FL, St. Petersburg

Welcome from St. Petersburg, FL!

We welcome you to the web page of the Mary Immaculate Magnificat Chapter of St. Petersburg, FL. These are exciting times that we live in. Magnificat began 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 Breakfast

Cathedral of Saint Jude the Apostle
Parish Center
5815 Fifth Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710

Saturday, February 29, 2020

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Doors open at 9 am. We do not assign seats, so please arrive early.

Mass will be held in the chapel at 8:15 am


Guest Speaker: Dolores Mortimer, LMHC

“There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”  –  St. Teresa of Calcutta

These are words that Dolores Mortimer holds close to her heart.  It is this hunger that she devotes her life to relieve.  She has felt the pain of hunger for God, was nourished at His table, and now she is blessed with abundant food for others who are also starving.

Dolores, wife and mother of 4 sons, suffered the tragic loss of her 22 year old son Timothy and her nephew in 2005, which sent her to her bed in grief.  Desolate, she found herself struggling to get from bed to the couch and back to bed again.  As a therapist and a child of God, she asked herself what she would tell a client to do. Relying on the guidance of the Supreme Counselor, one day she made it from her bed, to the couch, and to her prayer chair. Her healing began. Being a mental health counselor and after witnessing her own son’s battle with depression during his adolescent and adult years, God inspired her to do something in remembrance of the boys to help others.

She is the founder of the House of Mercy and Encouragement (HOME) in Dunedin, a faith based center that offers help, hope and healing in a comforting and nurturing environment. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with Masters Degrees in Mental Health/Guidance Counseling and Learning Disabilities, and also holds a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling. Come meet this compassionate woman who lives out her Catholic faith in honor of God and in service to those who hunger.


Praise and Worship at this meal will be led by Francesca Ani.

Personal Prayer ministry is available after the meal by the Magnificat Service 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 under the age of 14 not be in attendance. ADULT DAUGHTERS AND GRANDDAUGHTERS ARE WELCOME!


Tickets to the Prayer Breakfast are $16.00 and may be obtained from our ticket chairwoman, Linda Barron. 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), with your check made out to Magnificat to:

You may wish to print out the form below to send in to reserve your space. Your name will be on the list at the door. No tickets will be sold at the door. We must receive your check and reservation at least a week in advance in order to reserve your place.

If you are unable to afford a ticket but want to attend the meal, please contact us at magnificatofstpetersburg@gmail.com  and arrangements will be made for a ticket to be sent to you.

No tickets are sold at the door.

Please use this form for mail-in reservations.
16.00 per person by mail; registration form must be received a week before the breakfast in order to reserve your spot. (check only)

Name ________________________________________________

Guest(s) Name ______________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________

City ___________________________ State ______ Zip __________

Phone # ____________________

Email (Please print clearly) ______________________________

Enclosed is $ ________________ for _______________ Number of Reservations.

Checks should be made out to “Magnificat.”

Please mail this reservation form and $16.00 per person to:

Linda Barron
6069 Second Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL


SAVE THE DATE for our 2020
Prayer Breakfasts
May 2, 2020 at Cathedral of St. Jude
Guest speaker, Nicole Abisinio


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 13th 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.

Light of Christ Charismatic Prayer Group
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church – Largo
Parish Center
First Wednesdays at 7 PM

Fire in the Spirit Prayer Group
Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle – St. Petersburg
Thursdays at 7:30 PM


Kathy Bolich, Coordinator
Jane Swan, Assistant Coordinator
Linda Barron, Treasurer
Kathy Rankin, Secretary

Spiritual Director – Fr. Robert Cadrecha

If you would like to help with the 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  magnificatofstpetersburg@gmail.com.

HISTORY of Magnificat of St. Petersburg

The origin of our Magnificat Ministry came from New Orleans. Since it was born of the Holy Spirit, the Magnificat Ministry grew and spread and found it’s way to Tampa, Florida.

Helen Piazza heard about the Tampa breakfast and planned to attend. She invited Arlene Diaco, who was grieving the recent death of her mother, to attend with her. The speaker at that meeting was none other than Marilyn Quirk, one of the founders of the New Orleans Magnificat. Arlene and Helen had a wonderful morning and in thanksgiving, stayed at their table at the close of the breakfast and prayed their rosary. They were so filled with the Holy Spirit that they asked Marilyn that day how they could receive information about bringing the Magnificat to Pinellas County. Marilyn told them about a process that they would need to follow to bring the ministry to Pinellas, and it was a long process.  But another woman at the breakfast had already started the process and then had discerned that she could not complete the task, so she gave the Magnificat Handbook to them. They went home and called their friends Mary Mallette and Helen Ezzo and asked them to assist with the planning and implementation of a Magnificat. The four friends started calling other friends for assistance with the various committees needed to put on a Magnificat Breakfast. Word of the new ministry for women spread among the local community and Elsie Miller and Fran Wolfe decided to attend. Elsie and Fran arrived at the next planning meeting, thinking that it was the event. They offered their talents and the original service team for the St. Petersburg Magnificat was born.

The formation of the St. Petersburg Chapter was not as long as the Central Service team of New Orleans had planned. The Holy Spirit led our original service team and encouraged them and sent them the support and resources that they needed. The original service team of St. Petersburg was a group of faith-filled women whose belief in the promises of Christ overflowed into joy and action. They did not think about whether they had the talent, the connections, or the money to bring a new ministry to our area. They stepped out in faith and imitated the visitation as they brought Jesus to the catholic women in Pinellas County.