Welcome  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 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.

Our Next Meal

Saturday, February 14th 2015


Guest Speakers: Carmen Ana Klosterman

About our Speakers:

CarmenCarmen was born in Puerto Rico, she grew up in the Catholic
Church, but strayed from it during her college years. She came to the United States to work at NASA. Then she met and married her husband, Rick, who was instrumental in bringing her back to the Church. They have seven children, whom she homeschooled.

During her life, Carmen Ana has seen God’s hand in action, especially when diagnosed with stage 3 cancer while carrying her seventh child. Now a grandmother of seven, she stays busy at church and home. She has been very involved with the youth and now spends time working with the Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference


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

Prayer ministry available by the Magnificat Service Team.

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


Radisson Hotel, 175 Jefferson Road, NY, USA

Register Now!

To purchase your ticket: Early Registration: $18.00 Postmarked after 2/9: $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 – Register on line with PayPal

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

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 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. 

2015 – 2016  Meals for our Chapter

Location change : Radisson Hotel, 175 Jefferson Road

Carmen Ana Klosterman : Feb. 14th
Monica Pierce : May 30th
Patty Schneier  : Sept. 26th

Bishop Matano Dec. 12th 

Magnificat Breakfast 2015

Feb 14, 2015Carmen Ana Klosterman
May 30, 2015Monica Pierce
September 26, 2015Patty Schneier
December 12, 2015Bishop Matano
Upcoming Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference 
Body, Mind, and Soul
Sign Language Interpretation Provided
Saturday, March 28, 2015
The Aquinas Institute
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

Jane Jennings, (corbyjane@frontiernet.net)

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

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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