CA, Walnut Creek

 Welcome from Walnut Creek, CA

We welcome you to the webpage of the Walnut Creek, Servants of the Immaculata 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 100 chapters throughout the United States and its territories and in many foreign countries.

You are invited to a Prayer Breakfast

Hosted by Servants of the Immaculata Chapter

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Please arrive early. Doors Open at 9AM…Open Seating.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
45 John Glenn Dr
Concord, CA 94520


About Our Speaker: Fr. Gary Thomas

Father Gary Thomas has been pastor of Sacred Heart Church since May 1, 2006.  He was ordained for the Diocese of San Jose on December 3, 1983.  Fr. Gary has served in a variety of ministerial capacities in the diocese over the past 28 years.  He has served as parochial vicar of St. Joseph of Cupertino Church, Cupertino and St. Nicholas Church, Los Altos; diocesan director of vocations; chaplain of St. Francis High School; and previous pastor of St. Nicholas Church (1993-2005).

 Fr. Gary Thomas is the mandated exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose, California. In 2005, his bishop, Most Rev. Patrick Joseph McGrath, asked him to take training in Rome for the rite of exorcism. In Rome Fr. Thomas apprenticed himself to Fr. Carmine De Filippis, a veteran Italian exorcist, and his eyes were opened to the reality of evil as never before. His training was the subject of the 2010 book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio and the 2011 Hollywood movie based on the book, The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins.

Reservations close December 2, 2017 

Kim Sullivan
(925) 683-8220 or

Reserved Tables of 10 are required to be paid in full at time of Reservation.


ONLINE: Online Registration is through PayPal: $34.26 for each reservation.
(this extra amount includes a $1.26 convenience fee for each reservation)

To Pay online

  1. Choose the number of reservations that you need—(click on the downward arrow next to the USD on the 1 reservation $34.26 USD and a menu of reservations will open up for you.—select the number of reservations that you need.)
  2. Under Additonal Guest Names, list the names of the people using this/these reservations,
  3. Then click on the Pay Now button and make your payment by PayPal or Credit Card.

You do not have to have a PayPal account to use this method of payment:

Magnificat Breakfast

Mail-In Registration:  $33.00 by 12/2/17
Please use this form for Mail In Reservations ONLY

Name ________________________________________________

Guest(s) Name ______________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________

City ___________________________ State ______ Zip __________

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Those working in a ministry capacity for this meal, please indicate your Ministry:


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Please Mail Reservation Form by 12/2/17, along with your Check made out to Magnificat SOTI for $33.00 per reservation to:

Magnificat SOTI
P.O. Box 4626
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

** Reserved Tables of 10 are required to be paid in full at time of Reservation.

Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal by the Intercessory Prayer Team.
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 not be in attendance.




Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 29th 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.

Magnificat SOTI Prayer Group
Meets the Last Wednesday of the Month at 6:30 PM in the Faith Formation Building followed by the Charismatic Prayer group at 7:00 PM.


St. Mary’s, Faith Formation Bldg.
2059 Mt. Diablo Blvd
Walnut Creek, CA.

Charismatic Prayer Group
Meets every Wednesday at 7PM-8:30PM at
St Mary’s, Faith Formation Bldg.
Contact Jim Crowley at


Maribel Serrano, Coordinator (925) 788-7762
Linda Atkinson, Assistant Coordinator (925) 858-8801
Jennifer Rogers, Secretary (503) 709-8449
Christina Parodi, Historian (925) 708-2995
Mary Johnstone, Western Regional Rep Team (925) 954-7205
Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Erick Villa

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

HISTORY of Servants of the Immaculata of Magnificat

[Walnut Creek, CA Chapter]

In the early nineties, my husband and I and our 3 kids moved to Atlanta and it was then that I went to my first Magnificat Prayer Breakfast. I attended many more after that and I felt so uplifted every time I went to them and this was definitely a part of my conversion. Every time I would go the Breakfast, a little voice inside me would say that some day you are going to be speaking at these Breakfasts. I would just laugh and say to myself, yeah right, you can hardly speak in front of two people. In 1997 we moved to Northern California and I was so disappointed that there were no Chapters in the area. However, I was busy raising my three children and knew I couldn’t start it at this time.

Then on March 26, 2008, I turned on the TV during the day, which I never do, and put on EWTN, and lo and behold, it was Marilyn Quirk and Kathy MacInnis speaking to Fr. Mitch Pacwa about the Magnificat Ministry. It was then that the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said, “Now is the time.” I immediately called and asked about how to go about starting a chapter. Who would have thought that so many years later and 3,000 miles away from Atlanta, that I would be starting this.

A group of us prayed for a year and then started gathering our team together to form this chapter. December 11, 2010 was our first Magnificat Prayer Breakfast with Bishop Salvatore Cordileone as our first speaker with 560 women in attendance. As the Coordinator, I was the MC at all of the Breakfasts and then I remembered how the little voice said that I would be speaking at these Breakfasts someday, which I did as the MC at all of the Breakfasts.

In April 2010 a small group of us met with Bishop Cordileone along with Kathleen Beckman. At the end of the meeting, Bishop Cordileone asked how quickly we could start having our Breakfasts. We told him as soon as he could be our speaker, which turned out to be in December.

Shortly after our meeting for Bishop Cordileone’s approval of our ministry, he asked me if I would come back and meet with the Presbyteral Council and present the possibility of having the Magnificat Ministry in the Diocese of Oakland. In attendance were 25 priests, the Bishop and me. After I did my presentation and left, I was told that the Presbyteral Council unanimously approved it as a Ministry for the Diocese, praise the Lord.

As the Founding Coordinator, I have found that that my involvement with the chapter has been such a blessing for me. Our Chapter has been still going strong seven years now and we are thankful that this chapter has touched so many hearts and souls.

Mary Johnstone