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.

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

Sorry to inform that we are cancelling our onsite meal on Sept. 26th.  

However, we are organizing a virtual meeting via Zoom.


Lynda Holler will be our presenter

Magnificat Visitation (Virtual via Zoom)


Hosted by the Gentle Woman of Praise Chapter of Magnificat

September 26, 2020

9:00 am – 10:00 am

PLEASE REGISTER – by clicking the below link


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Free event! Donations gratefully accepted.

It is easy to join. You will be asked to download Zoom to your device (computer, tablet or smart phone) and you will be connected via internet.

Audience will be muted but you will be able to hear and see the presenter.

Hope you can join us for this event. We look forward to being together and hearing Lynda share her testimony with us.



Guest Speaker:   Lynda Holler


Topic:  Living and Learning God’s Truth Through Both the Joys and the Sorrows

Lynda Holler is a cradle Catholic and at a young age began praying to God for wisdom, believing that if she made wise choices her life would be good. But life is messy and as a young adult she began to learn that our lives are impacted by more than our own choices. Eight months into her newlywed year, her handsome, NYC Firefighter husband, was diagnosed with oral cancer. Throughout the 21 challenging years that followed, Lynda and her family relied on their Catholic faith, prayer, the Sacraments, and supportive clergy and parishioners to sustain them. God’s graces poured forth; and although they did not get the miraculous healing they longed for, God answered Lynda’s prayer to understand the mysterious teaching of Redemptive Suffering, helping them see good that comes from suffering and drawing them into a closer personal relationship with Jesus.

Lynda’s experiences inspired her to author My Name is Kenny I Can’t Talk, revealing that every one of us makes an indelible impact on the world right up to our natural deaths. She currently works as Director of Discipleship at St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish in Brewster, NY and advocates in NY State against Physician Assisted Suicide legislation.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.”  Proverbs 3:5

“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

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.

TICKETS – Free Online Event


REGISTER ONLINE by September 24, 2020




(Not Applicable for this virtual event)

Registration Fee: Mail – $25.00; Online – $28.00 (includes processing fees)   —  Clergy and Religious:  Complimentary

Pre-Registration required.


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

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


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Albany NY Chapter of Magnificat
PO Box 340
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Registration Information: Diane Bigos@518-810-1310


Sorry to inform that we are cancelling our onsite meal on November 14.  However, we are organizing a virtual meeting via Zoom.

November 14, 2020 – Magnificat Visitation (Virtual via Zoom) – 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Guest Speaker:  Ruth Fazio


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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.


Evening: We are meeting every Wednesday evening for our Intercessory Prayer Meeting on Zoom. If you would like to join us, contact us at albanymagnificat@gmail.com

Afternoon: The 1st Thursday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at 39 Oakwood Blvd., Clifton Park, NY – contact Mary Curry @ 518-371-6540 (temporarily postponed)



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

Rev. Michael Flannery, Spiritual Director

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.