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.

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. 12th.  However, we are organizing a virtual meeting via Zoom.

Fr. Bernard Dan our spiritual advisor will be our presenter

Magnificat Visitation (Virtual via Zoom)

Hosted by the Spouse of the Holy Spirit Chapter of Magnificat

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM to 11 AM

PLEASE REGISTER – by clicking the below link


You will then be sent the invitation to join the event.

 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 Fr.Dan’s words of wisdom.

Guest Speakers: Fr.Bernard Dan

Fr. Bernard Dan, is the Spiritual Advisor for Magnificat Rochester chapter. He is Parochial Administrator of St Luke’s Parish, which is a cluster parish consisting of: St Mary’s in Geneseo, St Lucy’s in Piffard, St Patrick’s in Mt Morris, Holy Angels in Nunda, St Thomas Aquinas in Leicester and the Newman Community at SUNY Geneseo. He is a native of Nigeria and has been in this country for many years, celebrated his 15th anniversary of priesthood last year. He also shares his many talents with us, both is his inspiring charismatic reflections as well as his music.                                                                                      

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” Luke (1:38)

Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.” Daniel 9:19



Prayer ministry not available.
8:00 a.m. Confessions (Not applicable):
8:30 a.m. Seating begins (Not applicable)
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Program (Fr.Bernard Dan)
12:00 Confession and Personal Prayer (Not applicable)

(Not Applicable for this virtual event)


Register Now!

By Mail:

To purchase your ticket: Early Registration: $25.00 Postmarked after 9/5: $27.00. Students: $15.00. No Registrations accepted after September 9th.                                                                                      Clergy and Religious: Complimentary.

Deadline for registration closed is September 9th.

Your check will serve as your receipt.

By Internet: Use PayPal ($26) on our website: www.MagnificatRochester.org

Pre-Registration required. No tickets sold at the door 

Your Ticket:
Your ticket will be your Name Tag at the registration table the morning of the breakfast.
Sorry, no reserved tables.

For questions: Diane Hayes – 585-943-4759
e-mail: MagnificatRochester@frontier.com

Your name-tag serves as your ticket and it will be available at the door.

Donations are also accepted to assist others in attending our meal.

Mail-in registration:

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Name ________________________________________________

Guest(s) Name ______________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________

City ___________________________ State ______ Zip __________

Phone # ____________________

Email (Please print clearly) ______________________________

Enclosed is $ ________________ for _______________ Number of Reservations.

Please Mail Reservation Form and check payable to “Magnificat” to:

Magnificat Rochester
PO Box 24787
Rochester, NY 14624


Future Magnificat Breakfasts
Dec. 5, 2020 TBD
April 17– Sr. Gianna
September 18—Anne Costa
December 11—TBD

Upcoming Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference

Catholic women’s conference


Catholic Charismatic Renewal website:



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.


Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Bernard Dan
Louise Carson – Coordinator
Ann Iten -Assistant Coordinator
Karen Chin – Treasurer
Jeanne Walker – Secretary
Betty Bunce – Historian / Hospitality

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

[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!