It was ten minutes before the first Arise night of Adoration and praise, and when I looked down from my solitary perch in the Basilica’s choir loft, I saw 300 people moving about as they prepared to praise the Lord. In that moment I was struck dumb. 300 people. I’d hoped for 75. Maybe 100. And it was in this moment that I realized: God clearly has bigger plans for this. God made His point clear and I finally stopped to do the most important thing: pray. Everything else got done. The night ran (mostly) smoothly. The Spirit moved. People ecountered Jesus Christ. The very first (and at the time we thought might be the only) Arise night came and God made it so abundantly clear that he was at work in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. It was like He was telling me, “it’s okay. I’ve got this”.
Since that night God could not have made His will for Arise more clear. Because people needed greater opportunities to pray and praise we had another night. And then another. And we had four nights of praise and adoration that first year. And soon God showed us that we needed a better way to reach people who hadn’t experienced Jesus in a personal way. And so we bagan the Arise parish mission: three nights of powerful programming with speakers, music, and adoration, reconciliation, fellowship, and more. And then God showed us that we needed something to invite people back to beyond the large events and so Arise began running an already thriving ministry called Cor Jesu: a weekly hour of adoration and mass focused on drawing us deeper in prayer.
Though the Arise team never intended to ‘start’ a ministry, God did. Though we thought maybe we’d get a few of our friends who might want to pray with us, God revealed thousands. The consistent message throughout this journey has been that it is not ours, it is His. I hope that you enjoy our site and learning more about His will for Arise.
By Dominick Albano
Executive Director of Arise