We welcome you to Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter’s webpage. These are exciting times that we live in and Magnificat was begun in 1981 for such a time as this.  There are now over 100 chapters throughout the United States and its territories and in many foreign countries.

20th Anniversary Luncheon

Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter


February 6, 2016

at Our Lady of the Valley Social Hall

11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


About Our Speaker:


Bishop Foley color photo

 Bishop Emeritus David E. Foley

Diocese of Birmingham

Magnificat Spiritual Advisor


                “God’s love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1


Called the “happy bishop” by St. John Paul II, we are privileged to announce our speaker, Bishop Emeritus David E. Foley.  He is well known and loved in this diocese as a shepherd for his people.  He was installed as Bishop of Birmingham in 1994 and is presently Bishop Emeritus of our diocese since his retirement in 2005.  Magnificat came to fruition in Birmingham with his permission in 1996.  The bishop taught the catechism of the Catholic Church for six years on the EWTN live show, “Pillars of Faith.”


Bishop Foley was born in Worcester, Massachusetts.  The family moved to Washington, D.C. in 1934.  The youngest of three boys, he lived two blocks from Blessed Sacrament Church with his devout Catholic parents.  At age four, he was dedicated to the Blessed Mother by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.  Bishop Foley attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland and was ordained in 1956.


The bishop’s testimony of praise will trace God’s enduring love in the history of his life from the moment of his birth, early vocation, seminary, years of priestly ministry and as a bishop.  He will share the spiritual life of his mind and heart, describing how the Lord has loved and favored him every minute of every day. Throughout his life, he has experienced the exceptional love of God and has had few, if any, struggles or sorrows.


Bishop Foley says the companion for his faith journey has been Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth, and queen of his heart. His testimony will demonstrate her mystical and powerful influence at telling moments of his life.  He is depending on her love and intercession to bring him safely home.


Come join in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our Magnificat Chapter, Mary, Woman of Faith, and the 60th Anniversary of Bishop Foley as a priest.  Together with grateful hearts, we will “Praise the Lord, who is good, God’s love endures forever.”  Psalm 136:1

This Magnificat Meal will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church
Social Hall
5514 Double Oak Lane
Birmingham, AL 35242

Please arrive early.

The Rosary will be prayed prior to the meal at 10:15 a.m. in a designated room.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for open seating

Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal by the Magnificat Service Team.

Confessions will be available at the end of the meal

 Religious books and CD’s are available at the end of the meal.

Since the day is designed to speak to our hearts , free of distractions, it is respectfully requested that young children under the age of 14 not be in attendance.

Tickets to the Anniversary Luncheon are $15.00 and may be obtained from our ticket chairwoman, Donna Chmielarski.  Please send your name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number, and email address (include the names and phone numbers of other ticket holders in your group), with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

Magnificat Tickets
5220 Crossings Parkway
Hoover, AL 35242

You may wish to print the form below to order your tickets.


Tickets may also be obtained on-line for $16.00 (this includes the online convenience fee) for you and any guests by using this link:  20th Anniversary Luncheon Feb. 6, 2016 Payment is made through PayPal with your credit or debit card.


Tickets for priests, deacons,  religious brothers and sisters are complimentary, but reservations are required and this may be done online or by contacting our ticket chairwoman, Donna Chmielarski.

 If you are unable to afford a ticket but want to attend the meal, please call Donna at 205-408-0308 or email magnificat0296@gmail.com and arrangements will be made for a ticket  to be sent to you.


Tickets are also available from Alpha Church Supply and Gifts, 121 West Valley Ave.,  Birmingham, AL 35209.  Phone (205) 942-5750.


Members of the Service Team of Magnificat also have tickets for sale.  Your check will serve as your receipt.


Ticket sales end Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM. 

No tickets are sold at the door.

Please use this form for Mail In  Reservations ONLY

$15.00 per person by mail; Registration Form must be postmarked by
January 22, 2016 to receive your confirmation.  
(cash/check only)


Guest(s) Name______________________________________________


City___________________________ State_____ Zip__________


Email (Please print clearly)______________________________

Those working in a ministry capacity for this meal, please indicate your Ministry:


Enclosed is $________________for_______________ Number of Reservations.


Please Mail Reservation Form, and $15.00 per person to:

Magnificat Tickets
5220 Crossings Parkway
Hoover, AL 35242

Upcoming Meals for our Chapter – 2016

Dates of the MealsSpeaker
October 3, 2015Melanie McNary
February 6, 2016Bishop Emeritus David Foley
April 30, 2016TBA

Rosary Blanket of Prayer
Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 2nd of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Family, and World Peace.

Our Prayer Groups

Is God calling you to be in a Prayer Group?

Jesus said “Wherever two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in their midst.”

Our prayer groups are open to all.

Rejoice in the Lord Prayer Group
Meets Wednesdays at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center in the Library at 1:30PM.
Contact Olga Coburn (205) 822-4366

St. Albert’s Charismatic Prayer Group
Meets Thursdays at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center in Room 103 at 7:00PM
Contact Ray Makofsky (205) 999-8947

Magnify the Lord Charismatic Prayer Group
Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center Library at 8:30 AM – 11:00AM.
Contact Lisa Henderson (205) 540-0213

For more information about other Charismatic Prayer groups, visit Alabama Charismatic Prayer Groups


Service Team Members

Virginia Springer, Coordinator

Barbara Cole, Assistant Coordinator

Sarah Young, Recording Secretary

Mary Margaret Rohling, Treasurer

Meredith Young, Historian

Olga Coburn, Service Team Member

Sena Higdon, Service Team Member

Spiritual Advisor: Bishop Emeritus David E. Foley, Diocese of Birmingham

If you would like to help with a Ministry of Magnificat, or if you have a question or comment for Our Service Team,  or if you would like to be on our Mailing list for future events, please contact us at magnificat0296@gmail.com

History of
Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter of Magnificat
for the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama

Twenty one years ago, news of an organization in the Catholic Church which ministers to Catholic women was brought by a Daughter of Charity, Sr. Virginia Delaney.  She spoke to her good friend, Carolyn Wright, who shared this news with her good friend, Peter Ann Ryan.  They prayed for discernment about the possibility of this organization being made available to the women of Alabama, where the Catholic Christian population was only 3% at that time. Exciting, indeed, was the idea of joining women who follow the Magisterium of the Church under the authority of the Pope, who hold dear with great veneration Mary, the mother of God, and who more importantly promote the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Blessed Trinity.  Trusting it would be in God’s will, the little cenacle continued to pray, adding a few more faith-filled women the Lord sent.

These prayer warriors persevered out of obedience to the protocols of the Magnificat ministry founders and the circumstances of the diocese in Alabama.  In the Lord’s good time, a new shepherd of the Birmingham Diocese was finally appointed, and he explained that he needed a year to get to know his flock.  Exactly one year later, he requested 6 more months of reflection and evaluation before he received the women seeking permission for Magnificat, a Ministry to Catholic Women, to be formed in this diocese.

During more  time of prayer,  many physical efforts were required to determine if the women of the diocese were willing to embrace the vision of this ministry and to step forward in service of such an undertaking.  The first Magnificat Prayer Meal in Alabama took place on February 17, 1996 with Sr. Briege McKenna as our speaker and 500 women in attendance.  The rest is history in God’s grace.

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