Prayers for a ‘new and ongoing Pentecost’

Worshipers at a Festival of Praise in 2017.

It’s being called a Worldwide Worship Event, online and in person, held on the birthday of the Catholic Church at the birthplace of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement.

Organizers say Pentecost 2021 is a work of “holy collaboration” between Praise Nation, The Ark and The Dove retreat center, Pentecost Today USA, and Nature of Fire.

The outdoor event will be held on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, from 1-5 p.m at The Ark and The Dove, 10745 Babcock Blvd, Gibsonia. Nature of Fire food truck will provide free food, and Praise Nation will lead its popular Festival of Praise, a celebration of song, adoration, prayer and witness.

“Our goal is to celebrate Pentecost and the glorious ways the Holy Spirit has been poured out and animated the Church since the day of Pentecost and the birth of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal,” said Alicia Hartle, executive director of Pentecost Today USA, which serves and supports the movement nationwide. “We will pray for a new and ongoing Pentecost in the Church.”

Her brother, Father Levi Hartle, co-leader of Praise Nation, expects they will feed about 500 people before worship begins at 2:30 p.m. The last in-person festival was held in October 2020.

“We’ve heard from a lot of people who have missed the festivals of praise,” he said. “There’s a real hunger for them.”

The retreat house was the scene of the historic Duquesne Weekend in February 1967, where a group of students and university staff attended a retreat on biblical teachings about the Holy Spirit. Many reported a powerful experience of the Spirit and praying in tongues.

The event is considered to be the beginning of the charismatic movement in the U.S. Catholic Church, which the Vatican estimates has now reached over 120 million people throughout the world.

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In March, Praise Nation presented a virtual Festival of Praise with Bishop Zubik