grace of the Charismatic Renewal was introduced into the region
by brothers and sister after visits to the U.S.A. Some of the early
charismatics were Bishop J Faber MacDonald, Rev. Fr. Gerry Tingley,
Rev. John MacLeod and Archbishop James M. Hayes.
1973, representatives from the existing prayer groups met
in P.E.I., to share what was happening through the Holy Spirit in
the Atlantic Region. As new prayer groups were formed, their representation
was added to this group of leaders who were then known as the 'Atlantic
Region Pastoral Team' of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and before
too long a very large committee existed.
1979, this committee selected from among itself, a four
member pastoral team, called the Atlantic Service Committee, which
was to oversee the services to the Charismatic Renewal and report
twice yearly to an Advisory Board which was made up of members from
the Diocesan Prayer Groups.
Atlantic Service Committee consisted of provincial representation
for the first committee. The members were : Rev. Fr. Gerry Tingley
for Prince Edward Island; Rev. Fr. Phillip Lewis for Newfoundland/Labrador;
Brother Aurele Melanson,c.s.c. for New Brunswick and Rev. Deacon
Richard (Rick) Hartnett for Nova Scotia. This committee planned
and implemented services to the Charismatic Renewal in Atlantic
Canada and represented the region both nationally and internationally
until March of 1983. At this time a new constitution was created
and accepted by the Atlantic Service Committee and the Advisory
new committee still in existence, is officially called
the Atlantic Service Committee and has members who represent each
Diocese in the Atlantic Region, and meets twice annually to carry
out the services to the Atlantic Charismatic Renewal. In 1983. Rev.
Mr. Rick Hartnett was appointed the executive director for the Atlantic
committee adopted a new constitution in April 1990, forming French
and English language sector committees, both with equal rights and
representation. The two committees meet twice yearly, simultaneously,
but at separate linguistic meetings, but join together for Holy
Eucharist, fellowship, and worship, and for sharing of activities
and the passing of items relating to both sectors.
Atlantic Service Committee has been involved in the National
Service Committee (CCRSC) since 1973. It was represented by Rev.
J. Faber MacDonald and Rev. Gerry Tingley. In 1976, the 5C's (Canadian
Catholic Charismatic Communication Committee) was formed. In 1977,
Rev. Mr. Rick Hartnett was appointed as a new Atlantic Region representative
replacing Fr. Gerry Tingley. Rev. J. Faber MacDonald remained a
member until his appointment as Bishop of Grand Falls, Nf., and
Brother Aurele Melanson,c.s.c. was appointed as the French language
member for Atlantic Canada in October 1981.
1988, the French language members of the Canadian
Catholic Charismatic Renewal formed the French language National
Committee, CCRC, Conseil Canadien Renouveau Charismatique, requiring
changes in the 5C's constitution and by-laws,
was agreed that the Atlantic Region membership on the newly
formed committee, C.C.R.S.C., the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services
Canada, be represented by the current Chairperson and the Executive
Committee meets twice yearly in a different region of the country.