Myles’ vision for New Dawn is to bring together all the riches of the Catholic Faith. He comments, “I want the beauty of the Church to be seen in all her splendour. The Church with all its lights on and all its aspects celebrated – the charismatic, the liturgical, the Marian, the Eucharistic, the Sacramental, the Mystical – and for the whole family to be there.” “For me New Dawn is a foretaste of what a charismatic village might be with its own life and identity, where people of all ages can relate to each other in love and where the structure facilitates the Kingdom of God and can be made visible in the lives of people. It’s an embodiment of the vision of Zechariah 8:4-7. ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts; old men and women, each with staff in hand because of old age, shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem. The city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in her streets. Thus says the Lord of hosts. Even if this should seem impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people, shall it in those days be impossible in my eyes also, says the Lord of hosts?'” “I am convinced that in the near future we are going to see the Lord acting in a much more remarkable way – that something new is coming. I relate this to a word I received in 1973 soon after I first came into Charismatic Renewal. I was marvelling at what I saw God doing and I felt him say ‘You will see the day when I will bring people tumbling in to my Church’ I think we are going through a time of cleansing and purification at the moment, like Gideon’s army. But this is so we will be able to receive a much more mighty grace. I feel we must get new wineskins ready for this – get the right structures in place.”
Myles Arrives in Mongu Diocese
New Dawn, the other big Catholic Charismatic conference in England has spread to Africa. There have already been three New Dawn conferences run by the Ahuiire Community in Mbarara in Uganda. The first Ugandan New Dawn conference attracted 6,000 people and the second, 16,000 and the third, which took place in January this year, attracted 35,000 people. Seventy thousand are expected for next year’s January conference which took place 12th-15th January 2006. At the end of April this in 2006 founder Myles Dempsey travelled to Zambia at the invitation of Fr. Patrick Cashin, to discuss the possibility of having a New Dawn conference in the Western province of the country with one of the bishops (Bishop Paul Francis Duffy, OMI) who was very keen for one to happen in his diocese. To his amazement when Myles arrived he found himself being greeted by New Dawn banners, and being ferried round to a whole series of impromptu “New Dawn events”, where he ended up praying with people for 5 hours at a time. He comments, “It was like the Acts of the Apostles, when Philip went to Samaria. I have never seen anything like it – particularly all the evil spirits that seemed to come out of people.” He was accompanied by Josa Horta-Costa, a leader from the CCR in Portugal. Myles the founder was able start the New Dawn Conference in Zambia since then every year the Catholic Diocese of Mongu has been able to hold New Dawn conferences attracting up to 4,000 people. The last year’s New Dawn conference took place in the month of August, 2012. It was carried live on Oblate Radio Liseli catering for more than 20,000 people across Western Province.
The Work of God is going on well. Blessed are all his servants.