Peter Hocken

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Father Peter Hocken (b. 1932) is a historian of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and the Pentecostal movement in the twentieth century.

Hocken was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church in 1964. He was ordained for the Diocese of Northampton. He lectured in moral theology at Oscott College, Birmingham, England (1968 - 1976). He obtained permission to leave the country in order to join the Mother of God Community, Washington where he was an active member between 1976 and 1996. He regularly contributed to the community's devotional magazine, "The Word Among Us". In 1984 he received his PhD for his research on the history of charismatic renewal from the University of Birmingham, England. He returned to England in 1997, becoming Chaplain to the Bishop of Northampton (1997 – 2001). In 2001 he received the title "Monsignor" at the request of Bishop Patrick Leo McCartie. Hocken currently lives in Vienna, Austria.

Hocken has been active in the charismatic movement since 1971 and has served as Executive Secretary of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (1988 – 1997).


  • Streams of Renewal (1986, revised 1997)
  • Lord One Spirit One Body (1987)
  • Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (1988) – many articles
  • The Glory and the Shame (1994)
  • Strategy of the Spirit? (1996)
  • Blazing the Trail (2001)
  • The Spirit of Unity: How Renewal is Breaking Down Barriers between Evangelicals and Roman Catholics (2001)
  • Toward Jerusalem Council Two: The Vision and the Story (2002, revised 2004)
  • The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (2002) – many articles
  • God’s MasterPlan (2003)
  • The Banquet of Life (2004)
  • With Daniel Juster The Messianic Jewish Movement (2004)
  • The Marranos (2006)
  • Church Forward (2007)
  • The Challenges of the Pentcostal Charismatic and Messianic Jewish Movements (2009)

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