GA, Atlanta

Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

We welcome you to the webpage of Atlanta, GA Joyful Visitation 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.

Magnificat Meal

Hosted by Joyful Visitation Chapter

Saturday, August 20, 2022

9:30 am–12:30 pm

Open seating, please arrive early.
Mass is in the Church at 7:30 am before the meal. All are welcome.

Event Location:

Holy Cross Catholic Church
3773 Chamblee Tucker Road
Atlanta, GA 30341

Guest Speaker: Linda Koerner

Linda Koerner, of St. John Neumann Church in Lilburn, was drawn into a lifetime of ministry to teens and families while she and her husband, Greg, were raising their own three children. In Pittsburgh, where they met and married, Linda began with Teens Encounter Christ, serving older teens and young adults.

After the Koerners moved to the Atlanta area, she became youth minister at St. John Neumann. Shepherding of teens and their families closer to Christ has continued in decades of ministry there and at other metro parishes in different roles. She is currently director of religious education at St. John Neumann for EDGE and Life Teen, the middle school and high school youth.

“I really believe my spiritual journey personally began when I was in high school. I loved to go sit in the church when it was totally empty. I felt like the Lord really educated my heart and my mind and my spirit during those times. … I found myself just drawn into helping teenagers know how very much God loves them and cares about them, no matter what the circumstances of their lives,” she said. “There is so much hope in Christ.”

Her faith has been tested as well, she said. “There are tough times in all our lives. … My desire is to share with you, through my experiences, the hope, love, forgiveness and peace that come in knowing the Lord.”


Reservations for the meal are $25.00 each and have to be made in advance. To register, it is advisable to do so online at Or you may request an online invitation at Seating is limited. Reservations will close when capacity is reached or at the latest on August 10, 2022. Those unable to register online are asked to print out and complete the form below and send a check. No payment is accepted at the door. Check in will be at the door for those with reservations.

Tickets for priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters are complimentary, but reservations are required through Debbie DuPont.

Please use this form for mail-in reservations ONLY: Registration Form must be postmarked by August 8, 2022. (check or money order only)


Please mail Reservation Form and check for $25 per person payable to “Magnificat Joyful Visitation” to:

Magnificat Ministry
Debbie DuPont
315 Rose Ct SW
Lilburn, Ga. 30047
Phone: 770-696-6216

Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal by the Magnificat Service Team.
Confessions will be available at the end of the meal.
Religious books and CDs are 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.


Saturday, November 12, 2022


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 17th of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Family, and World Peace.


Pat Forest, Coordinator
Monica Donohue, Assistant Coordinator
Cheryl Bryant, Secretary
Jo Ann Rademacher, Treasurer
Donna Brisse, Historian
Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Joseph Mullakkara, MSFS

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

HISTORY of Joyful Visitation Chapter of Magnificat

(for the Archdiocese of Atlanta)

Olga Myers attended her first Magnificat Breakfast while visiting her sister in Tampa, Florida in 1990. She returned to her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia filled with zeal and joy. After sharing her experience with two other women, Jan Nerone and Elyse O’Kane, they began to pray and pray and pray for discernment of God’s will in bringing Magnificat to Atlanta.

After going through formation and receiving the approval of the local bishop, the first working meeting was held on June 17, 1991. This was followed by a Presentation Tea on February 8, 1992 to introduce Magnificat Joyful Visitation Chapter to the area and to help others discover how they could be a part of this joyful ministry.

The first Magnificat Breakfast was held on May 2, 1992 at All Saints Catholic Church. The speaker was Mary Welch Rogers and over 400 women attended. The first Service Team members were Olga Myers, Jan Nerone, Ann Marie Hendriks and Judy Guilfoil. Fr. William Hickey was their Spiritual Advisor and Elyse O’Kane was placed in charge of the Music Ministry.

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