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


November 9, 2019

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

(doors open at 8:30 am)


The Vista Restaurant at the Van Patten Golf Club
924 Main Street
Clifton Park, NY  12065

Guest Speaker: Sr. Teresa Grace Baillargeon, C.R.

                                “To do your will, O my God, is my delight…”  – Psalm 40:9

Sister Teresa Grace grew up in Newmarket, NH, and first felt called to religious life at the age of 12. She spent time enjoying family, playing softball, and working. She obtained a BS Degree in Accounting in 1987, and worked as Chief Accountant for the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Manchester, NH.  She moved to Albany, NY in January 1990, working as a Computer Specialist with the VA.  But Sister sensed a longing for something more; she realized God was calling her to Himself.

Participating in the Albany Diocesan “Called by Name” program in August 1990, Sister Teresa Grace met the Sisters of the Resurrection. She entered the Congregation in Castleton, NY, in 1992; professed first vows of chastity, poverty and obedience in 1995; and made perpetual profession in 2000.  In 2002, Sister received her MBA from University of Albany. She currently lives in Hartsdale, NY, ministering at Saints John and Paul School in Larchmont. She is also the Vocation Directress, which allows her to accompany and support women exploring the religious life.

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!

We invite all ladies ages 16 up to 110 to hear a beautiful story of God’s love in one woman’s life.


Registration by mail received by November 1, 2019
Registration Fee: Mail – $20.00; Online – $23.00 (includes processing fees)

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Registration Information: Kathleen Carroll @ 518-930-8380


March 14, 2020 – Holiday Inn Express, Latham, NY

Prayer Breakfast – Guest Speaker:  Lynda Holler

June 6, 2020 – Holiday Inn Express, Latham, 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 @ 518-810-1310

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.