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.

Our 1st in-person gathering since November 2019!


Magnificat Women’s Pilgrimage


Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine

National Shrine of the North American Martyrs

and Birthplace of St. Kateri Tekakwitha


Hosted by the Gentle Woman of Praise Chapter of Magnificat

Saturday, September 11, 2021

11:00 am – 2:00 PM


PLEASE REGISTER – by emailing us at



Please include in your email:  your name, phone number and your parish and if you would like to carpool!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email

RSVP – by Wednesday, September 8, 2021


Cost: Free-will Donation



A Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Martyrs (Auriesville) Shrine


“A pilgrimage to Auriesville – to the place of St. Kateri’s humble birth and Sts Isaac’s Rene’s and Jean’s glorious birth into eternity – helps everyone to breathe the air of audacity and to be bolstered with the courage needed to remain faithful on the pilgrimage of life.  It’s part of the means our faithful God provides to help us meet the challenges of the age.” – Fr. Roger Landry


We will gather for this day of spiritual renewal on Holy Ground where Sts. Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil and Jean de Lalande were martyred and where St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born.


“My confidence is placed in God who does not need our help for accomplishing his designs.  Our single endeavor should be to give ourselves to the work and to be faithful to him, and not to spoil his work by our shortcomings.” — St. Isaac Jogues (from a letter to a Jesuit friend in France, 9/12/1646, a month before he died)

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” – Tertullian

Schedule for the Day

10:30 – Arrive at the Coliseum

11:00 – Mass

11:30 – Rosary

12:00 – Lunch in the Visitors’ Center –  (Bring a bag lunch and beverage)

1:00 – Praise & Worship

1:20 – Reflection by Fran Schmidt – Topic:  “New Beginnings” – “Honoring those who died and those who survived 9/11″

2:00 – Closing Song



“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

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 Event – A Free-will Donation Requested


REGISTER by September 8, 2021

Email us at:  albanymagnificat@gmail.com

Please include your name, phone #, parish and if you want to carpool

Bring a bag lunch and beverage



(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; albanymagnificat@gmail.com




November 13, 2021 – Magnificat Breakfast, The Vista Restaurant, Clifton Park, NY – 9:00 am – 12:00 PM

Guest Speaker:  Joanne O’Hara


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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.


In Person and on Zoom  – 1st Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM – We meet at 11104 Romaine Road, Cohoes, NY  12057 – contact Laureen Sharp @ 518-428-1861  –  Unable to attend in person, join us on Zoom. Click the following Zoom link:




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

Rev. Michael Flannery, 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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