We are delighted to introduce you to our beloved Marilyn Quirk, foundress of Magnificat and Coordinator of its Central Service Team for 29 years. Much like a spiritual mother to all of her Magnificat daughters, she is truly God’s gift sent to us for these exciting times in which we live.
While studying to become an Episcopal medical missionary in 1958, Marilyn converted to Catholicism. Devoted to Our Lady and attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, she has been involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal since 1970. Presently, she serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Southern Regional Conference and has served on the National Leadership Council of the Renewal.
Striving to live a life of devoted service to God, her family and her church, she and her husband, Peter, are especially proud of their six children and eleven grandchildren. Members of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and Legatus, Marilyn and Peter have served their parish, St. Angela Merici in New Orleans, as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist.
Marilyn passionately believes in the dignity and vocation of women, often quoting Bishop Fulton Sheen who said, “Women are the measure of civilization.” On January 29, 2000, as Marilyn received the Pontifical award Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, she joyfully carried the women of Magnificat in her heart and pledged their loyalty to the Holy Father. We are thankful and inspired by her personal FIAT!