Welcome from Birmingham, AL
We welcome you to the webpage of the Birmingham, Alabama Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter. 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.
You are invited to attend a retreat with Immaculée
Co-sponsored by the Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter
and St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
August 25-26, 2017
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
80 St. Thomas Way
Montevallo, AL 35115
About Our Speaker: Immaculée Ilibagiza
Immaculée Ilibagiza is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that took the lives of nearly one million Tutsis. Men, women and children, including her entire family except for one of her brothers, were massacred at the hands of Hutu marauders. Immaculée found shelter at a pastor’s home, where she and seven other women hid from the deadly rebel mob in a 3-by-4-foot bathroom for 91 days. During those 91 days of unimaginable suffering, Immaculée found her faith, taught herself English, and most incredibly, committed herself to a life of peace, hope and forgiveness, even for those who had murdered her family.
After the Genocide finally ended, Immaculée found work at the United Nations, emigrating from Rwanda to the United States in 1998. She has gone on to receive five honorary doctoral degrees, write seven books about her faith and her life journey, and is the recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace.
This retreat includes Immaculee’s witness of the power of prayer, miracles of the Rosary, and inspirational music. No one will leave this retreat the same as when they came.
Books and CD’s will be available for purchase at 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.
Option 1: For one person $57.00
Option 2: For one with a guest $76.00
Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Tickets for religious are complimentary
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE:
When you purchase your ticket online, your name will instantly go onto the registration list so you will not receive a ticket beforehand. Registration is non-refundable but is completely transferable.
Mail: Send check payable to Magnificat, postmarked by August 18 to:
Magnificat Retreat Tickets
5220 Crossings Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35242
Tickets for religious are complimentary.
Please call Donna at 205-408-0308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your ticket. A limited number of tickets are available for those needing financial assistance, please call Donna at 205-408-0308.
Hampton Inn: 93 Metro Drive, Calera, AL 35040 205-668-6565
Quality Inn: 357 County Road 304, Calera, AL 35040 205-668-3641
Candlewood Suites: 1004 Balmoral Drive, Alabaster, AL 35007 205-620-0188
Please use this form for Mail-In Reservations ONLY.
Option 1: For one person $57.00
Option 2: For one with a guest $76.00
Registration Form must be postmarked by
August 18, 2017 to receive your confirmation. (cash/check only)
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Magnificat Retreat Tickets
5220 Crossings Parkway
Hoover, AL 35242
UPCOMING MEALS FOR OUR CHAPTER — 2017
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 or
Janet Waters (205) 979-4196
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 9:00 AM – 11:00AM.
Contact Lisa Henderson (205) 540-0213
For more information about other Charismatic Prayer groups, visit Alabama Charismatic Prayer Groups
Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Birmingham (CCROB) Conference
July 28- 29th, 2017
at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center
in the Assembly Hall.
Contact: Ray Makofsky (205) 999-8947
SERVICE TEAM MEMBERS
Virginia Springer, Coordinator
Barbara Cole, Assistant Coordinator
Sarah Young, Recording Secretary
Mary Margaret Rohling, Treasurer
Melanie McNary, 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 email@example.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.
Magnificat – A Ministry to Catholic Women
The story of the Visitation recorded in Luke 1:39-56 provides the inspiration for Magnificat. This Visitation reveals Mary’s disposition of humble service and selfless love for anyone who needs her help. Mary brought joy to her cousin, Elizabeth, because she brought Christ. She invites us to give ourselves happily to people around us and to simply share with them the happiness that overflows from our hearts. The women of Magnificat have experienced the joy of Mary and Elizabeth through a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and feel compelled to share it with their sisters.
Marilyn Quirk, the founding Coordinator of Magnificat in the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1981, has said, “Mary’s beautiful hymn of praise has become the song of many of us who have been involved in Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women.” Born of and nurtured by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Magnificat’s primary mission is to evangelize and help Catholic women grow spiritually into holiness through the power of the Holy Spirit. At the heart of all Magnificat is PRAYER!
Carolyn Wright, the founding Coordinator of the Birmingham Magnificat Chapter, currently serves as a member of the Central Service Team’s Communication Ministry Team and the Southeast Regional Team. Reflecting on the creation of the Birmingham Chapter, Carolyn exclaimed, “The formation of this chapter of Magnificat was nothing short of amazing! It is more than any of us ever imagined or hoped for! It has brought forth fruits of love for The Trinity and Our Lady, as well as support of the Church and her priests. Magnificat Women come together, not only as friends, but as sisters in the Lord.”
Peter Ann Ryan, a close friend of Carolyn, became the first draftee in the discernment process concerning the Magnificat Ministry. She joyfully reminisces, “Over these twenty years, I am still astounded by the gifts of the Holy Spirit as He reveals His plan of love, encouragement and affection in the response of those coming to Magnificat. The awesome “coincidences” that occur between and among faith-filled women, prove the presence of a good and gracious God … touching and uplifting His children.”
The first Magnificat Prayer Meal in Alabama was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Birmingham on February 17, 1996 with Sister Briege McKenna, O.S.C. as the speaker. There were 500 women in attendance. Olga Coburn, who has been on the service team since its inception, also participated in this first meal. Using her gifts of leadership in the Charismatic Renewal, Olga was delegated by the Lord to give His word to the women at the Magnificat Meals. With a grateful heart, Olga proclaims that, “My joy is from being the Lord’s instrument, especially in Magnificat, to pronounce His prophetic word to the women He has called to be present. From the beginning He has blessed this ministry, which became manifested on that first breakfast with Sister Briege proclaiming His works and healing, including my right hand. Through His Mother, Mary, He continues to bless and use women to further His Kingdom.”
Magnificat events are held four times a year on or near a feast of Our Lady. The program includes a shared meal, praise and worship led by music volunteers, a speaker who shares God’s work in her life, intercessory prayer and the availability of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the end of the gathering. Kathy MacInnis, current Coordinator of the Magnificat Central Service Team says, “At each meal, a woman gives her testimony of how the Lord God has touched her life in an extraordinary way with His grace. The women in attendance come to understand that what God has done for that speaker, He can also do for them. This is a source of freedom and empowerment!” This witness of God’s action and mercy in the speaker’s life focuses on hope in the midst of adversity and brings to life the scripture quote: “They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Rev 12:11
The Service Team of Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter invites and welcomes the women of the Birmingham Diocese to come and experience Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth. Attend a Magnificat meal, a place where Jesus touches hearts. It is also a place that feels like “going home,” where everyone is loved and accepted by other like-minded women looking to become closer to God.
On February 6, 2016, the Birmingham Chapter of Magnificat celebrated its 20th Anniversary at Our Lady of the Valley Social Hall in Birmingham with our spiritual advisor, Bishop Emeritus David E. Foley, as our speaker. Bishop Foley’s love and devotion to the Blessed Mother is emphasized in the following prayer he has written, “O Mary, Mother of Christ and Mother of our Catholic Church, may all women of the world take you as their model of what it means to be a woman. May you, who are Woman of Faith, lead us by the power of the Spirit to a new evangelization of the world. Amen.”
Since its humble beginning in New Orleans in 1981, Magnificat has become an international outreach to women that has touched thousands of lives. It has spread to 105 chapters encompassing the United States, the Caribbean Islands, Canada, Malta, Poland, Ireland, Dominica and Uganda.