Encounter School of Ministry, Ottawa Campus

Ottawa Campus draws from the richness of our Catholic heritage as we seek to teach, equip, and activate disciples to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in their spheres of influence. In conformity with the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church, we offer students an in-person, dynamic 2-year training program designed to take you to the next level in your ministry.

Teach | Equip | Activate Disciples  

Are you ready to bring the promises of heaven to the problems of earth?

Come learn with us this Fall at the Ottawa Encounter School of Ministry.

“Jesus calls us to a supernatural lifestyle of faith, which demonstrates the goodness of God. If you know in your heart that Jesus didn’t die for a powerless Church, and you’re looking for the MORE promised by God, then the Encounter School of Ministry is going to radically renew your mind and transform your life.”

~Patrick Reis, Co-Founder of Encounter Ministries, Executive Director

“The Encounter School of ministry is a part-time two year training school for disciples who believe that God calls Christians to demonstrate supernatural love and ministry in the marketplace and in their families.”

~Fr. Mathias Thelen, Co-Founder of Encounter Ministries, President


What’s available after school?

Please contact esmoc_alumni@servantsofthecross.ca for more information. 

Calling all ESM Alumni! Join us for worship and small groups during Encounter School. We want to support your kingdom dreams as well as build community with other Encounter Students.

I was moved by something said tonight during the teaching. I know we are seated with God in heavenly places, but I never thought of just sitting down and talkin’ to him. I mean, I always talk to him, but I never thought of sitting beside him in heaven and talking to him. When we did this exercise, that’s what I did this time. I said, “Ok, Lord, tell me what you want to say.” I often ask him that, but I always would talk from earth to heaven rather than heaven down. Pauline Y.

At our Holy Spirit night, I just felt that God was proud. I heard him say to my heart, “I’m so proud that you are stepping out. I’m so proud that you are trying new things.” Christine B.

There was some underlying bitterness of things in the past. Not just bitterness, but I thought I had failed in some ways. And so, I thought that could hold me back from embracing and stepping into what God has for me now. As we were doing the declarations and listening to the talks, I sensed some of those lies that kept me in that place were set aside. And the encouragement I heard from God was he was never disappointed in me. He encouraged me to keep taking risks. I had a sense of my mindset turning from mourning to joy. I declare that I have joy and I am free to keep taking risks and that God has more for me. Chloe C.

I was talking with a friend this week. She has a heart problem and had an operation in the spring. I asked if she wanted me to pray for her and she said yes. I don’t know, it took maybe one or two minutes. Then she goes, “Wow! I never heard you pray that way before!” Louise I.

I asked for the prayer of miracles. When they came and prayed over me, I rested in the Spirit. I was sobbing, like it keeps coming out. I never experienced that before. I went to the second year students for prayer after that, and I said I don’t know what has happened. I could see something black coming out of me and I’ve been in faith since I was 18 years old, and I thought, how could I have something like that? The prayer leader said, “When I pray over people, I always ask the Lord to remove obstacles.” So that’s lesson number one, start with removing obstacles before asking everything. After that, they prayed over me, and the person was so joyful and said, “I see the power of God. The power of God is coming. Caroline, the Lord is sending you roses from heaven. Not a little bit of roses. A lot of roses are coming with you and there is so much power.” Something was removed. And I was open to receive something new. I feel really loved. And also, I lost my sense of humour and I never really laughed. It takes a lot to make me laugh. This week, I was with Anne and she came checking my garden. I laughed so much. I think I got something that I lost for a long time in addition! Caroline D.

At our Holy Spirit night, at first I didn’t really experience anything. But I went to different people, and I started experiencing joy and peace and God’s love. And also heat went through my body. In this first quarter, God’s getting it into my heart that I am his child and we are friends, and I don’t have to earn anything. Meagan M.

I’m very performance oriented – it’s got to be good. When the activations started this evening, I got anxious! And God spoke right into that, “Lady, it’s not about you!” (delivered with a smile and a laugh) Odette R.

Recently, we were praying for miracles, and I prayed for a miracle for myself. I want to testify that I got a miracle. About 5 months ago, I started having tremendous mouth pain. I didn’t know what it was. Doctors didn’t know what it was. It kept getting worse and worse. I was having trouble eating. I was having trouble talking. And I like to talk and I like to eat. And both of those things were making me miserable. But I sensed that the Lord wanted me to pray for a miracle the night of the Holy Spirit prayers. One of the second year students was praying over me, and I just had this sense to just stand there and pray in tongues. Normally, that would cause me a great bit of discomfort. But I had no discomfort. As the days wore on, my mouth felt better and better. For me, God’s overwhelming love was just the icing on the cake. We went to visit my daughter in Louisiana. I don’t know if you know, but Louisiana cooking is very spicy. Very hot. Very Spicy. And my son-in-law is a wonderful cook. So I was just begging God – I just really wanted to be able to enjoy the food down there. I ate hot, spicy, burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth kind of food. No pain. No inflammation. Nothing. I’ve been able to talk and eat. Sue A.

Archbishop Marcel Damphousse Approval


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