We welcome you to the Spouse of the Holy Spirit Rochester NY Chapter’s webpage. These are exciting times that we live in and Magnificat was begun in 1981 for such as time as this. There are now over 77 chapters throughout the United States and its territories and in many foreign countries.

Magnificat Day of Prayer

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.

Our Next Meal

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Guest Speaker: Robin Teresa Beck

About our Speaker: Robin shares her spiritual journey with disarming honesty, humor, and spiritual insight. Her story is a song of praise to God, the “hound of heaven” who never stops pursuing his lost sheep, even into the darkest corners of life. To hear her testimony is to have one’s amazement rekindled at the relentless love of God, the power of grace and the treasures of the Catholic Robin had been active in the gay community for over 30 years. One February afternoon, she innocently walked into a Catholic Church to “do ashes”.  I Just Came for Ashes is the amazing story of God’s alternative plans for his wayward daughter, who had no intention of ever leaving gay life and didn’t possess an ounce of openness to becoming Catholic. Hear how sovereign mercy won the day and saved her life. Robin Beck is an author, speaker, and musician. A former charismatic Baptist, she is now active with the Catholic charismatic renewal. When not at Mass with her hands in the air, she can be found biking the streets of Livonia, Michigan, with her cocker spaniel, Ellie Mae.

She also teaches bible memorization through song!




Prayer ministry available by the Magnificat Service Team.

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


Holiday Inn near Airport, 911 Brooks Ave , NY, USA

Register Now!

To purchase your ticket: Early Registration: $18.00

Postmarked after 6/2: $20.00

Students: $10.00

Clergy, Religious and Pastoral Administrators: Complimentary, Please register!

Your check will serve as your receipt.

Pre-Registration required No tickets sold at the door

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 Click here

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.


Guest(s) Name______________________________________________


City___________________________ State_____ Zip_____________

Phone#____________________ Parish_________________________


  I request financial help.       (Please print email address clearly.)

Enclosed is $________________for_______________ Reservations.

Open seating, please arrive early. 

Future Meals for our Chapter 

March 22, 2014Mary Lou Rosien
June 22, 2014Robin Teresa Beck
September 27, 2014Kelly Nieto
December 13, 2014Josh & Rachelle Belokur

You are invited to a Magnificat prayer and planning meeting. For location and directions call Jane Jennings 585-247-2272

Magnificat Breakfasts 2014



September 27

Kelly Nieto





 December 13   Joshua & Rachelle Belokur






Service Team Members

Spiritual Advisors: Fr. Bernard Dan

Jane Jennings, Coordinator (corbyjane@frontiernet.net)

Sue Waterstraat, Assistant Coordinator (suewater@rochester.rr.com)

Louise Carson, Treasurer (lcarson3@rochester.rr.com)

Betty Bunce Historian (jabe4041@frontiernet.net)

Ann Iten, Secretary (aiten@frontiernet.net)

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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