My recent article tells of the global impact of the "Duquesne Weekend," a 1967 student retreat considered to be the launch of the Catholic Charismatic movement. That movement has been one of the most powerful impulses toward spiritual renewal within the Catholic Church in the past half-century.
We who live in the Selfie Era can tend to forget how recent the Selfie Era is, especially compared to something as timeworn as the Catholic Charismatic movement, now marking its 50th anniversary. (In contrast, iPhones are only a decade old.) Above is the only known group photo taken during the whole weekend. The photo was taken by a participant in the retreat, John Rossmiller. In his recollection in the book "As By a New Pentecost", he said that he had barely used an entire roll of film during his college years to that point. But since there were plans for a birthday party for some of the retreat participants, he brought it along to capture the celebration. The party never really got going because so many people were focused on prayer in what they described as powerful experiences of the Holy Spirit. But he did capture this one moment of what appears to be a paper-cup toast.
The group is shown at The Ark and The Dove Retreat Center in Pine Township, in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. In front at left are Patti Gallagher Mansfield and David Mangan, who have gone on to write and speak about the revival. Ms. Mansfield is editor and lead writer of "As By a New Pentecost," which includes various participants' accounts.
Photo courtesy of David Mangan.