What is Magnificat?
Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women is a private association of the Christian faithful under the jurisdiction of the local ordinary. (Canon 305.2) Its purpose is to help Catholic women to open more and more to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus as Lord and to impart the Holy Spirit to one another by their love, service and sharing the good news of salvation. It thus provides opportunities which will foster a desire to grow in holiness.
What is the Mission of Magnificat?
Magnificat exists to evangelize and to encourage Catholic women to grow in holiness through opening more fully to the power and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Magnificat ministers to those women in and out of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal whose faith in the person of Jesus Christ has allowed them to believe in the activity of God’s spirit in their lives. It also has great appeal to those women who may be struggling with faith or who have lost touch with the Church.
Magnificat (pronounced Mag-nif-e-cot) is the verb in the Latin phrase “Magnificat anima mea Dominum” — “My Soul magnifies the Lord.”
These words recorded in Luke 1:46 are the beginning of Mary’s response to Elizabeth’s joyful greeting. The entire scene of the Visitation is the inspiration for this ministry, which adopts the name of Mary’s hymn of praise and the spirit of this Biblical encounter as its own. Following the example of Mary and Elizabeth, this woman-to-woman ministry within the Roman Catholic Church, attempts to generate a lively faith in God and His action in our lives along with a love for Mary and the Church.
What Does Magnificat Do?
We seek to minister to Catholic women by:
• sponsoring Magnificat Prayer Meals throughout the year, and
• providing other opportunities for spiritual growth, such as retreats, Bible Studies, Life in the Spirit seminars, and Intercessory Prayer Groups.