Welcome from Rochester, NY

We welcome you to the webpage of Rochester, NY Spouse of the Holy Spirit Chapter. These are exciting times that we live in and Magnificat was begun in 1981 for such as time as this. There are now over 100 chapters throughout the United States and its territories and in many foreign countries.


Magnificat Day of Prayer

“My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my Savior…
God who is mighty has done great things for me, holy is His name.”
Luke 1:46-49

Please join Magnificat on our Day of Prayer, the 21st of each month, as we lift up our hearts to the Lord for the intentions of New Pentecost, Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, our Beloved Priests and Religious and Families.

In these words of the Magnificat, Mary proclaimed to Elizabeth her gratitude for the wonderful action of God in her life. Please join us where we will share together in that same spirit of gratitude and praise of God.

After a meal, there is a time of prayer for the needs of all present and an opportunity to hear one person’s experience of the transforming love of Christ in their own life.

Our Next Meal

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Guest Speakers: Mary DeTurris Poust

About our Speaker: 

Mary-TU-photoMary is a writer, editor, public speaker, retreat leader, and Catholic commentator, with an expertise in Catholic teaching, and spirituality lived out in everyday life. She lives in Delmar, N.Y. with her husband Dennis, and their three children. They are parishioners of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Currently, she is Director of Communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, N.Y. Mary has been featured on CNN, is frequently heard on national Catholic radio, including multiple appearances on “A Conversation with Cardinal Dolan” and “Busted Halo” on Sirius. She is the former Cohost of the television program “Guided by Grace”.


Women are welcome to come to the breakfast and learn more
about how the Lord has been leading them in their journey.

“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Pope Paul VI, ““On Evangelization in the Modern World”

“Glorify the Lord with me. Let us together extol His name.” Psalm 34:4

Prayer ministry available.

Confessions Priests will be available before the meal and at Noon.

New Location

Diplomat Banquet Center

   1 Diplomat Way, (off Lyell Rd) Gates

Register Now!

To purchase your ticket: Early Registration: $18.00 Postmarked after 9/17: $20.00 Students: $10.00 Clergy & Religious : Complimentary, Please register! Your check will serve as your receipt.

Pre-Registration required No tickets sold at the door – Register on line with PayPal
Please don’t let cost keep you away – call Kathy Murty 585-436-1284

In need of a ride or can provide one? please call  Sue Waterstraat @ 582-1149.

Your nametag serves as your ticket and it will be available at the door. Donations are also accepted to assist others in attending our meal.

A D V A N C E D    R E S E R V A T I O N S

Mail-in registration:  registration generic

View Details on online paypal payment  visit our local page


 Send Check Payable to: Magnificat Rochester, PO Box 24787,Rochester, NY 14624 

Include: Name, Address, Phone and Email.

 Name____________________________________________________ Guest(s) Name______________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________ City___________________________ State_____ Zip_____________ Phone#____________________ Parish_________________________ Email___________________________________________________   I request financial help.       (Please print email address clearly.) Enclosed is $________________for_______________ Reservations.

Open seating, please arrive early. 

Location change : Diplomat Banquet Center,  1 Diplomat Way, (off Lyell Rd) Gates – Mary DeTurris Poust : Sep. 24th 2016

                             Lexington Hotel Rochester Airport (formerly Holiday Inn Airport) – Kelly Kovaleski: Dec 10th  2016


Magnificat Meals 2016-2017

September 24, 2016Mary DeTurris Poust
December 10, 2016Kelly Kovaleski
March 4, 2017Fr. Mark Noonan
June 3, 2017TBA
September 9, 2017Mary Kay Schaub
December 2 or 9th, 2017Jeanne Walker
Upcoming Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference 
Put out into the deep
Service Team Members

Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Bernard Dan

Louise Carson – Coordinator

Ann Iten -Assistant Coordinator

Karen Chin – Treasurer

Jeanne Walker – Secretary

Betty Bunce – Historian / Hospitality


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:  MagnificatRochester@frontier.com

History of Spouse of the Holy Spirit Rochester NY Chapter

Nineteen years ago, God planted a seed in the heart and mind of a spirit-filled woman named Gert Amesbury from St. Pius X parish in the Rochester, NY Diocese. She learned of Magnificat, a ministry to Catholic women, from a program shown on the Catholic TV Network EWTN. With great enthusiasm, she began the work to establish Magnificat in Rochester. After facing many obstacles, Gert concluded that perhaps the time was not yet right for Rochester. Many years later, another spirit-filled woman, Pat Smith, rediscovered Magnificat while vacationing in Florida and was inspired to bring it back home to Rochester. In October 1997, a small group of women, including Gert and Pat, came together to form a service team to study the Magnificat movement and to establish the necessary criteria for diocesan approval and incorporation with the National Team. After much study, prayer, and discernment by the women of the Service Team, Bishop Matthew Clark approved Magnificat-Rochester on June 5, 1998. The team met weekly in prayer, song, personal sharing, and the rosary and soon the Holy Spirit’s gifts became evident as each woman discovered what responsibility the Lord wanted her to take up. In 1999, a letter was sent out to 40 women inviting them to join in this mission. Although only one woman responded, the team moved forward to plan a retreat focused on how the Holy Spirit works in the Church and in our lives. Thirty women attended and they became the base upon which the team began to build. Some of the team attended a retreat at Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio, and they brought back inspiration from the Holy Spirit in the form a scripture passage (Luke 5:4-11): “put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Armed with this scripture passage, two members of the Service Team went to Mario’s Restaurant to book a date for the first Magnificat-Rochester breakfast. With no money, they stepped out in faith, trusted the Holy Spirit, booked the space, and began planning. That first breakfast had 240 guests and the room was full to overflowing. Their nets were full.

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