Endorsements & Testimonies
Bishop Gerard L. Frey
Father Bertrand’s program is based on the recommendations of the world’s bishops gathered at the Second Vatican Council. Come, Lord Jesus! will bring you closer to God, help you talk to him in prayer, enrich your reading of Scripture and move you to share the treasure of your faith with others.” ….”I am certain that the main reason for the extraordinary power of the Come, Lord Jesus! program is its ability to form and strengthen communities in Christian love.
Archbishop Harry J. Flynn
Come, Lord Jesus! gives a plan, an outline, and a method of coming into a strong and vibrant way of drawing closer to Jesus Christ. I am happy to commend this program to you, and I recommend that you study the volume and follow the directions of the method. Let your hearts be open to all the possible ways of growing in the love of God through this beautiful Come, Lord Jesus! program.
Bishop Jude Speyrer
“It is my wish that Come, Lord Jesus! groups be established everywhere, in every parish. I encourage parish priests to support and welcome their formation. No one thirsting for God and His grace should lack the opportunity Come, Lord Jesus! offers.”
Bishop Edward J. O’Donnell
I want you to know that I deeply respect both you, Father Bertrand, and the program. I think it is Scripturally-oriented, eminently orthodox, full of common sense, and at the same time deeply spiritual…Participation in the Come, Lord Jesus! program has been found to be of great spiritual advantage to many of our people, and I encourage more and more people and parishes to become involved.
Bishop Douglas Deshotel
program has been a success throughout the Diocese of Lafayette. Reflection and
prayer with the Sacred Scriptures brings the revelation of God into our daily lives.
St. Jerome tells us, “He who is ignorant of the Scriptures is ignorant of Jesus
Christ”. May all who take advantage of this program grow in union with Christ the
I want you to know that it was being in a Come, Lord Jesus! group that spurred my realizations that I was being called to the priesthood.
I witnessed this beautiful group of people, all sharing, praying for and with each other and reflecting on God’s word. Each person giving their own interpretation of scripture helped me to open my mind and my heart. It allowed me to experience the teachings of the Bible from others’ perspectives, and not just my own.
The Come, Lord Jesus! program has helped me to learn more about our Lord and thel ove he has for all of us. It feeds us with the knowledge and confidence to go out as the disciples did and spread his word. Thank you, Father Conley for saying “YES” not only to the priesthood but to God’s plan for Come, Lord Jesus!
The final step of Come, Lord Jesus! is the actual Sunday Mass when I hear the priest’s interpretation of our reading. These three steps: (1) Individual Study (2) Group study and discussion and (3) Our Priest’s sermon on the word truly give me a deeper understanding of the Bible and how Bible-based our Catholic faith truly is!
I find myself paying more attention to homilies now, becuase I want to hear what the priest or deacon have to say about the Gospel. Sometimes I hear myself saying, “That’s exactly what we discussed at our meeting!” Gospels make so much more sense now!
Come, Lord Jesus! is a beautiful program that helps keep the fire going inside of me. What I love most, is the special prayer time we share, the deep, meaningful discussions. of the Bible readings, and all of our personal witness stories. We have such a good time too. Above all, we truly feel God’s presence with us at each meeting. When it’s all over, we all leave with a smile on our faces, feeling renewed and refreshed!
Come, Lord Jesus! has afforded an opportunity to sit around a table and discuss the words of Jesus Christ and how these words affect our lives. Through that process, we have become friends, and I have come to realize that friends made with Jesus as the focal point are always the best kind of friend!
The benefits to having Come, Lord Jesus! Bible study groups are numerous. Among them is the fact that, having reflected on the Sunday Readings, parishioners come to Mass with open and receptive hearts, eager to be active particpants in the Sacred Liturgy. There is nothing more discouraging for a priest than to celebrate Mass with a lukewarm congregation – not so with a Come, Lord Jesus! parish family. I consider myselft truly blessed to have been introduced to Come, Lord Jesus! early on in my ministry, and I am grateful to God for both the personal fruits I have experienced, and the reward that comes to a pastor’s heart when he sees his parishioners growing in holiness.
After coming to Lafayette I have understood that the method developed by Fr. Conley Bertrand, “Come, Lord Jesus!” is teh best method I have eer seen in promotin Small Faith Communities (SFC’s). Basically, SFC’s are concerned about sharing the gospel reading, praying together and sharing the witnesses they had encountered in that week. But the method evolved by Fr. Conley is unique because it has a well planned questionnaire on the gospel or other readings which enable the participants to respond well. This sharing truly prepares one to attend the Sunday Mass prayerfully and fruitfully. The references from the Catechism of the Catholic Church open wide horizons to have knowledge of the teachings of the Church. The chosen Scriptural passages for the Apostolate and Second coming of Jesus orientate the participants to examine their conscience for the commitment of the gospel theme. This method is easier than other methods found in other countries. On the whole, it gives ample opportunity to have the right encoutner of Jesus. No doubt, “Come, Lord Jesus!” is the timely instrument and God-given gift to the diocese of Lafayette to bring the laity into ministries and mission of the church as desired by Vatican Counil II. By promoting “Come, Lord Jesus!” in our parishes there are greater chances to get to know the Bible, to become a praying community, to love one another and thus lead a witnessing life to the gospel values.