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 Prayer Luncheon

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

June 11, 2022

11:15 am – 2:30 pm

Doors open at 11:00 am for open seating

Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral-Smith Hall
6351 No. 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Our Guest Speaker:  Rita Morton

Rita Morton has 25 years of experience in two different worlds. As the director of sales and marketing for a manufacturing company for 22 years, Rita was responsible for all North American professional and collegiate sports markets. As the co-founder of a national women’s ministry, Magis Women. for the past five years, (and a leader in women’s ministries since 2000), she facilitates faith-based study groups, writes and presents retreats; creates courses and related marketing materials, and develops leadership training programs.

In June 2019, Rita became uniquely qualified to help grieving mothers when she suffered the sudden loss of her eldest son Chad. Her experience profoundly transformed her deep spirituality.  After participating in a 30-day silent retreat based on the wisdom tradition of the Spiritual Exercises, Rita’s intense grief lead to her discernment and calling to help other grieving women attain this same kind of healing. Sacred Sorrows launched as a non-profit organization in the spring of 2021.

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 June 4, 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 send complete the registration form below for mail-in reservations only:

Please Mail Registration Form and 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


June 11, 2022


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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