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BEFORE & AFTER the RELEASE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT SURVEY RESULTS

The survey was sent to people who had attended a Life in the Spirit Seminar where they experienced the release of the Holy Spirit. They were also attending Charismatic prayer meetings. The questions focused on their spiritual life BEFORE and AFTER the release of the Holy Spirit. Of the 100 people who responded, the survey showed the following results:

1.  The average time spent in the Charismatic Renewal was 10 years.

2.  They were parishioners in 15 churches in many different towns throughout the
     Archdiocese of Hartford:

3. Time spent in daily Prayer:
          Prayer Before                                                   Prayer After
     15% no response                                             10% no response
     20% spent no time                                            0% spends no time
     65% spent 15 min.-1 hour in prayer                  90% spend 30 min.-2 hours in prayer
                                                                               
4. Time spent daily reading the Bible:
           Bible Before                                                        Bible After
    75% spent no time                                           15% spend no time
    25% spent an average of 30 minutes                  85% spend an average of 30 minutes
           
5. How often the person received Eucharist:
      Eucharist Before                                                    Eucharist After
    30% did not receive                                            4% do not receive
    70% received weekly                                         96% receive weekly
     (Out of the 70%, 10% received daily)              (Out of these 96%, 68% receive daily)
            
6. Received the Sacrament of Reconciliation yearly:
     Reconciliation Before                                        Reconciliation After      
   30% never went                                                   15% never go
   45% went 1 to 3 times                                          25% go 1 to 3 times
   25% went 4 or more times                                    60% go 4 or more times

7. When asked if the Fruits of the Spirit (…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,  
     generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Gal.5: 22-23) changed after the  
     release of the Holy Spirit:
                                            10% remained the same
                                            30% increased moderately
                                            60% increased significantly

8. Time spent reading Spiritual books per day:
      Spiritual Books Before                                     Spiritual Books After
    70% spent no time                                            19% spend no time
    30% spent 5 min. to 1 hour                                81% spend 15 min. to 2 hours

9. When asked if their faith increased after the release of the Holy Spirit:
                                             2% remained the same
                                            23% increased moderately
                                            75% increased significantly

10. When asked if the release of the Holy Spirit inspired them to become active in
       their parish’s spiritual or social ministries:
                                             18% answered no or did not respond
                                             82% answered YES

Of those who answered YES, the time spent in the ministries follows:
                                             26% did not enter time spent
                                             40% spent 1-3 hours per week
                                             16% spent 5-10 hours per week

Survey conclusion

All participants experienced a significant change in their spiritual growth though prayer, the sacraments, reading the Bible and Spiritual books, and through service to their parishes.  The Life in the Spirit Seminar and the Charismatic Renewal through the power of the Holy Spirit help strengthen the spiritual growth of individual Catholics.

This survey was prepared by the Charismatic Renewal Office of the Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut and was completed on January 15, 2002. For more information on how the data was collected and compiled please call the Charismatic Renewal at 860-785-3311, send an e-mail to us at .

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