The annual Catholic Charismatic Conference, “The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength,” was celebrated April 6 at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Media, where approximately 400 joyful Catholic Charismatics converged. The day-long event both began and ended with Mass. Msgr. Ralph Chieffo, pastor of St. Mary Magdalen, celebrated the opening 8:30 a.m. Mass and the closing Mass at 5:30 p.m., the vigil for Divine Mercy Sunday. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Maria T. Aloia (left) from St. Matthew Parish in Conshohocken and Joan Clifford from Epiphany of Our Lord in Plymouth Meeting raise their voices during Mass at the end of a full day of worship.
Mary Zucchelli from St. Bernadette Parish in Drexel Hill prays with fellow worshipers at the closing Mass for the Charismatic Conference.
Martha’s House provided music for the Masses at the conference.
Valerie Mitchell from Our Lady of Grace Parish in Penndel joyfully plays her tambourine.
Msgr. Ralph Chieffo prepares to proclaim the Gospel.
Jean McCollum traveled from St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Lancaster to attend the Charismatic Catholic conference.
Norman and Irene Kerner from Immaculate Conception Parish in Levittown praise the Lord during Mass at the closing of the Charismatic Conference in Media.
Gloria Coyne (center), an organizer for the Catholic Charismatic Conference and Kathleen McCarthy (right), one of the day’s speakers, pray together during the closing Mass.