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.

Women’s Prayer Breakfast

Hosted by the Gentle Woman of Praise Chapter of Magnificat


June 1, 2019

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

(doors open at 8:30 am)


Holiday Inn Express
400 Old Loudon Road
Latham, NY  12110


Guest Speaker: Clare Daly


Clare Daly is a youth minister at St. Ambrose Church in Latham and has been involved with a variety of Catholic ministries. She currently serves on the leadership team for a local young adult group called the Capital Region Frassati Chapter and as the Enrollment Coordinator for Camp Veritas, a dynamic Catholic summer camp.

Clare was a missionary for 2 years with Generation Life. She traveled around the nation giving presentations on authentic love and human dignity. She’s also worked for and helped plan retreats featuring acclaimed Catholic writer and speaker Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.

Clare will share stories from her faith journey that will remind listeners to joyfully live the words of St. John Paul II, “Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.”

“Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

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.


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

Please bring your teenage and young adult daughters, granddaughters, nieces and friends!!


Registration by mail received by May 23, 2019
Registration Fee: Mail – $20.00; Online – $22.00 (includes processing fees)

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Registration Information: Kathleen Carroll @ 518-930-8380


March 4 – June 3, 2019 – The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glenville, NY

Scripture Study of Women in the Bible (New Testament) – from 1 to 3 pm

November 9, 2019 – The Vista Restaurant, Clifton Park NY

Prayer Breakfast – Guest Speaker:  TBA


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: The 1st Wednesday of the month from 7 to 9 pm at 5 Valleywood Drive, Glenville, NY – contact Diane Bigos @ 518-399-3899

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



Diane Bigos – Coordinator
Nancy Hooley – Assistant Coordinator
Carol Heckman – 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.