Fr. Edward McDonough had a healing ministry for many years. I believe he has passed on though. I went to a couple of his healing services when he visited our Diocese.
There was a priest at my old parish who was with us for a very short time who seemed to have a healing gift. It is a long story, which I won’t repeat, but I witnessed a man at the point of death recover after he anointed him in the hospital ICU where I worked. When I told the priest the man had recovered, he said “That Sacrament really works, you know” and then told me about times he had administered the Sacrament and the people recovered quickly. He seemed to have an unusual amount of healings after anointing people for a single priest, but I didn’t hear him claim a healing gift, just that the Sacrament “worked” and he was pretty confident about it. He was with us only a few months and then decided to join a monastary and I haven’t heard of him since. I guess God had other plans for him.
I believe the Holy Spirit gives that gift to those He chooses, and I don’t believe it is related to the gift of tongues at all. I can’t answer the questions about lay healers, I don’t know of any, but I don’t get around that much.
Sr. I am in need of healing myself, I am able to give some support to your ministry. My Grandmothers maden name was Mckenna-wonder if there is a relation there. How do we get started (with the healing)? email@example.com
I do not have the gift of healing, but will pray for you and your intentions. When I pray the chaplet of divine mercy, I like to pray: for the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on _________________ and on the whole world. I put the name of whoever I am praying for in the blank spot.
A nun also told me that we can pray the Hail Mary in a similar way: …Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for ___________ now and at the hour of his/her death, amen.