Baptism of the Holy Spirit-a Survey

by Francis MacNutt
Jul/Aug 2003

As a follow-up to the last newsletter on our need for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Tommy Tyson's testimony, here's a startling survey on the actual results of praying for the release of the Spirit. The Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut got responses from 100 people who had taken the Life of the Spirit Seminar and then prayed; these respondents had spent an average of teri years in charismatic renewal and parishioners in 15 different churches.

 Among their findings:  
 1) Time spent in daily prayer:  
20% had no time
65% spent no time
15% no response
0% spend no time
90% spend 30 minutes to 2 hours
10% no response
 2) Time spent in daily reading the Bible:  
75 % spent no time
25% spent an average of 30 minutes
15% spend no time
85% spend an average of 30 minutes
 3) Receiving Communion:  
30% did not receive
70% received weekly
4% do not receive
96% receive weekly
 4) Time spent daily reading spiritual books:  
70% spent no time
30% spent 5 minutes to 1 hour
19% spend no time
81% spend 15 minutes to 2 hours

When asked if the Fruits of the Spirit changed after the release of the Spirit 30% said they increased moder­ately, 60% said they increased significantly (10% reported no change).

When asked about their Faith, 23% said that it increased moderately, 75% that it increased significantly (only 2% said that it stayed the same).

When asked if the release of the Spirit inspired them to be more active in their parish's spiritual or social ministries, 82% said yes.

(This survey was prepared by the Charismatic Renewal Office of Hartford in January, 2002. For mor infor­mation email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (860) 243-8234.)

Francis MacNutt Francis MacNutt is a Founding Director and Executive Committee member of CHM. Jul/Aug 2003 Issue