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Patti Gallagher Mansfield to speak at Magnificat events in Lincoln, Ogallala

(SNR) – Patti Gallagher Mansfield will be the speaker for Magnificat of Lincoln’s fall prayer meal Sept. 18 at Beacon Hills, 5353 N 27th St., Lincoln, at 6 p.m.

Mansfield will also speak at the brunch hosted by the Ogallala chapter, Our Lady of the Harvest, Sept. 20 at the Quality Inn off the I-80 exit at 9 a.m. (MDT).  

Patti Gallagher Mansfield was a participant in the February 1967 “Duquesne Weekend” which marked the beginning of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church. Vatican II closed a little over a year earlier, when Pope Paul VI called for a “new evangelization” of the modern world.  From the earliest days of the renewal, Mansfield has served as a leader through teaching, writing and pastoral ministry. Her testimony has been widely published and she has been a speaker at conferences and retreats for laity and priests in the United States and around the world. She is a frequent guest on Ralph Martin’s television program: “The Choices We Face.”

Mansfield has authored several books and she has many teaching CDs.

Patti and her husband Al Mansfield, coordinator of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans, have four adult children and five grandchildren. She and Al serve together in pastoral leadership of a weekly prayer meeting and an annual Catholic Charismatic Conference. They are also liaisons to the Archbishop of New Orleans for the Charismatic Renewal and are recipients of the Papal Medal, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For the Church and the Pope).

Patti was asked by the Pontifical Council for the Laity to thank Pope Benedict XVI on behalf of all the ecclesial movements and new communities before a crowd of 400,000 people in St. Peter’s Square on the vigil of Pentecost in 2006. This year on Pentecost Sunday, June 1, Pope Francis joined 52,000 people from 55 countries for the 37th annual national convocation of “Renewal in the Spirit.” Pope Francis called upon participants to “remember that the Church was born to go forth that morning of Pentecost, so go forth onto the streets and evangelize, proclaim the Gospel.”

Patti led a prayer for priests, young people, and the family.  When she introduced herself to Pope Francis, she said he replied, “Oh, one of the first,” and embraced her. 

Magnificat is a Ministry to Catholic women.  Its purpose is to help Catholic women become more open to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus as Lord and to impart the Holy Spirit to one another by their love, service and sharing the Good News of salvation. Magnificat was begun in 1981 by a group of Catholic women from the Archdiocese of New Orleans as a faith-sharing experience in a relaxed social setting.  There are now more than 80 chapters throughout the world.

To attend the event in Lincoln, pre-paid registrations are required by Sept. 8. No walk-ins, please.  A $25 check, payable to Magnificat ($15 for students), should be sent to  Annettte Wemhoff, 931 W. Harvest Dr., Lincoln, NE, 68521. For more information contact Magnificat coordinator Rhonda Litt, 402-489-3819 or 402-525-6396. Priests and religious are invited as guests and require only a phone call for their reservation.

To attend the brunch hosted by the Ogallala Chapter, contact Julie Sestak at Box 142 Madrid, NE, 69150, 308-326-4475, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The cost of the brunch is $15 and the registration deadline is Sept. 15.

Kearney Magnificat brunch planned

KEARNEY (SNR) – Lorraine Doan of Philadelphia will speak at the Sept. 20 Magnificat Brunch in Kearney.
The event will be held at 10 a.m. in the Ramada Inn, Kearney.

Lorraine Doan will present “God, I am NOT ready for this,” a story to share that no one should ever underestimate the power of faith. Her story, she said, is proof that God takes the broken-hearted and puts the pieces back together not as they were, but better.

The cost to attend is $15, and reservations must be received by Sept. 18. To make a reservation, contact Marlene Rasmussen at 3415 W. 70th St., Kearney, NE 68845; by phone at 575-574-8183; or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Clergy and religious are invited at no charge, but must RSVP to attend.

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