The 50th anniversary of the greatest religious movement few have heard of

A Catholic Charismatic Renewal youth healing service in Brazil in 2009. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
A Catholic Charismatic Renewal youth healing service in Brazil in 2009. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

(RNS) This month marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the most important Catholic lay movement of the past century.

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal ranks second only to Protestant Pentecostalism among significant new Christian movements to emerge over the past century. Like Pentecostalism, the CCR was made in the USA.

At a prayer retreat in a Pittsburgh suburb led by two Duquesne University professors, several students experienced baptism in the Holy Spirit.

From Duquesne, the new Catholic brand of Pentecostalism spread quickly to other universities in the Midwest, such as Notre Dame and Michigan State.   Continue reading