AZ, Phoenix

Welcome from Phoenix, AZ.

We welcome you to the webpage of Mary, Cause of Our Joy Phoenix Arizona 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. Our Chapter also has a website at Mary Cause of our Joy

Magnificat Ladies Luncheon

Hosted by the Mary, Cause of Our Joy Chapter of Magnificat

December 3, 2022

11:15 am – 2:30 pm

Doors open at 11:00 am for open seating

St. Helen’s Catholic Parish
5510 W. Cholla St.
Glendale, AZ 85304

Our Guest Speaker:  Catherine Cato

Cathy moved to Arizona from California in 1986 to be with her mother.  Her mom was no longer to be alone.  Her transfer from Safeway failed so she went to work for a travel agency as a tour guide.  Later she took a job as a courier.  Cathy’s mother was in the beginning stages of dementia and had to be watched.  Later, her mother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.  Her mother was rushed to the hospital in 1989, she had to find a job to spend more time at home.  She looked into services for seniors and found the Maricopa County health aid services.  For the first year she worked outside the home. Another aid was sent to help her mother.  After a year the program approved family members and Cathy was able to stay home.

She started with the beginnings of a non-profit called Shoebox Ministry.  She helped the Ministry by fund raising and promotion, while working at home.  During years with Shoebox, she was a member, a board member and president of the board.  She resigned  after 26+ years but her heart is still with them.

She returned to school in 1999 and achieved a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling in 2004.  She also began working for the Supreme Court of Arizona as a juvenile probation officer with Maricopa County Juvenile Probation in 1999.

Cathy retired in 2011 after 20 years with the county and now keeps herself busy with church activities as a  volunteer.  The main love of hers is Magnificat, a diocesan ministry in Phoenix.  She makes herself available to other ministries if needed.  Her fulfillment in life in this stage of her life is giving of herself in wherever the Lord sees fit and helping when needed.

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

Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal by the Magnificat Prayer Ministry and the Diocese of Phoenix CRM (Catholic Renewal Ministries) Prayer Teams.

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.

Tickets & Reservations

Deadline for tickets is Nov. 29, 2022.

Online Tickets
Tickets to the Prayer Breakfast are $18.00 +$1.82 secure site service fee and may be obtained by clicking on “Eventbrite” below:

For Registration by Mail:
Please Mail check for $18 per person, payable to “Magnificat” to:
Magnificat Tickets
c/o Esther Ramirez
10604 N 53rd Ave
Glendale, AZ 85304
623-565-0304 (checks only, please include your e-mail in your correspondence.)

No tickets are sold at the door.
Tickets are $18 and must be purchased in advance to secure your reservation. Your check will serve as your receipt and for all registrations, we will have an electronic record of your purchase and your name tag at the door.
Tickets for priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters are complimentary, but reservations are required. Contact our co-coordinator, Cathy Cato at 480-364-5209.

If you are unable to afford a ticket but want to attend the meal, please email Maureen Kight will be made for your ticket.  E-mail is:


December 3, 2022, at St. Helen’s Catholic Parish, 5510 W. Cholla St., Glendale, AZ Speaker; Catherine Cato, Co-Coordinator of Phoenix Magnificat.

March 18, 2023, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E. Knox Rd, Phoenix, AZ  Speaker; Roberta Bazaldua, Coordinator of Marriage Preparation, Annulments at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic, Church and Coordinator of the Catholic Women’s Conference.

June 19, 2023, at St. Elizabeth Seton Roman Catholic Church, 9728 W. Palmeras Dr., Sun City, AZ,      Speaker, TBA


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 14th 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.

Our diocesan prayer groups are open to all.  Please click link for info for the Diocese of Phoenix at this website Catholic Renewal Ministries


Maureen Kight, Coordinator
Cathy Cato, Assistant Coordinator
Sharon Wnuk, Secretary
Esther Ramirez, Treasurer
Yolanda Carozza, Historian
Fr. John Ssegawa,Spiritual Advisor

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 Maureen Kight at

To visit our Chapter’s website, click here:   Mary Cause of our Joy

To visit our Facebook page, please click here: Phoenix Chapter Facebook Page

HISTORY of Mary, Cause of Our Joy Chapter

[Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona] Est. 2010

The spark for the Phoenix Chapter of Magnificat came on the evening of September 19th, 2010. It all began when founding Coordinator, Laurie Walsh met Carolyn Wright who gave her a brochure at a Charismatic Conference in Phoenix.  Laurie had just retired and was at the conference specifically asking God, “Do you want me to start a ministry?” Within moments, Carolyn who was a total stranger up to that moment, was prompted by the Holy Spirit to hand Laurie the Magnificat Ministry brochure.

From that day on, Laurie, Holly Burke and Cathy Cato began holding discernment meetings in the Diocesan Offices in Phoenix. They completed all of the requirements to become a Chapter and during this time, many women came in and out of the meetings.  Just before the first meal, Mary called the two women, Maureen Kight and Sharon Wnuk, who would come aboard to complete the service team of five women.

The inaugural meal was held five years to the day after the meeting took place between Laurie Walsh and Carolyn Wright; Sept. 19, 2015.  Carolyn flew out from her chapter in Birmingham, AL to surprise the team and be in attendance. The first speaker was the regional representative, Barbara Serba, and spirits soared throughout the entire weekend.

Barbara purchased a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima as a gift to the new chapter and under her patronage, wonderful things came to pass. With a turnout at the first meal of over 200 women, and over 300 at the most recent in May of 2017. The Advisory Team began to form.  Soon there were regular attendees who were signing up to work within the various committees.

While the early days were very challenging, the women were shown at every turn, that this work is the work of Our Blessed Mother. There were many miracles, signs and wonders along the journey.  The bond established within the team under the mantle of Our Lady Cause of Our Joy is a treasure that has grown stronger and sweeter over time.  A gradual but truly wonderful transformation takes place once one sets her hand to the plow in Mary’s lovely garden.

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