MALVERN, Penn., June 9, 2014 /Christian Newswire
/ -- Boxing, martial arts, contact sports, taking people to jail in his job as Deputy Sheriff in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. That was how Jesse Romero used to channel his competitive fire, his spirit. Then, in 1986, a fellow officer challenged Jesse to pick up a Bible and use Faith instead of force as a way to find escape from the pressures of police life.
As Jesse rediscovered his Catholic roots, he also realized that most Catholics really don't understand the basics of their faith, choosing to live out their lives in a kind of spiritual coma.
Jesse recalls the next step in his faith journey: "being evangelized through the Charismatic Renewal in 1988 while attending a Conference at the Los Angeles Sports Arena with 20,000 other Catholics who were on fire for Jesus! It was contagious. I have never been the same and have been active in the Renewal ever since."
Today, Jesse is committed to keeping the Faith alive by speaking throughout the United States. He will be directing the upcoming National Charismatic Retreat at Malvern Retreat House, in Malvern, PA, June 27-29.
Attendees are in for a treat, because Jesse has the ability to make the sometimes-complex teachings of the Faith understandable with his straight-talk, Christ-centered approach. His message may be simple, but when delivered with his trademark energy and conviction, the audience is left with the indelible impression that our Catholic Faith is something to be worn visibly and proudly, not kept hidden away (Matt 5: 14-16).
He will be joined by Kathleen McCarthy, President of In His Sign Radio Network, a renowned preacher with healing gifts; and Fr. Robert Hilz, TOR, or "Fr. Pentecost," as some call him, a Franciscan Friar based in Loretto, PA, who has been active in the Charismatic renewal movement and healing ministry since his ordination in 1970. Fr. Bob and Kathleen McCarthy will offer a special healing service with anointing of the sick on Saturday night.
"Charismatic retreats touch the affective side of our soul in such a way that it is life-changing. Christianity after all, involves the head and heart," says Jesse.
"Let the Holy Spirit stir those graces within you that you have already received in Confirmation," says Jesse. "Notice the Holy Spirit wants unity, the power comes when we are together."
To find out more about this retreat, please visit Malvern's website at www.MalvernRetreat.com
, or call 610-644-0400.