NY, Albany

Welcome from Albany, NY!

We welcome you to the web page of the Albany, NY Gentle Woman of Praise 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 Prayer Breakfast

Hosted by the Gentle Woman of Praise Chapter

Saturday, June 4, 2022

8:30 am – Check in / Seating begins

9:00 am – Breakfast and Program

12:00 pm – Confession and Prayer Teams

Sorry, no reserved tables.

Please do not attend if you are feeling ill.

The Holiday Inn Express
The Gazebo Banquet Room—located on the far right of the building
400 Old Loudon Road
Latham, NY  12110

Our Guest Speaker:  Fr. Kyle Gorenski

Fr. Kyle Gorenski is a Priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, NY.  Fr. Kyle is currently assigned as the Parochial Vicar of St. Clement’s Parish, Saratoga Springs, St. Joseph’s Parish’s, Greenwich and Notre Dame Visitation Parish, Schuylerville. Fr. Kyle also serves as the Co-Chaplain of Saratoga Central Catholic School, the on-call Chaplain at Saratoga Hospital and the Spiritual Advisor for the Albany Chapter of Magnificat. Fr. Kyle attended Our Lady of Providence College Seminary in Providence, RI, earning a Bachelor degree in Philosophy. Later, Fr. Kyle attended St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD, earning a Master’s Degree in Divinity and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology. Before entering the seminary, Fr. Kyle worked as a Rhode Island State Trooper and served in the United States Army.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them as their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.” The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” – Rev. 21:1-5

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”  Luke 1:38

“My soul magnifies the Lord, My spirit finds joy in God my Savior…God who is mighty has done great things for me, holy is His name.” Luke 1:46-49

* Fr. Daniel McHale is our Godly Counsel for the breakfast. He will give the Spiritual Meditation and be available for Confession following the meal.

* Covid:  State recommendations will be followed at the time of the meal.

* No Registrations accepted after May 25, 2022!
* Check-in and seating begins at 8:30 am
* 3 Raffle Prizes
* Religious items and books on sale  (cash or check only)
* Since the day is designed to speak to the hearts of women, free of distraction, it is respectfully requested that young children not be in attendance. Also please be aware that subject matter may not be suitable for children.


Registration Fee:  $25.00

Online Reservations:  Internet ticket: $27.59

Deadline: May 25, 2022. No Registrations accepted after May 25, 2022.

Mail-in Reservations:
Please feel free to print out this flier and share it with others and invite them to our meal: Albany Meal Flier – June 2022


Please send this printed, completed form and a check payable to:
Albany NY Chapter of Magnificat
PO Box 340
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Pre-Registration required.  
Clergy and Religious:  Complimentary

*PLEASE NOTE: This breakfast has limited seating available and tickets will sell fast!

**Donations are also accepted to assist others in attending our meal.

We invite all ladies to hear a beautiful story of God’s love in one woman’s life.

Registration Questions: Kelly Stiffen – 518-937-8202
email:  albanymagnificat@gmail.com




September 10, 2022 – Pilgrimage – Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine, Auriesville, NY – Guest Speaker:  Fr. Kyle Gorenski

November 12, 2022 – The Vista Restaurant – Guest Speaker:  Sisters of Life


Albany Catholic Charismatic Renewal website:  https://albanyccr.org/


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 11th of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Family, and World Peace.


We meet every 1st Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM – 

In person – at the home of Laureen Sharp who lives in Cohoes, NY – for more info, email Laureen at laureliz51@gmail.com

and on Zoom (link below)

Click the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85061604786?pwd=RGVWN2tMSjI5RmkrTXozbTU3OXM3QT09



Diane Bigos – Coordinator
Nancy Hooley – Assistant Coordinator
Carol Heckman – Secretary
Kelly Stiffen – Treasurer
Fran Schmidt – Historian; Denise Fraioli – Communications

Rev. Kyle Gorenski Spiritual Advisor

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 Diane Bigos @ albanymagnificat@gmail.com

HISTORY of the Gentle Woman of Praise Chapter of Magnificat

The Gentle Women of Praise Chapter of Magnificat had its origins in the Diocese of Albany, New York, as several women were becoming aware of Magnificat in 1999-2000.  The Holy Spirit gently moved them to learn more about this international ministry to Catholic Women.  A feasibility assessment and discernment process began in 2001 by the Albany NY Diocesan Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

During 2002-2003, the CCR liaison appointed a contact person to continue the discernment and formation process for the the Magnificat Chapter in Albany, NY, as required by the CST in Metairie, LA.  The Rochester Chapter was assigned by CST to assist in the discernment process.  A few women from the Albany Diocese attended a meal sponsored by the Rochester Magnificat Chapter.  The women were very joyful in pursuing this ministry further.  The Contact Person stepped down from the process and the liaison of the CCR took over as Contact Person.  Bishop Hubbard was informed of the desire of the women in the Albany NY Diocese to form a Magnificat Chapter.

During 2004-2005, a Service Team was formed, the office and popular names were finalized.  A spiritual advisor  was appointed by the Bishop.  The legal formation of the chapter to be a licensed, incorporated, non-profit, tax exempt organization was completed.  The chapter became licensed under the Magnificat organization.  The chapter hosted one invitational tea.

In 2006, the chapter hosted 2 mornings of intercessory rosary and adoration and our 1st breakfast – 200 women attended.

In 2007, the chapter hosted 2 mornings of intercessory rosary an adoration and 2 Magnificat meals.  The chapter replaced 2 service team members.  Due to several unfortunate circumstances, with the loss of 2 more service team members and the Spiritual Advisor, the Albany NY Chapter of Magnificat became inactive at the end of the year.

In 2008, the Albany NY Chapter of Magificat formed a new ST composed of three members and Advisory Team of 11 women who answered the call to serve as Chairwomen.  The Albany NY Chapter regained an active status.  The Bishop appointed a new Spiritual Advisor.  A financial audit committee was elected.  The Chapter started our first Rosary Intercessory prayer group in Oct.

In February 2009, we had our first meal.  Since that time, the Albany NY Chapter continues to grow.  We now have 2 Rosary Intercessory prayer groups the 1st week of every month – Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon.  Since 2009, we have hosted 3 to 4 meals a year.  We have had the opportunity to help our Bishop, Edward Scharfenberger, by hosting Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, author of 33 Days to Morning Glory. as he shared with us the importance of consecrating ourselves to Jesus through Mary.  Bishop Scharfenberger wanted the people of Albany Diocese to make the Consecration to the Blessed Mother on the Feast Day of our Diocese, December 8.  In 2018, author and speaker Susan Conroy was our guest speaker sharing her experiences and friendship with St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta and 23 women participated in the Magnificat Scripture Study – The Women in the Bible.


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