Ministry of Deliverance

The purpose of the ministry of deliverance is to help individuals in need with healing and deliverance with prayers. Under church law, which called Canon Law, only those priests who get permission from their bishops can perform an exorcism after proper training. Solemn exorcisms, according to the Canon law of the church, can be exercised only by an ordained priest, with the express permission of the local bishop, and only after a careful medical examination to exclude the possibility of mental illness.

At Baptism, the rite of exorcism is performed in a very simple form. During the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process to become a Roman Catholic, the unbaptized candidates undergo a series of three rites each individually called “a scrutiny” where the candidates reflect on their lives and the priest performs a simple form of exorcism during these rites.

Often receiving the sacrament of penance is much more powerful than an exorcism. Prayer and the reception of the Eucharist at Mass are other effective, preventative measures to keep evil away and stay in a state of grace and communion with our God.

Individuals, within the Diocese of San Jose who are seeking help should first contact their local parish priest to help them discern their individual situation. Click here for your nearest parish.

The Rite

The Rite, a book by Matt Baglio follows Rev. Gary Thomas, a priest in the diocese of San Jose, Calif.  through the latter’s training to become an exorcist in this incisive look at the church’s long-standing rite of exorcism and its continued application as a healing ministry in the contemporary church.  Father Gary participated in this training at the express request of Bishop McGrath in response to a Vatican mandate to US Bishops to reinvigorate the rite and its use in the United States.  Father Gary studied and apprenticed under an experienced practitioner in Rome while he was finishing his sabbatical before joining Sacred Heart as pastor.  He has been acting in this official capacity since he returned to the US.

Newline Warner Bros is producing a film adapted from the book, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, released on January 28, 2011.

KTVU Posted January 24, 2011 – South Bay Exorcist’s Life Depicted In New Film

CNN’s Tom Foreman interviews Father Gary on Exorcism and the 2011 movie “The Rite”,
click here for the article and view the video.

Pilot Catholic News Posted Monday March 14, 2011 written by – ‘The Rite’ is a reminder that the devil exists, Vatican newspaper says.