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The historic site of the "Duquesne Weekend" and a rallying point the the Renewal worldwide!
The historic site of the "Duquesne Weekend" and a rallying point the the Renewal worldwide!

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The Ark and The Dove, Inc.
Home of Baptism in the Holy Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Renewal Purchases Site Where New Pentecost in Catholic Church Began
Gibsonia, PA, December 18, 2015 – The Ark and The Dove, Inc. today announced the purchase of the historic site of the “Duquesne Weekend” where nearly 50 years ago the Holy Spirit fell in power on a handful of Duquesne University students. Many in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and others baptized in the Holy Spirit trace their beginnings back to this event.
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household, said: “I cannot but rejoice over the decision…to buy The Ark and The Dove retreat house where the Catholic Charismatic Renewal had its first visible manifestation back in 1967. How we would be happy if we could purchase the Jerusalem Cenacle where the first Pentecost took place!” With Fr. Cantalamessa’s endorsement, “the humble place where the ‘new Pentecost’ in the Catholic Church began” has been purchased for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal worldwide “keeping the flame burning till it reaches the whole Church.”
Expounding on the vision of this historic purchase, Johnny Bertucci, Chairman of The Ark and The Dove, Inc., exclaimed: “In response to Pope Francis’ commission to the Renewal, in the hopes of unifying the many expressions of the Renewal, in anticipation of the Jubilee and the 50th anniversary of the Duquesne Weekend, to reclaim our historic site, to proclaim the love of God though His Son Jesus in the POWER of the Holy Spirit, The Ark and The Dove can be that rallying point for the Renewal worldwide.”
The four-fold usage of the facility will be as follows:
Pilgrimage Destination – for those baptized in the Holy Spirit and those interested in this grace.
Retreat Center – for spiritual renewal by the Holy Spirit for laity, clergy, and religious.
Resource Center – for those interested in understanding and fostering the charisms.
Praise and Worship Events – for days of renewal and empowerment.
Isaiah 54:2-3 inspires the vision of The Ark and The Dove: “Widen the space of your tent, extend the curtains of your home, do not hold back! Lengthen your ropes, make your tent-pegs firm, for you will burst out to right and to left, your race will dispossess the nations and repopulate deserted towns.”
Towards this end, we seek UNITY through a diverse worldwide board. We will engage the various streams, cultures, expressions, and others espousing baptism in the Holy Spirit to more effectively promote the New Evangelization. In keeping with Pope Francis’ charge for unity, we desire to come together to give testimony to the single current of grace while maintaining our individual charisms.
For further information, contact:
Johnny Bertucci, Chairman
The Ark and The Dove, Inc.
10745 Babcock Blvd. | Gibsonia, PA 15044 | (800) 641-5101
www.TheArkAndTheDoveWorldwide.org | johnny@TheArkAndTheDoveWorldwide.org
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We have added a DONATE button to The Ark and The Dove Worldwide website: www.thearkandthedoveworldwide.org  Clicking  on it will take you to the NSC website, who will process all donations and deposit them in a dedicated bank account for The Ark and The Dove.  Be sure to specific "The Ark and The Dove" in the Donation Purpose drop down.
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30 Days to go! By October 20th, just 30 days from now, we hope to complete the major fundraising effort to purchase The Ark and The Dove. If insufficient funds are raised, NSC intends to terminate agreement & return all donations. Please continue to pray for good discernment and for others to come along side us in this worthwhile effort.
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Were you wondering about the timeline leading up to the possible purchase of The Ark and The Dove? Check out this link:
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"In response to Pope Francis’ commission to the Renewal, in the hopes of unifying the many expressions of the Renewal, in anticipation of the Jubilee and the 50th anniversary of the Duquesne Weekend, to reclaim our historical site, to proclaim the love of God though His Son Jesus in the POWER of the Holy Spirit, The Ark and The Dove can be that rallying point for the Renewal worldwide!" ~ Johnny Bertucci, NSC Chairman
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"I cannot but rejoice over the decision of the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the United States to buy The Ark and The Dove Retreat House where the Renewal had its first visible manifestation back in 1967. How we would be happy if we could purchase the Jerusalem Cenacle where the first Pentecost took place! Let us at least purchase the humble place where the “new Pentecost” in Catholic Church began. I encourage all brothers and sisters of Renewal worldwide to contribute generously to this project which will help in keeping the flame burning till it reaches the whole Church."
~Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFMcap

http://www.thearkandthedoveworldwide.org/how-to-donate/
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"My first visit to the Ark & the Dove! A Pentecost Today Editorial Board meeting. As we began to worship the Lord I was overcome with the Presence of God! As the tears flowed the Lord spoke these words; "you are about planning a magazine but in this place I began Pentecost Today! I am about Pentecost Today!" In an instant I was renewed!" ~Jimmy Archer, NSC member
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"'Greater things are yet to come, greater things are still to be done...' The words to the song 'God of this City' were going through my head as I prayed and walked through the grounds of the Providence Villa (The Ark and The Dove) this past June (2015). We believe that The Ark and The Dove can be a center for empowering people with the grace of the Holy Spirit to send them forth proclaiming the Good News. There is so much more that our God wants to accomplish in our time. May we be expectant for how God wants to use each of us and this place." ~Tammie Stevens, NSC member

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The buildings at 10745 Babcock Blvd in Gibsonia, PA have a long history:
Built in 1924 by Bell Telephone as a respite place for their female employees, it was later sold to become a private boarding school. The Center was purchased in 1964 by the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and was operated by the Ladies of Bethany as The Ark and The Dove Retreat Center; the Diocese later renamed it the Cardinal Wright Center and used it for spiritual renewal for clergy and religious. The Center was purchased in 2000 by the Sisters of Divine Providence, who renovated the buildings and currently operate it as Providence Villa. The sisters now seek to sell the property and use the proceeds to renovate their mother house. Over the years several parties have expressed interest in acquiring the Center, including the NSC, which has led to this purchase opportunity.

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