Fifty years ago, Catholic Charismatics as a group didn’t exist. Today, there are around 120 million of them. Their emergence began when the Holy Spirit came to a dozen or so college-age Catholics in a Pennsylvania forest in February 1967. They were from Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University, out to enjoy a spiritual weekend retreat at a place called The Ark & The Dove.
That February 1967, Patti Mansfield (then Gallagher) had no way of knowing she was about to become one of the very first Catholics in the modern era baptized by the Holy Spirit and changed forever. “February 17th through 19th, 1967, was the annual retreat,” Mansfield told CBN News. “And the theme of the retreat was the person and the work of the Holy Spirit.” That became a richly ironic point over the next couple of days. CONTINUE