CA, Palm Desert

Welcome from Palm Desert, CA

We welcome you to the webpage of Palm Desert, CA, Our Lady’s Desert Roses 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. Our Lady’s Desert Roses Chapter also has a website at

Magnificat Meal

Hosted by Our Lady’s Desert Roses Chapter

Saturday, December 10, 2022

9:00am – 12:00 pm

Desert Willow Golf Resort
38995 Desert Willow Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

About Our Speaker: Sara Ford

“How do you put back together a broken heart when some of the pieces are missing?”

Sara Ford, a cradle catholic, was born and raised in Southern California. She now lives in Las Vegas with her husband Jerry and her son Joshua and family. In 2016 she became a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) Western USA Lieutenancy, Las Vegas Council. The Order had its beginnings around the time of the crusades. She is now serving on Magnificat’s Central Service Team working in the area of chapter formation and currently holds the position of assistant coordinator.

Sara has experienced both tremendous sorrow and blessings in her life and in the year 2000 found herself lost, alone and in a deep depression. She asked herself and others “How do I put back together a broken heart when some of the pieces are missing?” Today, she finds herself engulfed in the “Joy of the Lord” even though she continues to work through her various personal struggles and brokenness. Through prayer and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit her answer to the question asked by Our Lord in John 5:6 “Do you want to be healed?” is an affirmative YES! You don’t want to miss her powerful testimony and how her life has been transformed by the power of God.


Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal.
Religious books and CD’s may be available at the meal.
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.


Cost is $28 per person if received by 12/3/2022. After 12/3/2022, call Christina Silvas at 760-835-2508 or email Linda Dughi at to make reservations at a cost of $35 per person. Reserve your tickets early.


Click on and mail Reservation Form (include the names and phone numbers of other ticket holders in your group) and check for $28 per person to:

42-215 Washington St., Ste. A #403
Palm Desert, CA  92211

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  • For questions or reservations: call Christina Silvas at 760-835-2508
  • Your check will serve as your receipt.
  • Your name tag serves as your ticket and it will be available at the door.
  • Open seating. Plan to arrive about 8:30 am.
  • Self-parking is available @ No Cost.
  • Diocesan Approval by Bishop Alberto Rojas
  • Spiritual Director:  Fr. Michael Barry, SS.CC.

Palm Desert Chapter, Our Lady’s Desert Roses Presents:

Spiritual Enrichment for Women

October 5, 2022 – May 31, 2023

Wednesdays – 12:00 to 2:00

St. Theresa Room — Sacred Heart Church

“As By A New Pentecost” – Life in the Spirit – Renewal Ministries

“Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life”

Dr. Ed Sri, Jeff Cavins & Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio

Presented by Lenora Grimaud 760-342-9092 (home) 760-702-5231 (cell)




Future Meals for Our Chapter:

March 11, 2023 – Maria Vargo


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 10th of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Family, and World Peace.



Noreen Fortier, Coordinator

Louise Erickson, Assistant Coordinator

Jeanne Potter, Secretary

Linda Dughi, Treasurer

Christina Silvas, Historian


Father Mike Barry, SS.CC., 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 us at or visit our website at

HISTORY of the Our Lady’s Desert Roses Chapter

(Mother Chapter for the Diocese of San Bernardino)

On the Feast of the Visitation, May 31, 2003, five women gathered together to pray and discern the possibility of establishing a chapter of Magnificat in the Diocese of San Bernardino. Those in attendance sensed the Lord was placing this ministry upon their hearts. Although no public advertisements were made, the Lord continued  to expand what would soon become the chapter’s first Advisory Team. This group continued to meet as women were personally invited to join the discernment efforts. Before long, close to fifty women were meeting monthly at the home of Donna Ross for praise, prayer, discernment and fellowship. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and the spiritual direction of Fr. Mike Barry, SS.CC., the women continued to pray, fast and sacrifice for the establishment of this beautiful ministry. On June 3, 2005, Our Lady’s Desert Roses received formal approval from Bishop Gerald Barnes. On Saturday morning, October 15, 2005, the first Meal was held at the Desert Springs Marriott with over 500 women in attendance! Praise God!

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