FL, St. Petersburg

Welcome from St. Petersburg, FL!

We welcome you to the webpage of the St. Petersburg Magnificat Chapter. These are exciting times that we live in. Magnificat began 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.

Magnificat Meal

Sponsored by the St. Petersburg Chapter of Magnificat

Saturday, September 16, 2017

9:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Mass will be celebrated at 8:15 AM in the Chapel

Please join us on this very special May morning, 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.


Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle
Parish Hall
5815 Fifth Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710


Featured Speaker: Barbara Cowne, BSN, RN, FCPI

The journey of the human heart back to God can take many twists and turns. For some it is a direct route without any misdirection or U-turns. For Barbara Cowne, her heart’s journey veered off track more than once while her internal GPS sent her a signal…”Recalculating.” Barbara was raised without God in her life. As a teen she explored the wasteland of drugs. By 17, she realized that the drugs could not fill the hole in her heart. Thus, she began her journey back to God.

Though admittedly in need of healing from her early life experiences, she did not immediately submit to God, but chose to go her own way and then expected God to bless it. This led her to more pain and deeper wounds. She had no remedy for what ailed her. However, as a nurse, Barbara learned that a festering wound has to be opened up and exposed to be healed from the inside out. She prayed for healing and deliverance. She prayed for wisdom and truth. She was able to bring her wound into God’s light and heal it.

Barbara now dedicates her work to God as a nurse sonographer and lay counselor at Catholic Charities Foundation of Life Pregnancy Centers. She is presently completing an internship as a Natural Family Planning Practitioner using the Creighton Model System of NFP.

“But for you who fear my name there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays. And you will gambol like calves out of the stall.” Mal.3:20

Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal by the Magnificat Service Team.
Religious books and CD’s are available for purchase after the meal.

Since the day is designed to speak to the hearts of women, free of distractions, it is respectfully requested that young children under the age of 14 not be in attendance. ADULT DAUGHTERS AND GRANDDAUGHTERS ARE WELCOME!


Tickets to the Prayer Breakfast are $16.00 and may be obtained from our ticket chairwoman, Linda Barron. Please send your name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number, and email address (include the names and phone numbers of other ticket holders in your group), with your check made out to Magnificat to:

You may wish to print out the form below to send in to reserve your space. Your name will be on the list at the door. No tickets will be sold at the door. We must receive your check and reservation by September 11, 2017, in order to reserve your place.

If you are unable to afford a ticket but want to attend the meal, please contact us at magnificatofstpetersburg@gmail.com  and arrangements will be made for a ticket to be sent to you.
Ticket sales end September 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM. 
No tickets are sold at the door.

Please use this form for mail-in reservations.

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16.00 per person by mail; registration form must be received by September 11, 2017 to reserve your space. (check only)

Name ________________________________________________

Guest(s) Name ______________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________

City ___________________________ State ______ Zip __________

Phone # ____________________

Email (Please print clearly) ______________________________

Enclosed is $ ________________ for _______________ Number of Reservations.

Checks should be made out to “Magnificat.”

Please mail this reservation form and $16.00 per person to:

Cathy Schwartz
7403 45th Avenue N
Lot 112
St. Petersburg, FL 33709


December 9, 2017 — Speaker: Fr. Daniel Bowen, O deM
The Bayou Club

February 17, 2018 — Speaker: TBA
The Cathedral of St. Jude

May 5, 2018 — Speaker: Carol Hallock
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pinellas Park


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 13th of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Family, and World Peace.


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.

Presence of God Prayer Group
Holy Cross Church – St. Petersburg
Tuesdays at 7:30 PM

Light of Christ Charismatic Prayer Group
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church – Largo
Parish Center
Wednesdays at 7 PM

Fire in the Spirit Prayer Group
Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle – St. Petersburg
Thursdays at 7:30 PM


Kathy Bolich, Coordinator
Jane Swan, Assistant Coordinator
Lucinda Moore, Historian
Linda Barron, Treasurer
Interim Spiritual Advisor: Fr. George Iregi, Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Gulfport, FL

If you would like to help with the 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  magnificatofstpetersburg@gmail.com.

HISTORY of Magnificat of St. Petersburg

The origin of our Magnificat Ministry came from New Orleans. Since it was born of the Holy Spirit, the Magnificat Ministry grew and spread and found it’s way to Tampa, Florida.

Helen Piazza heard about the Tampa breakfast and planned to attend. She invited Arlene Diaco, who was grieving the recent death of her mother, to attend with her. The speaker at that meeting was none other than Marilyn Quirk, one of the founders of the New Orleans Magnificat. Arlene and Helen had a wonderful morning and in thanksgiving, stayed at their table at the close of the breakfast and prayed their rosary. They were so filled with the Holy Spirit that they asked Marilyn that day how they could receive information about bringing the Magnificat to Pinellas County. Marilyn told them about a process that they would need to follow to bring the ministry to Pinellas, and it was a long process.  But another woman at the breakfast had already started the process and then had discerned that she could not complete the task, so she gave the Magnificat Handbook to them. They went home and called their friends Mary Mallette and Helen Ezzo and asked them to assist with the planning and implementation of a Magnificat. The four friends started calling other friends for assistance with the various committees needed to put on a Magnificat Breakfast. Word of the new ministry for women spread among the local community and Elsie Miller and Fran Wolfe decided to attend. Elsie and Fran arrived at the next planning meeting, thinking that it was the event. They offered their talents and the original service team for the St. Petersburg Magnificat was born.

The formation of the St. Petersburg Chapter was not as long as the Central Service team of New Orleans had planned. The Holy Spirit led our original service team and encouraged them and sent them the support and resources that they needed. The original service team of St. Petersburg was a group of faith-filled women whose belief in the promises of Christ overflowed into joy and action. They did not think about whether they had the talent, the connections, or the money to bring a new ministry to our area. They stepped out in faith and imitated the visitation as they brought Jesus to the catholic women in Pinellas County.

Previous St. Petersburg Magnificat Breakfast Photos

Click HERE to view all the pictures from our Magnificat Prayer Breakfast on May 14, 2016.

Click HERE to listen to Fr. George’s talk on May 14, 2016.