Current Speakers

Sr. Linda Koontz & Maria Vadia


SR. LINDA KOONTZ • Speaker, Evangelist, Juarez Mexico and
MARIA VADIA • Charismatic Speaker & Author, Florida

Friday, September 22, 2017
Open to men and women!
Registration: 5:30pm
Meal: 6–9pm
Cost $20
Northern Lights Casino, Walker, MN

**A block of rooms has been reserved for Magnificat at a special rate of $80.00.
Up to 4 in a room. Call to reserve your room!**

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Registration: 8:30am
Retreat: 9am–3:30pm
Cost $25
Northern Lights Casino, Walker, MN

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KoontzI was greatly inspired by the Sisters of the Holy Names as I attended St. Aloysius grade school and Holy Names Academy in Spokane, Washington. I finished the second half of my junior year at Immaculate Heart Academy in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and graduated from there.

I followed my desire to serve God by entering the congregation at Marylhurst, Oregon in 1960. Upon graduation from Fort Wright College, I taught school at Sacred Heart and St. Francis in Spokane and at Immaculate in Seattle, Washington. In 1971 I was released from full time teaching to serve in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

1977 was a life-changing year. I was invited to El Paso, Texas to take part in an evangelization program among the poorest of the poor in Juarez, Mexico. Upon the invitation of Fr. Rick Thomas, S.J. I joined with his community in full time service to the poor in the hills of Juarez, Mexico.

In 1986 I founded Spirit of The Lord International Mission, an outreach to the poor, in Juarez, Mexico as well as the Caribbean and other parts of the world.

In Juarez, Mexico the mission has changed lives by providing education for the poorest children. We have built houses for those who lived in cardboard shacks and have provided food, medicine, and care for families. The focus of Spirit of The Lord International Mission is evangelization: bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the World. I have been privileged to serve in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal as a preacher and teacher around the world and in every state of the United States.

I am sincerely grateful to be a part of the Sisters of The Holy Names of Jesus and Mary whose mission is to minister to the poor.



mariaBorn in Havana, Cuba, Maria Vadia was 10 years old when she and her family fled to Miami, Florida to escape the communist regime in her native country. She attended Catholic schools and was a “Sunday” Catholic with no personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Later married to a wealthy man, she was gripped by materialism; yet in the midst of everything the world could offer, she knew that something was missing. Maria was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1987 and consecrated her life to the Lord Jesus Christ and to the preaching of the Gospel. In spite of great adversity, the Lord has been with her like a “mighty warrior” (Jeremiah 20:11).

Maria is active in the “Catholic Charismatic Renewal” of the Archdiocese of Miami and has spoken at many charismatic conferences. She is founder of the “Jesus is Lord” chapter of Magnificat in Miami, and a member of the Advisory Board of Magnificat, International, a ministry for Catholic Women. She has traveled around America, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Mexico, Malta, Ghana, Nicaragua, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Canada and India, bringing a message of faith, salvation and healing. She ministers the Word to various prayer groups, including “The King Jesus Prayer Group” which she has faithfully led since 1992, as well as at the Miami Women’s Detention Center and Genesis House, a home for the homeless with AIDS (presently closed). Maria leads a weekly bible class, “Healing Through The Word,” in her parish of St. Louis Catholic Church.

She has authored seven books; “There’s Power In Your Tongue”(available in English and Spanish), “Pressing On In The Spirit”, “An Arrow In His Hand” “Break Open Your Wells”, “Healing is For You!” Victory in the Eye Gate” and her latest, No More Orphans!”
Maria is the mother of four: Ricky, Victor, Eddy and Rosario.


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