Among the many speakers, priests, nuns, deacons and lay people at the National Leaders and Ministries Conference, Bishop Sam Jacobs shone like a beacon and stood out as a guiding paternal shepherd. He was impressive yet surprisingly approachable throughout the weekend. The gifts, such as tongues, prophecy, healing etc., were abundant and flowing this weekend during all parts of Mass, praise, prayer, teachings and fellowship. We were all floating on clouds of joy and peace as the Spirit descended upon us. You can't get better than that!
Bishop Sam gave testimony during his homily to all of us urging us "not to give in to despair or weariness but to trust God and be available when the Holy Spirit calls". He not only speaks his testimony but lives it as an amazing Charismatic leader. You may visit his website at www.spiritaflame.org.
Bishop Sam Jacobs was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lafayette in 1964 where he served as pastor, chaplain, and associate pastor of several parishes there and also in the Diocese of Lake Charles. He has served as chairman of the National Service Committee for the Charismatic Renewal and diocesan director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Diocese of Lake Charles. Bishop Jacobs was appointed the tenth bishop of Alexandria in 1989 and was installed as the third bishop of Houma-Thibodaux in 2003. He retired in October of 2013 and is now the bishop emeritus of Houma-Thibodaux. He celebrated 50 years of priesthood on June 6, 2014, and marked 25 years of episcopacy on August 24, 2014.