2014 Charismatic Conference


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Speaker Biographies

Father Bill Halbing

He has been our guest speaker once before in year 2005 and we welcome him back to the Annual Conference for the DCCR!

Father Bill Halbing is passionate about biblical/scriptural exegesis.  He is well known for his rare teachings of in depth, line-by-line Bible Studies, taking you into the deepest riches of the Sacred Scriptures.  His animated and inspiring teachings keep you personally attentive to what God is saying as he reveals hidden mysteries and treasures that lay beneath His Precious Words. 

 The Lord called Father Bill at a young age to know Him through His Word.  Since then he has been studying the Sacred Scriptures for the past 36 years.  Father Bill attended Immaculate Conception Seminary in Mahwah, NJ, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark on October 30, 1982. He holds an M-Div and an MA in Jewish-Christian Studies as well as a BA in Spanish from Seton Hall University.

Father Bill has been in the Charismatic Renewal since 1975 and is a much sought after Bible teacher and preacher.  He has been a guest speaker at national charismatic conferences throughout the United States, Canada, Guyana, Philippines and Eastern Europe preaching the Word of God with enthusiasm and humor! Check him out on GodsWordAliveToday.org.

 Fr. John A. Gallagher

International evangelizer and motivational speaker, Fr. John Gallagher has inspired and continues to inspire the faithful on both sides of the Atlantic with his inimitable and empowering way of delivering and spreading the message of Christ. Respected among religious and entertainment personalities for his unique talents and extraordinary charisma, Fr. John has organized and conducted numerous conferences and retreats drawing large audiences.  Additionally, he has demonstrated strong leadership in the direction and governance of a wide variety of church initiatives involving scholastic activities as well as entertainment endeavors predominately in TV and radio.

Always moving forward in his mission to tell the ‘greatest story’ ever, Fr. John established Lazarus Renewal Ministries, in response to the call of Blessed Pope John Paul II who in his 1999 Letter to Artists summoned them to “…search for new “epiphanies” of beauty . . . so that through their creative work as artists . . . They may offer these as gifts to the world.”

Continuing the journey, Fr. John co-founded Catholic Foundation for the Arts to answer the call of the Holy Fathers, Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for “Engaging the culture through the arts to promote the new evangelization.”

Many are the endeavors of the Catholic Foundation for the Arts and many from the Church’s hierarchy and diplomatic core, as well as the media and entertainment/artistic world are enthusiastically associated with the organization’s scope and plans.

Fr. John is known in the USA and abroad for his dedication, love of the gospels, empowering sermons, passion for renewal and his special brand of contemporary cutting-edge ventures, which continue to honor allegiance to the Will of the Father to instill knowledge and hunger for the Lord in the hearts of the multi-generational flock he administers. In emulating his Savior, Fr. Gallagher’s goal is to multiply his activities like the loaves and fish.



Father Eugene W. Pathe

Liaison to Bishop Parkes for the Charismatic Renewal in our Diocese his priesthood spans 57 years and counting.
Born in Sheffield, England, Fr. Eugene W. Pathe was educated first by the Sisters of Mercy, then the De La Salle Brothers, and finally at St. Cuthbert’s Seminary in Durham. Fr. Pathe was ordained for the Diocese of Leeds on July 22, 1956 in his home parish of St. Patrick’s Sheffield. Following his ordination, Fr. Pathe attended Cambridge University and spent the next several years teaching. In 1992, he moved to the United States. Since his arrival, he has been appointed to St. Mary Catholic Church in Pensacola, St. Mary’s Parish in Fort Walton Beach, and Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Niceville. Although Fr. Pathe is now retired, he continues to lead numerous retreats, seminars, clergy days of recollection, renewal days, and workshops. He celebrates masses around our diocese which include special prayers for healing.


Bishop Parkes

Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes,  Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese

Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes was ordained and installed as the Fifth Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, and appointed to the position by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, on March 20, 2012.He attended Florida State University and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary and was ordained a priest of the Orlando diocese. The DCCR welcomes him and we are blessed that he has accepted the invitation to join us once again on Sunday of the conference.

Bishop Parkes, 48, was born in Mineola, NY. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University. Prior to entering the seminary he worked in the banking industry in Tampa, Florida. He attended St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida from 1993-1996 and the Pontifical North American College in the Vatican City State from 1996-2000. He holds a Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University (1998) and a Canon Law (J.C.L.) degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University (2000).
He was ordained a priest of the Orlando diocese by Bishop Norbert Dorsey on June 26, 1999.

Bishop Parkes has two brothers, Christopher, and Father Stephen Parkes, a priest of the Diocese of Orlando. The Parkes’ parents are deceased. Bishop Parkes succeeded Most Rev. John H. Ricard, SSJ, as Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee.


Fr. Will Ganci

Fr. Will Ganci was born and raised in Seminole, FL where his parents still live. Three of his four sisters live there too with one living in Baltimore, MD. He has 12 niece/nephews. He attended Blessed Sacrament School and graduated from Seminole High School in 1999. After attending St. Petersburg Jr. College he transferred and graduated from FSU in 2003. He then entered St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach and graduated in 2009. He was ordained to the diaconate in 2008 and to priesthood in 2009. His first assignment was at Good Shepherd Parish in Tallahassee and he served as the Vocations Director from 2010 to 2013. Fr. Will is currently the parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Ft. Walton Beach and is looking forward to being in the midst of Youth full of the Holy Spirit!





Survey Results Summary

What did you like the most about this conference?


Called to Hope in the Lord Jesus. The people I met, the music and song. The talks to be open to all that the Lord Jesus has for me. To trust in God and remember that he is with all of us all the time.

I have begun to use my prayer language/tongues again.


Having the 3 priests as speakers! It is power in the Holy Spirit!


The workshop on tongues, prophecy, etc.


The three powerful dynamic and holy priests gave great presentations with God’s Word and God’s Healing! Loved the last song “Oh, how He loves us so.”


The speakers, prayer teams, choir and lunch on Saturday.


The priests were awesome. Love the praise & worship. The dancing was fun and the bookstore was great too.


I am a shy person and love to “blend into the wallpaper.” The setting lets me feel free to be myself and comfortable with the wonderful people who attend. To Praise and Worship!


Healing over the phone. Procession of the Blessed Sacrament


The speakers! Both Fr. Gallagher and Fr. Halbing were dynamic and spirit-filled speakers with a message the Church needs to hear. Of course, Fr. Pathe was his usual wonderful, inspiring self. Music was heavenly!


Great dynamic speakers- speaking the truth and drawing us to walk with God in a closer union and greater capacity.


The incredible Power of the Holy Spirit moving throughout and the “Fisher of Men” that brought “Him” to us.  Growing in the Spirit with each other and seeing miracles happening all around us- even those away who we prayed for.


Improve anything? God and His actions cannot be improved on. All was just as it should be.


Praise God, Amen!


The Healing session Saturday night. Class on discernment.


The joy of the people, music and speakers.


Both guest speakers were so dynamic and entertaining yet extraordinarily spiritual at the same time!


Fr. Pathe’s engagement and homily. Thank you for providing child care.




Outstanding speakers! Procession of the Blessed Sacrament!


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