Catholic Charismatic Renewal at Duquesne University
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The Second Vatican Council led to a variety of innovations in worship and liturgy in the Catholic Church and also to a sense of empowerment among laypeople. One such development in recent years in both the United States and internationally has been the growth of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, which was influenced not only by Vatican II but also by Pentecostalism. The American history of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal can be traced to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where in 1967, two faculty members who had participated in both Pentecostal prayer meetings and the Cursillo movement organized a student retreat in which participants studied the Acts of the Apostles. Participants reported speaking in tongues, engaging in prophecy, and receiving other gifts of the Holy Spirit. Since then, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal has expanded to millions of participants and has received papal approval, though not without some controversy and criticism.
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Duquesne University- Digital Commonwealth- image from Boston Public Library, Tichnor Brothers Postcard Collection

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Dolan, Jay P., 1985. The American Catholic Experience: A History from Colonial Times to the Present. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
Morris, Charles R., 1997. American Catholic: The Saints and Sinners Who Built America's Most Powerful Church. New York: Times Books.
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William S. Cossen
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in History

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