NY, Rochester

Welcome from Rochester, NY!

We welcome you to the webpage of Rochester, NY Spouse of the Holy Spirit 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 Breakfast

Hosted by the Spouse of the Holy Spirit Chapter of Magnificat


Saturday, April 14, 2018

9:00 am – noon

Open seating, please arrive early.


New Location:
Diplomat Banquet Center
1 Diplomat Way (off Lyell Ave)
Rochester, NY


Guest Speaker: Dr. Karen Dalton

Karen Dalton, MD converted to the Catholic faith from a life of secular humanism in 1993 and has never looked back. She felt called to change the focus of her career in 2011 after moving to Rochester. She received certification in 2013 to become a NaproTechnology Medical Consultant. She currently is the Director of the Gianna Syracuse Center for Women’s Health and Fertility, where she sees patients on Fridays. She also works three days a week at Grace Family Medicine in Rochester doing both primary care and NaproTechnology consultations. She and her husband have 3 (nearly) grown children and are facing, for the first time in 23 years, the ‘empty nest’ syndrome.

Women are welcome to come to the breakfast and learn more about how the Lord has been leading them in their journey.

“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Pope Paul VI, ““On Evangelization in the Modern World”
“Glorify the Lord with me. Let us together extol His name.” Psalm 34:4

Prayer ministry available.
8:00 a.m. Confessions
8:30 a.m. Seating begins
9:30 a.m. to Noon. – Program
12:00 Confession and Personal Prayer


Register Now!

To purchase your ticket: Early Registration: $20.00 Postmarked after 9/2: $22.00. Students: $12.00. Clergy and Religious: Complimentary. Please register!

Your check will serve as your receipt. Pre-Registration required. No tickets sold at the door — Or use PayPal on our website:
Your ticket will be your Name Tag at the registration table the morning of the breakfast.
Sorry, no reserved tables. Please don’t let cost keep you away — call Kathy Murty 585-436-1284

Your name-tag serves as your ticket and it will be available at the door. Donations are also accepted to assist others in attending our meal.

Mail-in registration: registration form.

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Please Mail Reservation Form and check payable to “Magnificat” to:

Magnificat Rochester
PO Box 24787
Rochester, NY 14624


April 14, 2018 – Dr. Karen Dalton
September 8, 2018 – Fr. William Moorby
December 1, 2018 – Liz and Kent Gilges

Upcoming Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference

Please join Magnificat on our Day of Prayer, the 21st of each month, as we lift up our hearts to the Lord for the intentions of New Pentecost, Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, our Beloved Priests and Religious and Families.


Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Bernard Dan
Louise Carson – Coordinator
Ann Iten -Assistant Coordinator
Karen Chin – Treasurer
Jeanne Walker – Secretary
Betty Bunce – Historian / Hospitality

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:  MagnificatRochester@frontier.com

HISTORY of Spouse of the Holy Spirit Chapter

[Rochester NY]

Nineteen years ago, God planted a seed in the heart and mind of a spirit-filled woman named Gert Amesbury from St. Pius X parish in the Rochester, NY Diocese. She learned of Magnificat, a ministry to Catholic women, from a program shown on the Catholic TV Network EWTN. With great enthusiasm, she began the work to establish Magnificat in Rochester. After facing many obstacles, Gert concluded that perhaps the time was not yet right for Rochester. Many years later, another spirit-filled woman, Pat Smith, rediscovered Magnificat while vacationing in Florida and was inspired to bring it back home to Rochester.

In October 1997, a small group of women, including Gert and Pat, came together to form a service team to study the Magnificat movement and to establish the necessary criteria for diocesan approval and incorporation with the National Team. After much study, prayer, and discernment by the women of the Service Team, Bishop Matthew Clark approved Magnificat-Rochester on June 5, 1998. The team met weekly in prayer, song, personal sharing, and the rosary and soon the Holy Spirit’s gifts became evident as each woman discovered what responsibility the Lord wanted her to take up.

In 1999, a letter was sent out to 40 women inviting them to join in this mission. Although only one woman responded, the team moved forward to plan a retreat focused on how the Holy Spirit works in the Church and in our lives. Thirty women attended and they became the base upon which the team began to build. Some of the team attended a retreat at Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio, and they brought back inspiration from the Holy Spirit in the form a scripture passage (Luke 5:4-11): “put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Armed with this scripture passage, two members of the Service Team went to Mario’s Restaurant to book a date for the first Magnificat-Rochester breakfast. With no money, they stepped out in faith, trusted the Holy Spirit, booked the space, and began planning. That first breakfast had 240 guests and the room was full to overflowing. Their nets were full!