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, March 11, 2023

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

About Our Speaker: Louise Carson

Louise has experienced job loss, divorce, teen pregnancy, and the death of a grandchild.

Yet, her trust in God and her dependence on the goodness of God and His promises have been her solace and strength.

“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you….”
Jeremiah 29: 11-13

Prayer teams are available following the meal.
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 

March 8, 2023!


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 3/4/2023

To purchase your ticket:

Costs: Pre-Registration required … $30.00

Postmarked after 3/4/2023 … $32.00

Student … $20.00

Online reservations:

Use PayPal ($32.00) on our website: www.MagnificatRochester.org

Register by Mail:

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

Mail In Registration – Louise Carson

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:

Flyer – Louise Carson

2023 Events:
March 11 – Louise Carson
June 3 – Amanda English
September 16 –  TBA
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
Janet Pontarelli – Secretary
Jeanne Walker – Historian
Spiritual Advisor: Fr. John Gagnier

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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