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Exorcist shares past experiences with demonic possession
Daily Illini ^ | October 28, 2009 | Katie Palmer

Posted on 10/28/2009 6:00:29 AM PDT by NYer

Father Vincent Lampert (right), from St. Francis and Clare Parish in Indianapolis, Ind., lectures at Foellinger Auditorium on Monday. Fr. Lampert discussed his experiences as one of 12 officially trained exorcist priests in the United States.
Joanna Mirowska The Daily Illini

With Halloween around the corner and Hollywood releasing horror movies such as "Paranormal Activity" and "Saw VI," one cannot help but feel chills running down his or her spine. St. John's Catholic Newman Center had the timing right when it invited exorcist Father Vince Lampert to speak about his experiences Monday night at Foellinger Auditorium.

Lampert, the head priest at St. Francis and Clare parish in Greenwood, Ind., was ordained a priest in 1991. He was later asked by the archbishop of Indianapolis if he was willing to train as an exorcist, said Monsignor Gregory Ketcham, director and head chaplain at the Newman Center.

"Father Lampert was asked to take on the role of an exorcist because he is very prayerful and faithful, and he has a lot of integrity — he's a good man," Ketcham said.

Lampert is one of twelve exorcists in America today, Ketcham said. Lampert spent a whole summer in Rome training under Italy's head exorcist. This training included witnessing and assisting in about 60 exorcisms.

Now that Lampert has been a fully trained exorcist for several years, he said he receives five to six calls a week from people who believe they are possessed. Exorcisms are only performed as a last resort once the subject is determined to be truly possessed.

"For one to become possessed by the devil, one has to have a dedication to the devil, be cursed or lead a life that is full of sin; it is something more than just a struggle against temptation," Lampert said.

Performing an exorcism takes a lot of preparation by not only the subject, but by the exorcist too, Lampert said. Before each exorcism, Lampert has to go through a series of prayers and attend confession so the devil will not be able top reach him.

"In order for a person to be exorcised, they have to be fully committed to turning to Christ," Lampert said. "If they resist, the exorcism cannot be performed."

When determining if a person is in fact possessed, Lampert looks for several criteria.

"A person may be possessed if they have an ability to speak unknown languages, unhuman-like strength, the knowledge of the unknown, and an inexplicable aversion to holy places," Lampert said.

During an exorcism, Lampert goes through 10 steps, including prayers and blessings, he said.

"Sometimes the exorcism can be rather dull," Lampert said. "But I have seen a woman levitate and people's faces contort."

During his lecture, Lampert told several stories of extraordinary events that have occurred during his exorcisms. In one story, a person spoke in a childlike voice that was not his own, as it was the devil speaking.

People formed long lines before the microphone in order to ask Lampert questions about his unusual career. Many viewers were also listening attentively to his answers with gasping and awing. Many of the seats at Foellinger Auditorium were occupied throughout the event.

Erika Satterlee, freshman in LAS, said she went into the lecture not knowing much about exorcisms except for depictions in movies.

"The lecture was definitely interesting," Satterlee said. "It freaked me out too, which I knew it would."

This was Lampert's second time speaking at the University around Halloween, Ketcham said.

"Lampert's purpose of speaking is to share the Catholic view of evil and how it works in our lives," Ketcham said. "He is here to tell us the truth."


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholic; exorcism; halloween; lampert

1 posted on 10/28/2009 6:00:30 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; BelegStrongbow; nickcarraway; ...

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer

Another official exorcist is Fr. Tom Euteneuer who will be a guest on EWTN's Life on the Rock, Thursday, November 4, 2009.

2 posted on 10/28/2009 6:03:51 AM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer
Do these guys make [White] House calls?

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3 posted on 10/28/2009 6:05:27 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: NYer

I watched “The Exorcist” last night.


4 posted on 10/28/2009 6:10:30 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer

Gosh, he has such a sweet, optimistic face for someone who grapples with evil.


5 posted on 10/28/2009 6:13:43 AM PDT by Melian ("frequently in error, rarely in doubt")
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To: Elle Bee

lol


6 posted on 10/28/2009 6:13:47 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: NYer
I wonder how many official exorcisms are performed to excise the gay demons?

Youtube has a few sad videos of amateur attempts.
7 posted on 10/28/2009 6:15:08 AM PDT by IronKros (The pig put foot. Grunt. Foot in what? ketchup)
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To: Melian

Thats because he knows he is on the winning side. Peace and light radiate from those who battle evil......


8 posted on 10/28/2009 6:18:14 AM PDT by wombtotomb
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To: wombtotomb

you are exactly right.....great observation.


9 posted on 10/28/2009 6:52:30 AM PDT by raygunfan
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To: raygunfan

I cheated. I have personal experience with demonic activity in one of my children (was being attacked viciously, for good reason, he is going into the priesthood).

The priest and prayer group that prayed over him told me of amazing and frightening things they saw while doing so. 3 of them had visions, one was granted the request to receive the pain my son was suffering. The pain took him off his feet it was so intense. The priest was sick for almost 2 weeks afterward. I was sitting there with him while this was going on. He hit the floor as soon as the priest laid hands on him and the entire group started praying in tongues so loudly and simultaneously that it was actually freaky. He was out for almost 20 minutes and they had to get smelling salts out to revive him. When all was said and done, my son remembered nothing except feeling so at peace and with Jesus. It was amazing. The best part is, we had never met any of those in the prayer group, we had not informed the priest that we were coming to the Eucharistic Adoration/prayer service that this happened at, and none of them knew my son was called to the priesthood at that time.


10 posted on 10/28/2009 7:00:52 AM PDT by wombtotomb
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To: NYer
You will not believe this. St. Francis and St. Clair is the spin-off church from mine. There got to be so many Catholics in our suburban area that they created another parish just south of me. I am equi-distant between Our Lady of the Greenwood and St. Francis and St. Clair.

I think I need to go to mass there one weekend. I would like to hear this man preach. I had NO idea that he was an exorcist!

11 posted on 10/28/2009 8:24:42 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: wombtotomb

WOW!

It goes without saying that the devil does not attack those who he believes he owns.

The fact that God allows the devil to even tempt us should make us realize we are being tested and strengthened in faith.

Just read the life of Saint Padre Pio and many other Saints to see this.


12 posted on 10/28/2009 8:30:00 AM PDT by stfassisi ((The greatest gift God gives us is that of overcoming self"-St Francis Assisi)))
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To: stfassisi

Just a reminder to everyone. The movie “The Excorcist” was based on a true story of a boy who became demon possed after playing with a Ouija Board, never, ever, let your children play with one of those (or similiar types of things). Talk to them about it, it’s important.


13 posted on 10/28/2009 8:35:54 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: stfassisi

That is very true. If you are not being attacked in some way, it is a good idea to take stock of your faith life.


14 posted on 10/28/2009 9:20:09 AM PDT by wombtotomb
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To: Scythian

Regarding Ouija Boards: One of the Prayer Groups I was a member of in Montgomery, Alabama, taught on demonic influences in our lives through games, television shows, recordings (records and tapes), books, and movies.

One woman went home and spent a day in prayer and fasting for God’s protection. The next day she took her children’s Ouija Board to the “burn barrel” outside, lit a nice fire, then tossed in the Ouija Board. The Ouija Board shot out of the fire, unburned. She and then her husband kept tossing it in the fire and watching as it shot up and then landed on the grass, totally unfazed by the fire. So her husband goes and gets an ax, lays the board on the chopping block, and takes a huge swing. As the ax hits the Ouija Board, it bounces off and swings back over her husband’s head, practically dislocating his shoulders.

By this time neighbors were looking on and amazed at the “force” in the Ouija Board. One neighbor had a small wood chipper and offered its services. The two men wedged the Ouija Board into the chipper and then turned it on . . . and there was an unearthly scream from the chipper as the Ouija Board was chopped up.

Made a lot of believers out of the group. [The day of prayer and fasting was for protection from any demons released from the Board which might have tried to enter someone taking part in the destruction of the Ouija in the Board.]

The story was so vivid that I’ll never forget it.

Here’s what Christians face, daily:
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.


15 posted on 10/28/2009 11:00:43 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (Abortion-Euthanasia kills the very people for whom Social Justice is needed.)
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To: Melian

Yes, he does, a very handsome man with a lovely countenance.


16 posted on 10/28/2009 11:09:38 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: wombtotomb

Amazing testimony. Thank you.


17 posted on 10/28/2009 11:11:08 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: Scythian

I agree. Ouija boards are demonic.


18 posted on 10/28/2009 11:12:28 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: wombtotomb
none of them knew my son was called to the priesthood at that time.

Did your son answer the call? Is he now a priest?

19 posted on 10/28/2009 1:45:42 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Who's your Long Legged MacDaddy?)
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To: NYer

He was on The Abundant Life this week so it will be on the repeats. Very interesting interview.


20 posted on 10/28/2009 1:57:25 PM PDT by Citizen Soldier (Just got up from Bedroomshire)
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To: Marysecretary; wombtotomb

Fr. Euteneuer also has military experience with the Marines.


21 posted on 10/28/2009 2:01:12 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Scythian

So right about those “toys” Father Euteneuer said they are one way to open a portal to the evil side. If you get EWTN catch him again on “The Abundant Life” this week.


22 posted on 10/28/2009 2:02:32 PM PDT by Citizen Soldier (Just got up from Bedroomshire)
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To: Hot Tabasco

He is in his last year of high school. He will be entering seminary next fall, God willing.


23 posted on 10/28/2009 3:03:58 PM PDT by wombtotomb
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To: Citizen Soldier
He was on The Abundant Life this week so it will be on the repeats. Very interesting interview.

It was an excellent interview! Johnette Benkovic always finds such interesting guests. I enjoyed the program with Fr. Euteneuer very much.

24 posted on 10/28/2009 3:42:45 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: wombtotomb
Many prayers for you son!! He is in good company with some of the best saints - St. John Vianney and St. Pio of Pietralcina. I have been reading an excellent book on Padre Pio

and would highly recommend it to both you and your son. St. Pio battled Satan on many occasions but always vanquished.

25 posted on 10/28/2009 3:47:51 PM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

I have it :) it is a great read! Keep those prayers a comin!


26 posted on 10/28/2009 3:49:31 PM PDT by wombtotomb
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To: wombtotomb

I would say peace and love radiate from those who have successfully battled evil.


27 posted on 10/28/2009 9:41:17 PM PDT by Melian ("frequently in error, rarely in doubt")
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To: HighlyOpinionated

Wow. That story gave me chills when I read it.

That’s very scary.


28 posted on 10/28/2009 9:44:14 PM PDT by Melian ("frequently in error, rarely in doubt")
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To: NYer
I have been reading an excellent book on Padre Pio and would highly recommend it to both you and your son. St. Pio battled Satan on many occasions but always vanquished.

What an interesting coincidence. I am currently reading the same book!! The things described about St. Pio's life are truly amazing.

29 posted on 10/29/2009 10:10:43 PM PDT by Zetman
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