KY, Lexington

Welcome from Lexington, KY.

We welcome you to the webpage of Mary’s Garden Lexington, Kentucky Chapter of Magnificat. 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.

Magnificat Prayer Breakfast

Hosted by the Mary’s Garden Lexington Diocese Chapter of Magnificat


Saturday, August, 25, 2018

9:00 am – noon

There will be an optional Mass at 8:00 am at Pax Christi Church
Lexington, KY 40514
Everyone is Welcomed


Breakfast Location:
Pax Christi Church Parish Hall (Basement)
4001 Victoria Way
Lexington, KY 40514


Guest Speaker: Nita Clarke

Nita Clarke, mother, wife, banker, educator and a United States Navy veteran is an accomplished author, who studied English/Journalism at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a graduate of Lexington Theological Seminary with a degree in Pastoral Studies.   She is a Nullity Advocate and a parishioner at St. Peter Claver where she serves as the Director of Religious Education, RCIA instructor, Director of CCD and Catholic Youth Organization.   In 2012, Nita was awarded a Diocesan Leadership Award by Bishop Gainer.  Nita’s service extends beyond the Church.  She served during the Vietnam-era, was a radio announcer in Louisiana for almost ten years, and later worked at Central Bank & Trust Company Lexington, where she retired in 2006.  Previously married to the now deceased Jerome Clarke, a US Marine, Nita is the proud mother of Michael and Michele, and a devoted grandmother of ten.

Nita’s world was considerably shaken by the suicide of her beloved father, who served our country in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.  The suicide devastated and plagued her with depression and numerous unanswered questions.  Did he make a suicide pact with his other Vietnam Veterans?  Was there something the family could have done to prevent it?

How did Nita survive the aftermath of this tragedy? How did she find strength?   How do you help loved ones, battling suicidal ideation?

Come hear how God, in His infinite mercy, sustained and provided for her during this ordeal including some heavenly sentiments.

Come proclaim the greatness and mercy of God with Nita Clarke, as she reminds us that God’s mercy and provision is for all of us.

We do not assign seats so arrive early to check in at the Reservation Table and find seat(s) before the program begins.

Prayer teams are available following the meal.

Religious materials including CD’s of past talks, will be available at our Product table.


To make your reservation send a $12.00 check payable to “Magnificat” early in advance before 08/18/2018 and mail to:

DeeDee Simon
1641 Linstead Dr.
Lexington, KY 40504.  

 Bring a food item per your last name:

 A-F:  Casseroles/meat items/cheese items

G-M: Coffeecakes/Muffins/Mini Bagels/Doughnuts

N-Z: Fruit (cut up and ready to serve)

You may also pay at the door. However once the Hall reaches its capacity reservations will no more be accepted. We do encourage all to make reservation in advance.

Donation to help others attend is also welcomed.

Questions? Contact Nkechi Amadife at or call her at (859)879-9433 or e-mail Pat Hunt at


February 24 – Speaker: Dr. Nancy Mullen

April 28 – Speaker: Vickie Kain Fister

August 25 – Speaker: Nita Clarke (See biography above)

November 10 – Speaker: Ann Mudd


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 27th of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, Our Beloved Priests, Marriage & Family, and World Peace.


Is God calling you to be in a Prayer Group or start one with the blessing of your Pastor? Jesus said “Wherever two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in their midst.” Our prayer groups are open to all.

Personal Prayer Ministry
Prays with individuals following The Magnificat Breakfast.
Contact Donna Goodman and the rest of the team at the Breakfast during prayer ministry.

Charismatic and Intercessory Prayer Information:

Contact Laura Westbrook at

Queen of Peace Prayer Group
meets on Thursday at 6:30 pm, inside the Church at
Cathedral of Christ the King. 299 Colony Blvd. Lexington, KY 40502-2322
Contact the Church for Dolly Terek at 859.268.2861

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary
meets on Wednesday at 7:00pm inside the Church Cry Room
St. Leo Parish, Versailles, KY 40383
Contact the Church at 859.873.4573

Join a Prayer Group in your Parish.  In the absence of one, work with your Pastor to start one.  Stay “plugged in” until our next Magnificat Prayer Breakfast.


Nkechi Amadife: Coordinator
Pat Hunt: Asst. Coordinator
Ellen Grisanti: Secretary
Laura Westbrook: Treasurer

Spiritual Adviser – Fr Steve Roberts.

For more information about Magnificat, contact Nkechi Amadife at or call 859-879-9433.

To be added to our Mailing List, send an email to Nkechi Amadife 

HISTORY of Mary’s Garden Chapter, Lexington Diocese, KY

[Chapter Established in 1994]

Mary’s Garden Lexington Chapter Magnificat was started and named by Lynn Northram.  The desire for such a Ministry consumed her until its fruition.  The pioneer Service Team members were: Lynn Northram, Judy Paternostro, Anne Sension, Linda Harris, Lou Mattone, and Pat Rupinen.

After formation, the very first Magnificat Breakfast was held on March 26, 1994 at the former Convent at Christ the King in Lexington.  The first Magnificat Speaker was Nancy Shuman, and about thirty women were in attendance.

Decades later, the chapter is growing strong.  As at the year 2017 to date Service Team members are: Nkechi Amadife –Coordinator; Pat Hunt –Asst. Coordinator; Ellen Grisanti -Secretary; Laura Westbrook – Treasurer.   The Chapter’s Spiritual Adviser is Fr Steve Roberts.   The Chapter celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2014 as it looks forward to its upcoming Silver Jubilee.