CCRC (Catholic Charismatic Renewal Council, Toronto)
The CCR started in 1969 in Toronto and in the initial stages leaders came together under the name of ACST. In 1970, the first prayer group met in a house and when the number of members increased it moved to Holy Rosary Church in Toronto. Over the years, as the number of prayer groups grew Sister Catherine Hollinger was invited to help train leaders. Prayers groups were then divided into zones and the CCRC was formed.
Prompted by the Holy Spirit and faithful to the teachings service that facilitates, educates, promotes with activities and resources the growth and development of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal throughout the Catholic Communities of Metropolitan Toronto as well as the Regional Municipalities of York, Peel, a portion of Durham as well as the County of Simcoe, a portion of the County of Dufferin and the Town of Orangeville.
The CCRC stresses the Lordship of Jesus through:

  • Promoting Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  • Life in The Spirit Seminars
  • The Holy Eucharistic Devotions
  • Healing Services
  • Evangelization
  • Devotional Workshops
  • Special Rallies and Conferences

Office of the CCRC
The office of the CCRC comprises of the Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Liaison and his Assistant to the Bishop, Associate Liaison and his Assistant who form the Executive Committee.
The CCRC provides support to all the Catholic prayer groups, ethnic communities and the youth. The GTA is divided into seven zone areas covering the GTA, nine ethnic community groups and one youth group. Representatives from each of the zones, community groups and the youth form the Council who are referred to as Councillors.
The CCRC has a constitution that outlines the vision, mission and operation of the CCRC. The CCRC meets every two months or as needed.

Our Constitution - (TO BE AMENDED)

I. Name

The name of this association is: Catholic Charismatic Renewal Council

II. Mission Statement

Prompted by the Holy Spirit and faithful to the teachings of Catholic Church in harmony with the local Pastoral programs, the CCRC offers a service that facilitates, educates, promotes with activities and resources the growth and development of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal throughout the Catholic Communities of Metropolitan Toronto as well as the Regional Municipalities of York, Peel, a portion of Durham as well as the County of Simcoe, a portion of the County of Dufferin and the Town of Orangeville.

III. Definitions

a) The CCRC is a service body created by the coordinating committees to attend to the needs and activities of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the general area of Toronto and vicinity.
b) The Coordinating Committees are associations of several Catholic Charismatic Groups in the same geographic zone or with common characteristics such as ethnic groups, Ministries and Communities or Youth Groups that come together sharing resources and cooperating with each other to better serve the Church through the Charismatic Renewal in their milieu.
c) In 2006 there are 12 such Coordinating Committees:

East & Scarborough
Toronto Centre
Toronto West
North Peel and Dufferin

Others (French, Chinese, Korean, Tamil...)
Youth: CYS and other youth groups affiliated with Charismatic groups. Ministries and Communities.

d) Liaison: A Priest, Deacon or Religious, appointed by the Archbishop of Toronto to be the communication link between the Archbishop and the Charismatic Renewal at large. As such, the Liaison participates in the meetings and activities of the CCRC, the Coordinating Committees and the Catholic Charismatic groups as spiritual advisor and mentor in "ex-officio". The Liaison may have an assistant
e) Spiritual advisor: A Priest, Deacon or Religious approved by the Archbishop of Toronto or one of his auxiliary bishops or pastors to give spiritual guidance.
-The Liaison, the assistant Liaison and the Spiritual advisors are not temporal leaders or directors of these groups.
f) Charismatic Group: A Catholic group characterized by the evidence and use of some of the "Charismatic Gifts" and the "Effusion of the Holy Spirit "generally through the "Life in the Spirit Seminars".

IV. Objectives

1. Conversion, personal and ongoing, to our Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Sanctification through an openness to and receptivity of the Holy Spirit through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
3. Edification or the building up of the Church through the spiritual gifts or charismata.
4. Evangelization of nominal and faithful Catholics, as well as non-believers.
5. Integration of the charismatic gifts and participation in the pastoral life of the Church.
6. Promotion and provision of leadership formation and educational opportunities within the Charismatic Renewal and in the Church.
7. Serve as a pool of resources to the prayer groups in providing lists of speakers, ministries, groups, books, video and audiotapes and other printed material as well as office, secretarial and administrative services.
8. Fosters unity and collaboration between the charismatic and the institutional arms of the Church Structure in the light of the Vatican II documents and subsequent encyclicals.

V. Structure

1. The CCRC consists of 12 people elected by the respective Coordinating Committees - one per each committee
a) These people are here known as Councilors and serve for a 2 year term with the possibility of re-election for one more consecutive term.
b) These Councilors must be people who are known to be faithful to the Church's teachings, active in their parishes, have a sound formation on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, maintain a good relationship with Church Hierarchy, are approved under the Ontario Screening Initiative and who are willing to commit their time, talent and resources to this call.
2. The Coordinating Committees receive their mandate from the Charismatic groups they represent and are formed by one or two elected members from each of such groups.
3. The CCRC elects its own Executive Committee consisting of the Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and Events Coordinator. The Liaison and his assistant may also sit on the Executive Committee as observers and to provide spiritual guidance. The Executive Committee implements the directives of the Council and carries out the day-to-day operations of the CCRC.
4. All the Council members elected to the executive must choose another member of their co-coordinating committee as an assistant for it's representation on the Council, such assistants are ex-officio members of the Council.
5. The Chairperson must be a member of the Council, the other members of the CCRC Executive Committee may be elected from among the Council members or personnel outside of its membership to fill the required positions. Non-Council members are ex-officio members of the Council. If required, the Council may also appoint other temporary ex-officio members to carry out specific projects or activities of the Council.
6. Groups refer to Charismatic Prayer Groups, Charismatic Ministries and Covenant Communities served by the CCRC. These groups elect people to the Coordinating Committees and the Coordinating Committees each elect their own respective Council member -"Councilor". These groups have their own structure and autonomy.

VI. Functions

1. The CCRC functions as a board of directors and the CCRC Executive Committee as the executive arm, implementing and managing the directives of the CCRC and carrying out its day-today operations.
2. The Coordinating Committees, assisted by their Council representatives, oversees the growth and development of the Charismatic Renewal for their respective regional, ethnic, ministries and communities or youth groups, with the spiritual guidance of a Spiritual Advisor.
3. The members of these Charismatic Renewal groups meet on a regular basis with the spiritual guidance of a Spiritual Advisor and a Core Team and strive to fulfill the objectives of the CCRC at the local or parish level. The CCRC is structured to allow all serviced groups to maintain their particular structure, charism, tradition and legal identity.

VII. Norms

1. Groups serviced by the CCRC are expected to be faithful to the teaching of the Magisterium, to follow the requirements of Canon Law, to adhere to local norms, regulations, and directives. These include suitability for any speaker and clergy from outsite the Archdiocese, financial accountability, and the Ontario Screening Initiative.
a) In a parish setting these matters are subject to the pastor's approval.
b) Outside of the parish, the CCRC, assisted by the Liaison, an auxiliary bishop or the chancery office will assist (if requested) in the procurement and implementation these requirements.
2. All groups that choose to be served by the CCRC are required to complete and file a registration form with the CCRC office and update the information whenever changes occur.
3. Every group served by the CCRC is expected to contribute financially to the CCRC on a free will basis according to its capabilities in order to support its activities, operations and shared resources.

VIII. Meetings

1. The CCRC will meet at least once every three months.
2. The Executive Committee will meet as and when required. (once /month)
3. CCRC Serviced Coordinating Committees will meet at least once every three months.
4. A General Assembly meeting comprising representatives from every CCRC serviced Charismatic Renewal Group will be held every two or three months.
5. For any CCRC meeting a 60% attendance of voting members will be required for major decisions and elections. Decisions will be carried by a simple majority of this quorum.

IX. Service Eligibility

All Catholic Charismatic groups are eligible to be served by the CCRC. Independent Charismatic Renewal groups and interdiocesan associations, when officially recognized by the CCRC may have special cooperative arrangements with CCRC.
To be eligible to be served, each group must:
a) submit a registration form,
b) fulfill the norms of this constitution,
c) participate and serve in CCRC events and activities,
d) strive to fulfill the mission and objectives of the CCRC,
e) Groups that are found to be in contravention of this
constitution are excluded from all services offered by CCRC.

X. Elections of Coordinating Committees

1. Each Coordinating Committee consists of a number of people elected by and from the charismatic groups they represent. Only those so elected can stand for election to the CCRC.
2. Annual elections for the CCRC will be held at the October general meetings of the groups served. The CCRC expects that annual elections for each serviced Coordinating Committee elections will be held no later than the October general meeting.
3. Elected members will serve for up to two years, but may be reelected for one additional two-year term. To allow for continuity only half of the committee or council members should be replaced in anyone year.
4. Once duly elected, no person can be removed from the CCRC during his/her term of office unless by the consensus of 2/3 of the electorate group and its spiritual advisor

XI. Activities

The main thrust of the CCRC activities is to:
For this end, the CCRC organizes and promotes the following activities and events:

  • Catholic Charismatic conferences ( rallies)
  • Formation retreats, workshops and seminars
  • Life in the Spirit Seminars for parishes and other institutions
  • Stewardship meetings, communications and information
  • Ontario screening initiative
  • Collaboration with Archdiocesan events, other lay movements, parish activities and other Catholic Charismatic or interdenominational events.
  • Charismatic Praise, Worship and Intercessory Prayer services.
  • Catholic Liturgies
  • Active participation on the promulgation, protection and defense of Catholic values.
  • Active participation on the ministry of service to the suffering Church.
  • Engagement on programs of Evangelization.
  • Encouragement, prayers and support to the Youth, the Family and Vocations.


1. The CCRC is only responsible for the actions of its 12 member Council and can not be liable for the actions or behaviour of any individual(s) or groups it serves or is associated with.
2. Any Catholic Charismatic Group that meets in a parish property is under the direction and responsibility of the parish Pastor and any speakers and clergy from outside must meet his requirements as per interdiocesan protocol.