AL, Birmingham

Welcome from Birmingham, AL

We welcome you to the webpage of the Birmingham, Alabama Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter. These are exciting times that we live in and Magnificat was begun in 1981 for such a time as this. There are now over 105 Chapters throughout the United States and its territories and in many foreign countries.

 Magnificat Prayer Breakfast

Hosted by the Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter

Saturday, April 15, 2023

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Doors open at 9:15 a.m.
The Rosary will be prayed at 9:00 a.m. in an adjoining room


Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall
1728 Oxmoor Road  Birmingham, AL 35209


Guest Speaker:  Michelle Laque Johnson

“For I know the plans I have for you.“ declares the Lord,  “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,     plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11


Michelle Laque Johnson compares her experiences with the suffering and death of loved ones to walking “the Way of the Cross” with Jesus.  Her humble trust and faith in the “One who loves you more than you love yourself,” carried her through a heartbreaking eight-year caregiving journey with her husband.

Michelle was married to Stuart Johnson for 35 years before he died of cancer.  Even while working a full time job, she was her husband’s sole caregiver as he suffered through a leg amputation and the devastation of becoming a quadriplegic.  As hard as it was, this journey deepened their love for each other!

Michelle has more than 30 years of journalism and communications experience.  She currently serves as Director of Communications for EWTN.   She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University.  Michelle is a fully professed Secular Carmelite and the author of Walking the Way of the Cross for Caregivers.   This book shows how to cope practically, emotionally and spiritually when a loved one has a serious illness.  Autographed copies will be available for purchase at the meal.

Please have breakfast with us and listen to Michelle describe her journey as she “Walked the Way of the Cross” and continues to walk with God and experience His love, mercy and grace.

Autographed copies of Walking the Way of the Cross for Caregivers will be available for purchase at the meal

Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal
Confessions will be available at the end of the meal.
Magnificat Proclaims books and CD’s of previous Speakers’ testimonies are available for purchase.

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.


Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Ticket price includes a delicious catered breakfast!


Online: Ticket order link
Online payment is available for $21.00 (includes the convenience fee) using PayPal with a credit or debit card.  You do not need to have a PayPal account.  You may also purchase additional tickets for any guests you would like to bring to the meal.  When your transaction is complete you may print your online ticket from your computer.


Click on, print and complete the form below (include the names and phone numbers of other ticket holders in your group). Reservations CANNOT be accepted after April 10, 2023.


Please Mail Reservation Form, a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a check for $20 per person, payable to “Magnificat” to:
Magnificat Tickets
5220 Crossings Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35242

Tickets for priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters are complimentary.
Please call Donna at 205-408-0308 or email to reserve your ticket.  For an accurate head count, complimentary tickets must be reserved.

If you are unable to afford a ticket but want to attend the meal, please call Donna and arrangements will be made for a ticket to be sent to you.


August 26  Breakfast at St. Elias Parish Hall   Speaker: TBA

October 5-8 Magnificat 17th International Leaders’ Conference  Hyatt Regency, Pittsburgh International  Airport.  Pittsburgh, PA  Go to and click on “Conference 2023”

October 28   Breakfast at St. Elias Parish Hall   Speaker: Samantha Ryan Wadsworth


May 20th, Saturday –  “I Thirst” conference at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville. This is one of a series of conferences taking place around the country this year and next as part of the national Eucharistic Revival the bishops’ conference has called for. One of the last things Jesus said on the Cross – “I thirst”. He thirsts for our souls. For repentance. For reparation. For conversion. This is going to be a dynamic event, with both an English and a Spanish track.  This is going to be revival, Catholic style. Holy Spirit-inspired and centered around the Eucharist. Please make plans to come.

2023 Catholic Charismatic Conference at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center. July 21-22. Sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Birmingham.  Speakers include Fr. James Blount, Fr. Eric Gami, and Teresa Ragussa.  Mass celebrated by Fr. Paul Asih and Fr. James Hedderman.

Diocesan women’s retreat, September 29/30, at Our Lady of the Valley parish in Birmingham. Retreat leader: Immaculee Ilibagiza. A day of Prayer, Healing and Forgiveness. This retreat includes Immaculee’s witness of the power of prayer, miracles of the Rosary, and inspirational music. No one will leave this retreat the same as when they came.


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Virginia Springer, Coordinator  205-217-2228
Assistant Coordinator TBA
Sarah Young,  Secretary
Mary Margaret Rohling, Treasurer
Sally Smith, Historian
Olga Coburn, Service Team Member
Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Eric Gami Kotem

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


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 2nd 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.

Rejoice in the Lord Prayer Group
Meets Wednesdays at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center Library at 1:30 PM.
Contact Olga Coburn (205) 822-4366 or Janet Waters (205) 979-4196

Magnify the Lord Charismatic Prayer Group
Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at Our Lady of Sorrows Family Life Center Library
at 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
Contact Lisa Henderson (205) 784-6273 or Donna Chmielarski (205) 408-0308

Fire of the Spirit
Thursday, 7:00 pm (Except the 2nd Thursday of the month) and on Zoom
Saint Aloysius Church
751 Academy Drive
Bessemer, Al 35022
Contact: Kathy Tortorice 205-531-0930,

Mustard Seed Prayer Group
1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Chapel
1301 Golden Springs Road
Anniston, Al. 36207
Contact: Allen and Sally Smith 256-835-9930

For more information about other Charismatic Prayer groups, visit Alabama Charismatic Prayer Groups


HISTORY of Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter of Magnificat.  Celebrating our 27th year.

Carolyn Wright, the founding Coordinator of the Birmingham Magnificat Chapter, currently serves as a member of the Central Service Team’s Communication Ministry Team and the Southeast Regional Service Team in Communications. Reflecting on the creation of the Birmingham Chapter, Carolyn exclaimed, “The formation of this Chapter of Magnificat was nothing short of amazing! It is more than any of us ever imagined or hoped for! It has brought forth fruits of love for The Trinity and Our Lady, as well as support of the Church and her priests. Magnificat Women come together, not only as friends, but as sisters in the Lord.”

Peter Ann Ryan, a close friend of Carolyn, became the first draftee in the discernment process concerning the Magnificat Ministry. She joyfully reminisces, “Over these twenty-seven years, I am still astounded by the gifts of the Holy Spirit as He reveals His plan of love, encouragement and affection in the response of those coming to Magnificat. The awesome “coincidences” that occur between and among faith-filled women, prove the presence of a good and gracious God … touching and uplifting His children.”

The first Magnificat Prayer Meal in Alabama was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Birmingham on February 17, 1996 with Sister Briege McKenna, O.S.C. as the speaker. There were 500 women in attendance. Olga Coburn, who has been on the service team since its inception, also participated in this first meal. Using her gifts of leadership in the Charismatic Renewal, Olga was delegated by the Lord to give His word to the women at the Magnificat Meals. With a grateful heart, Olga proclaims that, “My joy is from being the Lord’s instrument, especially in Magnificat, to pronounce His prophetic word to the women He has called to be present.  From the beginning He has blessed this ministry, which became manifested on that first breakfast with Sister Briege proclaiming His works and healing, including my right hand. Through His Mother, Mary, He continues to bless and use women to further His Kingdom.”

Magnificat events are held four times a year on or near a feast of Our Lady. The program includes a shared meal, praise and worship led by music volunteers, a speaker who shares God’s work in her life, intercessory prayer and the availability of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the end of the gathering. Kathy MacInnis, retired Coordinator of the Magnificat Central Service Team says, “At each meal, a woman gives her testimony of how the Lord God has touched her life in an extraordinary way with His grace. The women in attendance come to understand that what God has done for that speaker, He can also do for them. This is a source of freedom and empowerment!” This witness of God’s action and mercy in the speaker’s life focuses on hope in the midst of adversity and brings to life the scripture quote: “They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Rev 12:11

The Service Team of Mary, Woman of Faith Chapter invites and welcomes the women of the Birmingham Diocese to come and experience Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth. Attend a Magnificat meal, a place where Jesus touches hearts. It is also a place that feels like “going home,” where everyone is loved and accepted by other like-minded women looking to become closer to God.

On February 6, 2016, the Birmingham Chapter of Magnificat celebrated its 20th Anniversary at Our Lady of the Valley Social Hall in Birmingham with our Spiritual Advisor, Bishop Emeritus David E. Foley, as our speaker. Bishop Foley’s love and devotion to the Blessed Mother is emphasized in the following prayer he has written, “O Mary, Mother of Christ and Mother of our Catholic Church, may all women of the world take you as their model of what it means to be a woman. May you, who are Woman of Faith, lead us by the power of the Spirit to a new evangelization of the world. Amen.”

Since its humble beginning in New Orleans in 1981, Magnificat has become an international outreach to women that has touched thousands of lives. It has spread to over 105 chapters encompassing the United States, the Caribbean Islands, Canada, Malta, Poland, Ireland, Dominica and Uganda.

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