NY, Rochester

Welcome from Rochester, NY!

We welcome you to the webpage of Rochester, NY Spouse of the Holy Spirit Chapter. These are exciting times that we live in and Magnificat was begun in 1981 for such as time as this. There are now over 100 chapters throughout the United States and its territories and in many foreign countries. Our Chapter also have a website at MagnificatRochester.org.


Magnificat Meal

Hosted by Spouse of the Holy Spirit Chapter

Saturday, October 8, 2022

8:30 a.m. – Seating begins
9:30 a.m. – Breakfast & Program
12:00 p.m. – Prayer Teams

Register now!

Brook Lea Country Club
891 Pixley Rd
Rochester, NY 14624

Let’s Support Life!

 Please bring a baby item to donate to

Focus Pregnancy Center!

Formula: “Tippy Toes” or “Enfamil”

Diapers: Newborn or Size 5 or 6, Blankets,

Onesies (0-3 mos.), Burp cloths.

Any baby items!

About Our Speaker: Fr. Tony Mugavero

Fr. Tony Mugavero

Fr. Tony, pastor of Holy Apostles Parish in Rochester, is a strong advocate for life in all its stages.

Having been arrested and convicted of harassment while trying to talk to a woman about to enter an abortion clinic, he served 15 days in jail. 

A strong and brave man of conviction.

We are privileged to have him as a speaker for our Magnificat Meal.

Men are welcome

Bring a friend!

Prayer teams are available following the meal.
Religious books and CD’s may be available at the meal.
Since the day is designed to speak to the hearts of women, free of distractions, it is respectfully requested that young children not be in attendance.

  • No Registrations accepted after October 5, 2022
  • Covid: State recommendations will be followed at the time of the meal.
  • Gift Basket Raffle
  • Used books sale!


For more Information call Diane at 585-943-4759 or e-mail:

Pre-Registration required. No tickets sold at the door.
Deadline: No Registrations accepted after October 5, 2022!

To purchase your ticket: Early Registration: $25.00
Postmarked after June 4: $27.00.
Students: $15.00.

Online reservations:
Or use PayPal ($26.40) on our website: www.MagnificatRochester.org

Register by Mail:
Please use the form below for your mail-in ticket reservations:

Mail In Registration – Fr. Tony Mugavero

Please Mail Reservation Form and check payable to “Magnificat” to:
Magnificat Rochester
PO Box 24787
Rochester, NY 14624

Your cancelled check will serve as your receipt.

Your Ticket:
Your ticket will be your Name Tag at the registration table the morning of the breakfast.
Sorry, no reserved tables.

Clergy and religious tickets are complimentary but a registration is still needed.
Donations are also accepted to assist others in attending our meal.

For more information call : Diane Hayes – 585-943-4759
Or e-mail us at: MagnificatRochester@frontier.com

Please feel free to print out this flyer and share it with others and invite them to our meal: Fr Tony Mugavero

2023 Events:
March 11 – Louise Carson
June 10 – Amanda Torrelli
September 16 – Cece Crawford
December 9 – TBA
Brook Lea Country Club
891 Pixley Rd, Rochester, NY 14624

Catholic Charismatic Renewal website:  www.ccr-rochester.org

Please join Magnificat on our Day of Prayer, the 21st of each month, as we lift up our hearts to the Lord for the intentions of New Pentecost, Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, our Beloved Priests and Religious and Families.


Louise Carson – Coordinator
Ann Iten -Assistant Coordinator
Karen Chin – Treasurer
Cece Crawford Asst. Treasurer
Jeanne Walker – Secretary
Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Bernard Dan

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:  MagnificatRochester@frontier.com

HISTORY of Spouse of the Holy Spirit Chapter

(Diocese of Rochester, NY)

Nineteen years ago, God planted a seed in the heart and mind of a spirit-filled woman named Gert Amesbury from St. Pius X parish in the Rochester, NY Diocese. She learned of Magnificat, a ministry to Catholic women, from a program shown on the Catholic TV Network EWTN. With great enthusiasm, she began the work to establish Magnificat in Rochester. After facing many obstacles, Gert concluded that perhaps the time was not yet right for Rochester. Many years later, another spirit-filled woman, Pat Smith, rediscovered Magnificat while vacationing in Florida and was inspired to bring it back home to Rochester.

In October 1997, a small group of women, including Gert and Pat, came together to form a service team to study the Magnificat movement and to establish the necessary criteria for diocesan approval and incorporation with the National Team. After much study, prayer, and discernment by the women of the Service Team, Bishop Matthew Clark approved Magnificat-Rochester on June 5, 1998. The team met weekly in prayer, song, personal sharing, and the rosary and soon the Holy Spirit’s gifts became evident as each woman discovered what responsibility the Lord wanted her to take up.

In 1999, a letter was sent out to 40 women inviting them to join in this mission. Although only one woman responded, the team moved forward to plan a retreat focused on how the Holy Spirit works in the Church and in our lives. Thirty women attended and they became the base upon which the team began to build. Some of the team attended a retreat at Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio, and they brought back inspiration from the Holy Spirit in the form a scripture passage (Luke 5:4-11): “put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Armed with this scripture passage, two members of the Service Team went to Mario’s Restaurant to book a date for the first Magnificat-Rochester breakfast. With no money, they stepped out in faith, trusted the Holy Spirit, booked the space, and began planning. That first breakfast had 240 guests and the room was full to overflowing. Their nets were full!

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