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  • Advent Prayer Retreat

    Title:  "Drawing Closer to the Heart of God"

    Speaker: Rev. Owen Lovejoy

    Date: December 6-7

     


  • OSL Mountain Chapter

    "The Healing Miracles of Jesus" study

    Dates & Times

    Saturday, February 22 (9am - 2pm)
    Saturday, February 29 (9am - 2pm)
    Saturday, March 7 (9am - 2pm)
    Saturday, March 14 (Optional) (9am - 2pm)

    Place:

    Grace Episcopal Church
    871 Merrimon Ave.

    Asheville, NC 28804

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Monica Lester

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Monica is originally from Missouri. She was introduced to Christianity by her amazingly faithful mother, who attended a Pentecostal church. Monica attended church with her mother during the early years of her life.  However, after marrying and leaving Missouri at the young age of 17, Monica’s spiritual life joined that of her husbands and thus, it became one of studying various world religions.  This journey led to stepping off the familiar path of Christianity, as they entered the study and practice of the New Age Movement.  However, after years of daily prayers being prayed for Monica by her faithful mother, Monica made a decision and set out to “Find Jesus.”  This led to ending the marriage of her youth, and starting on her own Spiritual Journey.  This was in 2003, and she was 38 at the time.

Monica was baptized in a Southern Baptist church, which she attended for a year. She then began attending an Episcopal church and joined that church in 2004.  She has worshipped with her dear friends in the Methodist church as well. Still, with much fervor and dedication, Monica continued to study Christianity. As she repented and desired to be set free from her past sins, she received much needed healing from a healing prayer ministry from a local church where she lived in Florida at the time, through their deliverance ministry.  Monica was immediately drawn to the Healing Ministry offered at her church, as she is a Licensed Practical Nurse and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science.  Her pastor recommended her to the churches healing prayer ministry--The Order of St. Luke the Physician, ecumenical healing ministry. She went through their training and has served as a Healing Prayer Minister since 2006.

Monica and her wonderful husband Daniel were married in 2005, and between them have seven children.  They purchased a home in the Burnsville area in 2006.  Their faith journey together, led them to join the Catholic Church which, they entered in 2014. They moved permanently to their home here in the mountains in 2016, where they attend Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  Monica is now 54 and has attended numerous trainings in the faith, especially in the area of healing prayer ministry and pastoral care.  Monica received her certification as a spiritual director from the Cenacle of our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality in association with the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. She works with the Ignatian exercises and leads retreats.  She is an Advanced Life Coach, and is currently undergoing Unbound Healing Prayer Facilitator Training.

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