Al Mansfield has served the Catholic Church for fifty years in teaching, pastoral ministry and administration. He holds an undergraduate degree in history and a Master’s degree in theology from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was pursuing a Doctorate in Religion when the Lord called him into full time ministry in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
Al has been a pioneer in the Renewal in the South since 1970, serving as Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans Office. Since 1972 Al has had the chief responsibility for organizing and managing conferences and other events in New Orleans which have attracted thousands of people from around the country. He is a past member of the National Advisory Committee and he served the National Service Committee as a “Traveling Timothy.” Al is a recognized teacher with a deep love for the Word of God and has spoken at conferences and retreats around the country.
Al is married to the former Patti Gallagher and they have four children and eleven grandchildren. The Mansfields live in Covington, Louisiana, in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
In 1995, Archbishop Francis B. Schulte appointed Al and Patti to be his Liaisons to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, roles they fulfilled until December 2020. In 2000, they were awarded the Papal Medal, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For the Church and the Pope), by Saint John Paul II.
Patti Gallagher Mansfield was a participant in the historic “Duquesne Weekend” in February, 1967, which marked the beginning of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church. From the first days of the Renewal, she has served in leadership through her teaching, writing and pastoral ministry. Patti has ministered at conferences and retreats for laity and priests around the world. For the past fifty years she has proclaimed the grace of the Baptism in the Spirit on all five continents.
Her book, As By A New Pentecost: Golden Jubilee Edition, is the most complete account of the beginning of the largest ecclesial movement today. Her other books include: Proclaim the Joy of the Gospel, Everyday Holiness and Magnificat: A Mother’s Reflections on Mary. She also has many teaching CDs and is a frequent guest on Ralph Martin’s TV program, “The Choices We Face.”
In Rome’s Olympic Stadium in June, 2014, Patti was acknowledged by Pope Francis as “one of the first to experience the Spirit in an intense way.” She was privileged to be seated by the Pope’s side at the Golden Jubilee celebration in Circus Maximus on the Vigil of Pentecost, 2017.
Patti is married to Al Mansfield, Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans, Louisiana, and together they served as Liaisons to the Archbishop of New Orleans on behalf of the Renewal from 1995 to 2020. They have four adult children and eleven grandchildren. In the Jubilee Year 2000, the Mansfields were awarded the Papal Medal, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For the Church and the Pope), by Saint John Paul II.