FL, Palm Beach

Welcome from Palm Beach, FL!

We welcome you to Christ Our Light Chapter’s webpage. 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 Next Meal

Hosted by Christ Our Light Chapter

Saturday, November 10, 2018

10:00am til 1:00pm

Open seating, please arrive early.

We are now in the Magnificent Ballroom; a free-standing building to the right of the main hotel.

Hilton Palm Beach Airport
150 Australian Avenue
West Palm Beach 33406


About Our Speaker:  Mary Anne Gioia

Mary Anne is a cradle Catholic who is passionate about learning about our faith and sharing it with others. Born in NJ to Robert and Rosemary Harris, Mary Anne is the fourth of five children and the oldest daughter. Her faith formation began at Holy Family Catholic School under the direction of the Sisters of Christian Charity. While attending college, Mary Anne met the love of her life and best friend, Michael on an Antioch retreat for young adults and were married within a year. Mary Anne and Mike are blessed with four children: Michael, Angelina, Christopher and Kimberly and now enjoy the new love of their lives, their grandchildren: Olivia Rose and Michael Phillip. Mary Anne has shared her love of the Lord with others at St. Therese de Lisieux Catholic Church in Wellington, FL serving as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, Lector, Faith Formation teacher, facilitating Women of Grace and R.C.I.A. She made Cursillo in NJ in 1991 and now is an active member of the Palm Beach Cursillo Movement. Mary Anne loves serving God’s people through organizing feeding of the homeless and veterans at Thanksgiving and with an annual children’s Christmas picnic.  After much prayer and discernment, Mary Anne responded to God’s call in obedience and is presently seeking to obtain Masters in Theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio while working full time as a business banker for a national bank.


Tickets to the prayer breakfast are $25 and may be obtained from our treasurer if postmarked one week prior to the event, or $30 at the door.

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Please Mail Reservation Form and check payable to “Magnificat” to:

Cindy Sheldon
3038 30th Court
Jupiter, FL  33477

Priests and religious may attend as our guests, but their reservations should be made two weeks prior to the event date by calling Cindy at (561) 797-2647.


  • Feb 9: Leah Libresco: Writer, Speaker, Instigator learn more at leahlibresco.com
  • April 16: Patricia Carswell: perfect speaker to invite those in their 20’s & 30’s to join us
  • Sept 14: Peggy O’Hara: Cursillista, Convert, and Joyful witness to Christ
  • Nov 16: Colleen Duggan: writer, wife, mom to 6 learn more at colleenmurphyduggan.com 


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 2nd 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 Rosary Prayer Groups

Magnificat Prayer Meetings

Join your Magnificat sisters for a time of intercessory prayer on the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Cathy Dorsey at 561-493-8833 or MagnificatPalmBeach@gmail.com

Stay informed of upcoming events by requesting the latest electronic newsletter. Simply send an email with subject line “Newsletter” to MagnificatPalmBeach@gmail.com and you will be added to our mailing list.


Peggy Rowe-Linn, Coordinator
Cathy Dorsey, Assistant Coordinator
Jaimee Perez, Historian
Cindy Sheldon, Treasurer
Deanna Bartalini, Secretary
Fr. Rick George, Spiritual Advisor/Advisory Team

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 Peggy Rowe-Linn, Coordinator at  MagnificatPalmBeach@gmail.com

HISTORY of Christ Our Light Chapter of Magnificat

Magnificat Palm Beach Chapter, Inc., the Christ Our Light chapter was formed on July 17, 2003, by its original coordinator, Dr. Carol Razza.  The original team also featured Kate Battafarano, assistant coordinator, Marcia Kurtz, secretary and Britta Neinast as treasurer.  The first Magnificat meal was held at the Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach, Florida, with over 400 in attendance. 

The first faith witness was Babsie Bleasdell who spoke of the power of the Holy Spirit working in her life.  After Dr. Razza stepped down, Donna Holmstrom became the coordinator.  After Donna’s appointment as Regional Representative to the Finance team, the current coordinator began serving. There have been four meals every year since its inception. 

One of the many talents this variety of women, who have given their fiat to Magnificat, has is writing.  The team focuses on publishing written reflections during Advent, Lent and during special holy days throughout the year, all designed to bring women closer to Christ.  Some of these reflections have been picked up by the central service team and published in their newsletters.  This chapter strives to be a model chapter for the world.