the Spirit' Seminar?
No. 'Life in the Spirit' seminars focus primarily on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The focus of Holy Spirit 101 is to share the reality of the living presence of the Holy Spirit already within them, and provide knowledge 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").