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.

Magnificat Prayer Luncheon

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

Saturday, Feb 8, 2020

11:15 am – 2:30 pm


Doors open at 11:00 am for open seating


                                                                        St. Jerome’s Catholic Church                                                                                                                                   10815 No. 35th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85029


Guest Speakers: Gloria Gomez & Claudia Castorena

Gloria Gomez was born in the tiny Mexican village of Ojo de Agua.  She is the second youngest of 7 children, having 4 brothers and 2 sisters.  Her family came to the United States in the mid 1960’s.  All of the family worked in the fields migrating from the Coachella Valley to the San Joaquim Valley.  By the time she turned twelve, she was well aware of the struggles of the farm worker and felt the need to do something about it.  She decided she wanted to become a nun and help the young and the poor.  In 1988 she moved to Indio, A California and immediately she started the youth group “Cristo Vive” at OLPH church.  It was through the youth group that she met Claudia Castorena and they took vows as “consecrated women.”  Together with Clausia, she founded Martha’s Village and Kitchen, Galilee Center, and authored the book Love, Faith and Miracles.  In addition, she is the founding Coordinator of the  Magnificat Chapter in Indio, CA.

Claudia Castorena was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico.  She and her family eventually moved to Coachella, California, where she worked in a citrus packing house.  Three years later, Claudia met Gloria Gomez.  The two women shared the desire to be religious sisters.  They enrolled with the VISTA Volunteers for five years.  Their first assignment was to work in Catholic Charities and quickly realized the need to serve hot meals to the homeless in Indio.  Together with Gloria Gomez, she authored the book, Love, Faith and Miracles and founded Martha’s Village and Kitchen, Galilee Center, as well as the Magnificat Chapter in Indio, CA.

Since a little girl, Claudia has enjoyed music and singing.  She plays the guitar and has been choir director for one of the Spanish Masses at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Indio for more than 25 years.  Currently, she is the Music Minister Chairwoman as well as the Service Team Treasurer for the Magnificat-Indio, CA, Chapter.


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.

Religious books and CD’s are available for purchase after the meal.

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 to the meal are $15.00 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.
Ticket sales end Monday, Feb 4, 2020 at midnight. 
No tickets are sold at the door.

Tickets for priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters are complimentary, but reservations are required.
Contact our Treasurer, Esther Ramirez at 623-565 0304.

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


Tickets to the Prayer Breakfast are $15.00 +$1.82 secure site service fee and may be obtained by clicking on “Eventbrite” below:

For Registration by Mail:

Please send your name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number, and email address (include the names and phone numbers of other ticket holders in your group) to:

Magnificat Tickets
c/o Esther Ramirez * 10604 N 53rd Ave Glendale, AZ 85304

Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance to secure your reservation. No tickets will be sold at the door. Your check will serve as your receipt.

Please use this form for Mail-In Reservations ONLY. Complete the form below (include the names and phone numbers of other ticket holders in your group). Reservations CANNOT be accepted after Sept 10th.

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$15.00 per person by mail; Registration Form must be postmarked by Feb. 1 to receive your confirmation. (check only)

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Please Mail Reservation Form and check for $15 per person, payable to “Magnificat” to:

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c/o Esther Ramirez * 10604 N 53rd Ave Glendale, AZ 85304   623 565 0304



Feb 8, 2020  Gloria Gomez and Claudia Castorena


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
TBD, Historian

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.