OH, Stark County

Welcome from Stark County, OH

We welcome you to the webpage of the Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth Chapter in Stark County, Ohio. 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.

Magnificat Prayer Breakfast

Hosted by Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth Chapter

Saturday, September 21, 2019

9:00 a.m. to noon


There will be an optional Mass at 8:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel (The Walsh University Chapel).

Doors open at 8:30 a.m.  We do not assign seats so arrive early to check in at the Reservation Table and find seat(s) before the program begins.

Walsh University
Barrette Center
2020 East Maple St.
North Canton, OH 44720

About our Guest Speaker:

Cindy Russo

Cindy Russo OFS is a member of St. Barnabas Parish in Northfield.  She is a widow with three married sons and is a grandmother of five.  She is a Cleveland native and attended twelve years of Catholic School.  She was married to her high school sweetheart, the love of her life, Joe Russo, for 33 years.  Joe was a Past Faithful Navigator of the Knights of Columbus and spent much of his time helping others and the church.  Cindy lost Joe in a tragic car accident in January 2011, but it was the beginning of a spiritual change for her that she never expected.

Cindy’s faith over the last few years was altered due to an experience with ‘a friar dressed in a dark brown cloak’ at Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi in Rome, Italy.  It was the last vacation together with her husband.  The ‘incident’ happened on September 23, 2010, when a friar answered a prayer request to intercede for the healing of a three year old relative who had terminal cancer.  She had no idea until after the encounter that it was Padre Pio.  The young boy was healed.  It was the beginning of a spirit-inspired journey that she has been so obviously called to uphold.

Cindy has been the leader of the Padre Pio Prayer Group of Cleveland, Ohio since February 2013, and was appointed the U.S. Representative for the Disciples of Padre Pio in Rome, Italy in September 2016.  Cindy owns a chalice used by Padre Pio in the 1960’s.  She also has the glove of Padre Pio, bandage and altar cross.  She shares the relics of St. Padre Pio and witnesses her amazing story of faith around the world.

Prayer teams are available following the meal.

Religious books and CD’s may be available at the meal.

Since the day is designed to speak to the hearts of women, free of distractions, it is respectfully requested that young children under the age of 14 not be in attendance.


Tickets must be purchased in advance to secure your reservation.  No tickets will be sold at the door.

Mail-In Reservations – $20 (your check will serve as your receipt)

Online Reservations – $21 (includes convenience fee)

To register online or for more information about our upcoming meal and chapter activities, please visit our Chapter Website.



Please complete the Registration Form and include the names and phone numbers of other ticket holders in your group.

Mail the Registration Form and a check for $20 per person to “Magnificat of Stark County” to:

Vicki Vasto ~ 8735 Glenarden Circle NW ~ Massillon, OH 44646

*Registrations must be received by September 14, 2019.


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December 7, 2019—Speaker: Father Michael Denk

March 14, 2020—Speaker: Erin Clark

June 13, 2020—Speaker: Father Jeremy Merzweiler


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 24th of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Family, and World Peace.


Is God calling you to be in a Prayer Group? Jesus said “Wherever two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in their midst.” Our prayer groups are open to all.

Internet Prayer Ministry
The newly initiated Magnificat Internet Prayer Ministry.
Contact Sandy Elliott at workthebeads@gmail.com.

Personal Prayer Ministry
Prays with individuals following the Magnificat Breakfast.
Contact Betty Carty at cartye@yahoo.com.

Intercessory Prayer Ministry
Meets 1st Thursday each month 1:30-2:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, North Canton (lower level in the parish library).  Contact Vicki Petty at victorialpetry@yahoo.com.


Joan Spieth, Coordinator

Rosemary Pfiffner, Asst. Coordinator

Debby Bentivegna, Secretary

Irene Wood, Treasurer

Diane Stropki, Historian

Spiritual Advisor: Father Thomas Cebula

To be added to our Mailing list, send an email to  Magnificat.Stark@gmail.com or call Joan Spieth at 330-933-8778.

HISTORY of Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth Chapter of Magnificat

[For the Diocese of Youngstown in Ohio]

Est. 2001

Stark County Magnificat Chapter was established December 8, 2000 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  It was licensed officially a chapter by the State of Ohio on August 31, 2001.  The first breakfast was held on December 1, 2001 at the Shady Hollow Country Club.  Ruthanne Plas was the Foundress of this chapter.

Our Chapter began to hold its breakfasts at Walsh University in North Canton in 2005.  The Spiritual name “Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth” was added in 2008.

Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth Chapter held its last breakfast on December 16, 2012.  It remained a chapter but was inactive for 2 years.  After a lot of prayers and discernment about reactivating the chapter, it was reformed in 2014 under the leadership of Shirley DeOrio.