CA, Palm Desert

Welcome from Palm Desert, CA

We welcome you to the webpage of Palm Desert, CA, Our Lady’s Desert Roses 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 Meal

Our Lady’s Desert Roses, Palm Desert Chapter

Saturday, September 16, 2017

9:30am – 12:30pm

Open seating. Plan to arrive about 9:00 am.


Indian Wells Country Club
46000 Club Drive
Indian Wells, CA 92210

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Carol Razza

Carrying Wounds from the Past?
In order to protect ourselves from hurt, many of us unknowingly block ourselves off from God and from each other.  Our speaker, Dr. Carol Razza, will share how the Holy Spirit transformed her from being a painfully shy child, with a poor self-image, into a joy-filled, confident follower of Jesus Christ.  And the Holy Spirit wants the same for us!

A licensed psychotherapist, Dr. Carol is the author of two powerful books: Sonblock – How Christians Unknowingly Shield Themselves from Grace, and Parent Me…Please (helping parents parent their adolescents).

Faculty member and Formation Director at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary, she also serves on the Advisory Boards for Magnificat’s Central Service Team and the National Catholic Charismatic Council.  She is a seminar, retreat and conference presenter, both nationally and internationally.

Come and hear her story of transforming love, and be renewed with God’s Spirit!  Bring a friend!

Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal.
Religious books and CD’s may be available at the meal.

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


Cost: $28 per person if postmarked by 9/9/17. Use form below to mail in reservation.

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All Clergy & Religious are Complimentary – Call (760) 902-7395 to confirm your attendance.

Please Print This Reservation Form and mail it with $28.00 per person to:
42-215 Washington St., Ste. A #403
Palm Desert, CA  92211

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  • For questions or reservations: call Janice Shepherd 760-902-7395
  • Your check will serve as your receipt.
  • Your name tag serves as your ticket and it will be available at the door.
  • Open seating. Plan to arrive about 9:00 am.
  • Diocesan Approval by Bishop Gerald R. Barnes
  • Spiritual Director:  Fr. Michael Barry, SS.CC.


Future Meals for our Chapter in 2017:

December 9 –  Speaker TBA


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 10th of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Family, and World Peace.

Service Team Members

Angela Ponder, OFS, Coordinator
Noreen Fortier, Asst Coordinator
Lenora Grimaud, Asst. Coordinator
Esther Guillen, Secretary
Marie King, Treasurer
Madelene Balloy, Historian

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 or visit our website at

HISTORY of the Our Lady’s Desert Roses Chapter

[for the Diocese of San Bernardino]

On the Feast of the Visitation, May 31, 2003, five women gathered together to pray and discern the possibility of establishing a chapter of Magnificat in the Diocese of San Bernardino. Those in attendance sensed the Lord was placing this ministry upon their hearts. Although no public advertisements were made, the Lord continued  to expand what would soon become the chapter’s first Advisory Team. This group continued to meet as women were personally invited to  join the discernment efforts. Before long, close to fifty women  were meeting monthly at the home of Donna Ross for praise, prayer,  discernment and fellowship. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and the spiritual direction of Fr. Mike Barry, SS.CC., the women continued to pray, fast and sacrifice for the establishment of this beautiful ministry. On June 3, 2005, Our Lady’s Desert Roses received formal approval from Bishop Gerald Barnes. On Saturday morning, October 15, 2005, the first prayer meal was held at the Desert Springs Marriott with over 500 women in attendance! Praise God!