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 Women’s Breakfast

Hosted by the Gentle Woman of Praise Chapter

Saturday, November 12, 2022


8:30 am – Check-in / Seating begins

9:00 am – Breakfast and Program

12:00 pm – Confession & Prayer Teams


The Vista Restaurant at the Van Patten Golf Club

924 Main Street

Clifton Park, NY  12065


Let’s Support Life!

 Please bring a new baby item to donate to the

Sisters of Life

Diapers, wipes, clothing for girls or boys sizes newborn and 0-3 mos. 

About our Speaker:  Sister Mary Loretta, SV

Sister Mary Loretta is a member of the Sisters of Life, a contemplative/ active community of women religious whose fourth vow is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of human life. The Sisters of Life were founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor, the late Archbishop of New York. They currently serve the Church in New York, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Denver, Phoenix and Toronto (Canada), ministering to pregnant women and their children, and bringing the Lord’s mercy to those affected by abortion.


Sister Mary Loretta, a Brooklyn native, studied elementary and special education through the CUNY Baccalaureate Program and earned a Master’s degree in special education from Adelphi University.  She taught high school students with learning disabilities for several years. Sr. Mary Loretta was greatly influenced by the beloved Pope John Paul II. She received her vocational graces through coming to know Jesus present in the Eucharist and through Mary’s powerful intercession at a World Youth Day. Sr. Mary Loretta professed perpetual vows in 2002.

She is currently missioned to serve the Sisters of Life community and people of the Albany Diocese at St. Anthony’s Convent in Catskill, NY.

“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.”  Lk. 1:46-49


Tickets must be purchased in advance to secure your reservation. No tickets will be sold at the door.  No Refunds. 

Deadline:   No registrations accepted after Wednesday, November 2, 2022


Ticket price:   

Adult:  $28.00   

High School and College Student:  $18.00

Clergy and Religious:  Complimentary – you need to register



PayPal or Credit Card:  Adult:  $29.40  and  Student:  $19.40 

Enter your Name and Phone Number. Select Adult or Student Ticket.  Click on the PayPal button below. To pay for a guest, change the quantity from 1 to 2.  Then select to pay by PayPal or Debit Card or Credit Card.

If you purchase more than 1 ticket, please email us with the names of your guests to: albanymagnificat@gmail.com


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

Please feel free to print out this flyer and share it with others and invite them to our meal.

Print the November Flyer to share with friends


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


*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.

We do not assign seats so arrive early to check in at the Reservation Table and find seat(s) before the program begins.

Prayer teams and opportunities to receive the sacrament of reconciliation are normally available following the meal, but will depend on the status of coronavirus restrictions.

* 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.



March 18, 2023 –  Speaker:  TBA – Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany, NY

May 20, 2023 – Speaker:  TBA  –  Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany,, NY

Nov. 11, 2023 – Speaker:  TBA  –  The Vista Restaurant, Clifton Park, NY


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  

November – March – 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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