Beginning on Thursday, May 1 (Solemnity of the Ascension), to Sunday, May 11 (Solemnity of Pentecost), believers from all over the world are invited to participate in a worldwide novena for a renewed descent of the Holy Spirit, a “New Pentecost,” for our day.

International lay leaders, as well as cardinals, bishops, clergy, and religious have given their support to this Pentecost prayer novena. Among the most noteworthy supporters are Mother Angelica, foundress of the worldwide Catholic network EWTN; Ambassador Howard Dee, former Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican; Michael O’Brien, renowned Canadian novelist and social commentator; and Sister Briege McKenna, O.S.C., an Irish Sister of St. Clare, who has an international ministry to priests and bishops.

As part of the Pentecost Novena, participants are called to pray the Rosary, along with their choice of prayers calling for a new descent of the Holy Spirit into the hearts of all peoples through the intercession of Mary, Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate. For more information, contact Ambassador Howard Dee at the Assisi Foundation.

During his recent papal visit to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI specifically requested to implore God for a “new Pentecost for the Church in America”: “As we give thanks for past blessings, and look to the challenges of the future, let us implore from God the grace of a new Pentecost for the Church in America. May tongues of fire, combining burning love of God and neighbor with zeal for the spread of Christ’s Kingdom, descend on all present” (St. Patrick’s Cathedral, April 19, 2008). This novena seeks to respond to Pope Benedict in imploring the grace of a new Pentecost for the entire Church and world in our presently threatening global situation.

To obtain a copy of the novena, please visit the following link:

Assisi Development Foundation, Inc.
Unit 503, 5/f, Prestige Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City, 1605 Metro Manila
Tel.: (632) 632-1001 to 03
Fax: (632) 632-7844

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