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, February 10, 2018

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:  Diane Bates

Come listen to a tender love story as Diane Bates shares how she went from being in control and in a pressure-driven career as a research chemist, to having a difficult cross when she learns her youngest is autistic. Through Our Lady’s intercession, the Lord draws her back to her Catholic faith, and in lesson plans teaches her daily dependence on His grace. Through many painful and challenging lessons, the Lord changes her and her family for the good. Through placing her focus on the Lord, she eventually becomes a founding member of the Magnificat Chapter in Grapevine, Texas and is currently Assistant Coordinator for the Magnificat Central Service Team, which oversees 87 chapters worldwide. Her testimony has aired on EWTN radio and Women of Grace television, and is included in the book,

Magnificat Proclaims. Join us and see how God continues to transform Diane through His “lesson plans”.


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 2/3/18. 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

Name ________________________________________________

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Address ______________________________________________

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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 2018:

June 2            Speaker – To be announced                                                                                                            September 8   Speaker – To be announced                                                                                                                    December 8    Speaker – To be announced


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
Esther Guilen, Secretary
Marie King, Treasurer

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

(Mother 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!