What does a 5 Keys to Freedom in Christ/UNBOUND session cost?
Although healing, deliverance, and freedom in Christ are invaluable, and the time and money we’ve invested training for and serving in the ministry is high, prayer sessions are done with nothing payable up front. You will need to get a copy of Unbound to prepare for your session, which is for sale at the St. Dominic’s office for $15 including tax and shipping. The suggested donation for a session is $85, which is much needed to cover the costs of training prayer ministers, printing and publicity, equipment and supplies, and ongoing team development and advanced training. Since the two-hour session requires two team members to invest up to 4 hours each, and the insights, healing, and deliverance that ensue are typically more valuable than what is received from a 50-minute session with a therapist or masseuse, $85 seems very reasonable, if not low. The parish has asked us to handle the accounting for the ministry, so we accept either cash or checks made out to Chris Smith with “St. Dominic’s – 5 Keys” in the memo line or you can donate to 5 Keys to Freedom in Christ through PayPal. Yet no one is refused a session due to inability to pay. Your being listened to and ministered to respectfully, lovingly, and nonjudgmentally and your freedom are our top priorities, so we welcome whatever amount you are able to donate. At the end of sessions, we also recommend that prayer recipients purchase a $10 CD from us or download a less expensive MP3 from heartofthefather.com and listen within the first week after their session to “Staying Free: The Battle for Our Minds” by Ann Stevens.
Who’s in Charge of the Ministry?
The Holy Spirit is the ministry’s CEO, and Chris Smith is being used as the Team Leader, an UNBOUND Prayer Leader and Trainer, and a Spiritual Director. For more about Chris, click here. Our spiritual advisor is Fr. Augustine Hilander, O.P, Parochial Vicar at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, San Francisco. We have the full blessing and encouragement of Pastor Michael Hurley, O.P., as well as Fr. Isaiah Mary Molano, O.P. and of Pastor Carlos Ortega at St. Aloysius Parish in Point Arena, CA. Our St. Dominic’s 5 Keys to Freedom Core Team is comprised of Chris Smith, Lorelei Low, OCDS, and Fr. Augustine.
Is the Ministry Catholic-approved?
Yes, it’s solidly Catholic! See this video about Unbound with Archibishop Lori of Baltimore.
Is it only for Catholics?
No. Pope Francis urges Catholics to embrace the ecumenical nature of we have in common with other Christians, which is that Jesus is Lord, he died and rose to set us free, and he commissioned his disciples to proclaim the Gospel (summarized in the 5 Keys). In addition, “He gave them authority to cure diseases and to cast out evil spirits” (Luke 10:17). We are all wounded and need to forgive, so let us unite in serving the whole Body of Christ. However, we are a ministry supported by a particular parish, so if we do not have enough availability to serve everyone in individual prayer sessions, we will prioritize St. Dominic’s parishioners. At this time, all of our team members are Catholics.