MN, Walker

Welcome from Walker, MN

We welcome you to the webpage of the Walker MN Our Lady of the Lakes 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.

Due to the coronavirus, check here periodically for updated information regarding future Meals & Events

Magnificat Prayer Breakfast

Hosted by Our Lady of the Lakes Chapter

Saturday, TBA

9:00 A.M. to 11:30
Doors open at 8:00

Charlie’s Up North Restaurant
6841 Hwy 371
Walker, MN 56484

Guest Speaker: Father Michael Arey

“Give thanks unto the Lord for His mercy endures forever.”  Psalm 107

Would you like to meet a young man who gave up a six-figure income,  a luxury condo and a girlfriend to become a Catholic priest? Father Michael Arey is the young man who experienced all this! Father says he did many things, saw many places, and met many people throughout his life. In all those years, he kept ignoring God’s call and living his life according to worldly pursuits. He had two powerful events and experiences which altered his course and moved him towards priesthood. You won’t want to miss his story! Father was ordained in June 2019 and is currently serving at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, MN. Father Michael said he is filled with great joy and peace in his priesthood; “I love my Lord; I love serving Him and His flock”.

Our Lady of the Lakes Magnificat has invited Father Michael to share his dramatic testimony at a breakfast on Saturday, June 27th at Charlie’s Up North restaurant located at 6841 Hwy 371 NW, Walker, MN. Both men and women may attend Father Michael’s talk. We especially encourage all youth ministers to bring the young people of your parish to be inspired by Father Michael.

Registration will be at 8:30 with breakfast at 9:00. Cost of the meal is $15. To make reservations, please call Lorri at 218-507-0953.

Send check payable to Magnificat, postmarked by June 20th to:
Lorri Henning
3080 20th Avenue
Hackensack, MN 56452-2064

For more information about our Chapter and upcoming events, go to Our Lady of the Lakes Chapter website.

Tickets for priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters are complimentary.


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 2020.

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Please Mail Reservation Form and check payable to “Magnificat” to:
Lorri Henning
3080 20th Avenue NW
Hackensack, MN56452-2064


August 22, 2020 —Charlie’s Up North Restaurant
Speaker: Barbara Heil

October 3, 2020  Charlie’s Up North Restaurant

Speaker:  Ann Menz


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 21st of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Family, and World Peace.


Mary Rients, Coordinator
Linda Reis, Assistant Coordinator
Stacey O’Rourke, Recording Secretary
Jeanette Goehring, Treasurer
Lorri Henning, Historian
Spiritual Advisor: Father George Zeck

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 Our Lady of the Lakes Chapter of Magnificat

Walker, MN

Magnificat came to Walker, MN in 1992 through women involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. These Through much prayer for direction and discernment, the answer came at a charismatic leaders’ conference in Pittsburgh, PA, “Return to the Upper Room”, for the 25th anniversary of the Renewal. The first night of the leaders’ meetings, we were told to break into small groups and to pray for the needs of each leader. Our prayers were for direction and approval of a women’s group in the Duluth, MN diocese. Before we began to pray, a lady we had never seen or heard from before stopped and said, “You are going to begin a Magnificat and your bishop will approve it. Move quickly.”

The second affirmation came during the same conference. We were trying to meet with Marilyn Quirk, the Central Service Team Coordinator, whom we did not know, but had seen in years past speaking about Magnificat,

We prayed that we would recognize her in the large crowd and be able to meet with her. Looking over the large crowd of people, we spotted a person we thought might be Marilyn. We walked up to her and said, “Are you Marilyn Quirk?” She was! Father Jerry Lapatka, Betty Garoutte and Rosemary Ellis met with Marilyn of Friday, June 5, 1992 in a hospital cafeteria and completed the first step in starting our Magnificat chapter.

When we returned to MN and met with our women, we had a unanimous decision that Magnificat was right for us. We met with our parish priest, Father Tom Bouchard and we received his approval. Then with the help of Father Lapatka, our spiritual advisor, we received approval from the Magnificat service team and from our bishop, Roger Schweitz. We were overjoyed with his blessing and full approval. We completed all of the necessary procedures and legal matters and Our Lady of the Lakes chapter of Magnificat became a reality. Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and filled with the Holy Spirit, we went forth to proclaim that Jesus is Lord, active, alive and present to the Glory of the Father.

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