The Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans (CCRNO)
CCRNO is a self-supporting office of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. It began in 1969 under the leadership of Fr. Harold F. Cohen, S.J., and has pioneered Charismatic Renewal activities in this region since then. CCRNO sponsors weekly, monthly and annual events designed to promote the Baptism in the Holy Spirit in the lives of Catholics throughout the Gulf South and beyond. Al and Patti Mansfield serve as liaisons to Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond on behalf of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. For their full biographies and photos, please click here.
What is the Catholic Charismatic Renewal?
The Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans (CCRNO) is an expression of the Catholic Charismatic Movement which began in the Catholic Church in February 1967 when a group of college students from Duquesne University made a retreat at the Ark and the Dove Retreat House outside Pittsburgh. On this retreat God acted sovereignly, poured out His Spirit on the students, and began giving them charismatic gifts such as those listed in l Corinthians 12-14.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Central to the experience of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is what is known as “Baptism in the Holy Spirit.” This is not viewed as some kind of “eighth sacrament” but rather as a renewal in the Holy Spirit already received in Baptism and Confirmation. Many Catholic charismatics testify to a greater sense of the presence and love of God, a greater taste for prayer and Scripture reading, a desire to witness to others and the experience of one or more of the charismatic gifts already referred to. For more information about Baptism in the Spirit please read the excellent articles by Fr. Harold F. Cohen, S.J. and Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, Preacher to the Papal Household.
What the Popes have said about the Charismatic Renewal
The Charismatic Renewal was warmly welcomed in the Church by both Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. Pope Paul addressed some 10,000 Catholic charismatics in St. Peter’s Basilica in May 1975 and called the Charismatic Renewal a “chance”, an “opportunity” for the Church and the world. Pope John Paul II has met with members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and their leaders on numerous different occasions. At an audience in May 1987, Pope John Paul said, “The Charismatic Renewal is an eloquent manifestation of the continued youthful vitality of the Church today, a bold statement of what ‘the Spirit is saying to the Churches’ (Rev. 2:7) as we approach the close of the Second Millennium.” Pope Benedict has said, “Christ’s entire mission is summed up in this: to baptize us in the Holy Spirit” (January 13, 2008). Pope Benedict also said, “Let us rediscover…the beauty of being baptized in the Holy Spirit” (May 11, 2008). Pope Francis state, “Share with all in the Church the grace of baptism in the Holy Spirit” (June 1, 2014).
Directors of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) in Rome meet regularly with the Holy Father to keep him abreast of the movement’s progress. Many bishops and priests are active participants in the Charismatic Renewal.
The National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal also represents the Renewal to the hierarchy in the United States and promotes Baptism in the Spirit nationally through the efforts at Chariscenter, USA.
CCRNO Mission Statement
CCRNO is an office of the Archidiocese of New Orleans.
CCRNO exists to glorify God, proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord through the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit, and to serve the Catholic Church in its renewal.
CCRNO desires to renew the experience of Pentecost in the people of God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
CCRNO seeks to accomplish this mission by sponsoring or hosting the following events:
- Weekly prayer meeting and Mass open to all in the area.
- CCRNO hosts and administrates the annual Southern Regional Conference of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal .
- CD ministry.
- Holy Spirit Regional Retreats
- Retreat for women in late January.
- Retreat for both men and women in the Fall.
- Ministry to Teenagers and Young Adults: weekly prayer meeting.
- Day of Refreshment for Women
- Fresh Fire: a day of praise, teaching, and fellowship for everyone.
- Pentecost Rally: sponsored by CCRNO Youth. Open to all.
- Life In the Spirit Seminars
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans operates an office at the St. Benilde Parish Center, 1901 Division Street, (504) 828-1368, open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This office sponsors a Weekly Prayer Meeting held at St. Benilde Parish Church, 1901 Division Street in Metairie at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Also offered at the CCRNO Prayer Meeting at St. Benilde is an eight-week course called the Life in the Spirit Seminar. Those who attend are led to a deeper commitment to Christ and receive prayer for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit (“Baptism in the Holy Spirit”). A new Life in the Spirit Seminar is organized at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every other month.
CCRNO also sponsors a Weekly Prayer Meeting for Teens and Young Adults every Sunday at Archbishop Rummel High School, in the Rummel Raider Room, 7:30 pm. Mass is offered the last Sunday of the month (check Facebook to confirm).
Prayer Meetings in the Archdiocese of New Orleans
Catholic Charismatic prayer meetings began in New Orleans in May 1969 by Fr. Harold F. Cohen, S.J. CCRNO developed from this initial group. Currently there are approximately 22 groups in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Some groups meet during the day while others meet at night. A typical prayer meeting includes singing, spontaneous prayer and praise of God, reading from Scripture, personal testimony and exercise of the charismatic gifts, especially tongues and prophecy. Click Here for prayer meeting times and locations.