Malvern Retreat House expects up to 3,000 individuals and family members for its inaugural Catholic Tent Revival on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 12 noon to 7:30 p.m., a free event held under a large “big top” tent and on manicured fields.
“The Joy of Jesus! His Mercy, His Love” revival features speakers including Father James Blount, SOLT; Jesse Romero, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Johnnette Benkovic and lay witnesses Kathleen McCarthy and Jennifer Hubbard.
The Donutman, Rob Evans, will perform for children ages 10 and under and three-time Grammy nominee, musician and evangelist Marty Rotella will emcee the event. Nashville recording artist Teresa Peterson and her band will play worship music throughout the day interspersed with speakers. She will also perform “Prayer and Praise Under the Stars,” an album release part on Saturday night, Oct. 6 at 7:30, also a free event.
In addition to the thousands expected to attend the revival on Sunday, hundreds of children will participate in games and crafts set up on the field.
On the stage under the tent, Father Blount and McCarthy will lead a healing service invoking the Holy Spirit for all the participants’ physical and emotional healing.
The rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. in union with the National Rosary Coast-to-Coast Crusade for the United States. At 4:30 p.m., Mass will be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Senior.
The event had its genesis in “prayer and discernment over an extended period of years,” said Mark Poletunow, president of Malvern Retreat House. “All of the components of creating this event came together quickly about eight months ago.”
Ample parking for the revival will be available at various sites including Radnor Hunt, Malvern Preparatory School and other locations listed on the Malvern Retreat House website. Shuttle buses will run all day for the event at Malvern Retreat, located at 315 S. Warren Avenue in Malvern.
Food trucks offering a wide selection of entrees, desserts and snacks will be available throughout the day in the Malvern Food Court in Our Lady’s parking lot. A Marketplace Arbor will offer the speakers CDs and books for sale.
“The excitement on our social media, telephone calls and responses from people all over the country is palpable,” Poletunow said. “The time for revival is now, especially at this time in history. Get ready for a ‘brush from heaven.’”
Registration online at www.malvernretreat.com is not mandatory but is encouraged to assist in the planning process.
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