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New spiritual hospital offering public event at community centre

by Chris Daponte

ARTHUR - Since opening its doors in July, the Father’s Heart Healing Centre here has conducted over 250 prayer sessions for visitors seeking help with physical, mental, social or spiritual problems.

About 30 trained volunteers work in teams of three to offer the Christian-based service to any and all who ask for assistance at the centre on George Street in Arthur.

“Anybody can come and receive prayer,” said Maggie Baratto, who serves as a director, along with her husband Eddie. “It’s about breaking down denominational walls and bringing unity.”

People from at least 10 churches have come to the centre, which is part of the International Association of Healing Rooms and billed by Maggie as “a spiritual hospital.”

Pointing to a testimonial wall in the entrance to the large space, Maggie and Eddie say the results have been overwhelmingly positive.

“It’s proving God is still healing people today - it didn’t end 2,000 years ago,” said Eddie.

But the centre is not just for the sick or those experiencing extreme circumstances.

“Some people just need direction,” said Maggie, adding certain individuals may also feel more comfortable at the centre, as opposed to a church setting.

She noted people have come from all over southern Ontario to visit the centre, which relies on donations to cover operating expenses.

One group in Guelph has expressed interest in opening a similar centre in the city, Maggie added.

She and Eddie are hoping to bring their message to a larger audience on Dec. 9 and 10 (starting at 7:30pm), when the centre will host a “Healing and Miracle Crusade” at the Arthur Community Centre.

Maggie explained the event will offer live worship and several local pastors have agreed to speak at the event.

“It’s not just about us saying it - it’s a demonstration,” said Maggie.

The Father’s Heart Healing Centre is open on Wednesdays from 10:30am to 2pm and on Fridays from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

For more information about the centre or events on Dec. 9 and 10, call 519-848-2040 or visit


November 25, 2011


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