FATHER RICHARD MCALEAR
Father McAlear, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, entered the religious order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1960. He studied in Rome, and was ordained there in 1970, after receiving degrees in Philosophy and Theology. He returned to the Unit4ed Stat4es, where he taught high school and received another degree in religious Education.
In 1972, Father McAlear became involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and he entered into the healing ministry in 1976. His ministry and work have brought him to every part of the Unit4ed States, Asia, South America, Canada, Australia, New Guinea, Guatemala, Italy, France, Portugal, and Scotland.
Father McAlear has been a member of the Association of Christian Therapists since 1977, and is a past director of Our Lady of Hope Center in Newsburg, NY. His charismatic work included healing prayer along with a strong outreach for the poor and needy in that area. Father McAlear was subsequently appointed as the Vocation Director for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. In this capacity he was stationed in Washington, D.C. where for ten years, he recruited young men for the priesthood. He is now assigned to devote himself full time to teaching and the healing ministry.
JUAN PABLO OROZCO
I was born in the beautiful city of Guadalajara, Mexico. I was raised in a very Catholic, and active in the Charismatic Renewal, family. From my earliest years I was taught how to pray, and to love Jesus and Mary. I had a really blessed childhood. I was a very happy child. I had the perfect dad, and the most loving mom I could ever ask for. In Mexico the extended family would always come together, the cousins, uncles, and all, would come together on Saturdays for family time. However, as a young boy I was not aware of the economic struggles my parents were going through and when the news of our family moving to the U.S. came out, I was not very happy. It was as if God had purposely decided to take me away from my beloved family, friends, and school in order to throw me into a place I didn’t want to go, a place completely foreign to me (foreign culture, foreign language).
I was 12 years old when I moved to Conroe, Texas. It took me some years to adapt to the new lifestyle that came to my life. I was never really happy until I had my first encounter with the Lord, who opened my eyes tat the age of 16 and led me into understanding my life better. I began healing and growing as a person. It was at this age that I had my first retreat. However, I never joined a community to grow in Christ, and consequently my faith was cooled down. When I started going to college, greater temptation came into my life, which I slowly fell into. I began a life of college partying, and even doubting everything I had once believed. However, I discovered that I was feeling really empty inside and that nothing could fill me up.
One day, at the age of 19, at a powerful charismatic prayer meeting at my parish, I was healed from various diseases, sports injuries, and also from a deep depression. After I decided to give my life completely to Jesus, I told Him I wanted to be His disciple and preach who He is to the world. It was incredible. I literally felt a warm hand touch my back during the prayer, and so I turned around to see if there was anyone behind me and when I discovered that there wasn’t anyone there I collapsed on my knees and cried out to the Lord, knowing it was He who was touching me.
SInce then I decided to get some information and start serving. The Lord has been really merciful to me, allowing me to serve in many different ministries: leading worship, healing prayers, prophetic intercession, deliverance, helping in many retreats, preaching, helping out at youth events, writing worship songs, and I have gotten the opportunity to play at concerts at different times, which I am forever thankful for. I’ve been blessed to preach and see God do marvels in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, France, Spain, in Poland, and other countries. Our Father in heaven has provided for me in all these things.
Praise God that other people would allow a person like me to lead such a thing!
I have felt a call to give myself to God. I joined the Companions of the Cross in 2013. After completing a degree in Philosophy, I am now studying theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. I love the studies in Seminary. I have grown and learned so much in these powerful years.