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Welcome from Pittsburgh, PA!

We welcome you to the webpage of Pittsburgh, PA the Visitation 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. Our Chapter also has a website at

Magnificat Breakfast

Hosted by the Our Lady of the Visitation Chapter

October 8, 2022

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pittsburgh Marriott North
100 Cranberry Woods Dr.
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

GUEST SPEAKER: Kimberly Hahn

Kimberly Hahn has been married to Scott since 1979. They met at Grove City College, where Kimberly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, magna cum laude. While Scott studied to be a pastor, Kimberly earned a Master of Arts in Theological Studies at the same school, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, graduating in May 1982, magna cum laude. They have six children; three are married with twenty-one grandchildren and one son recently ordained to the Diocese of Steubenville, Fr. Jeremiah Hahn.

Kimberly became a Catholic at the Easter Vigil of 1990 in Joliet, Illinois, after a difficult struggle during the four years following Scott’s entrance into the Catholic Church. She completed a book with Scott on their journey into the Catholic Church entitled Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism, which has been translated into more than twenty languages.

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 not be in attendance.


We do not assign seats so arrive early to check in at the Reservation Table and find seat(s) before the program begins.

Online Registration:

Mail-In Reservation:


Feb.11, 2023 Pittsburgh Marriott North

May 13, 2023 Pittsburgh Marriott North


Remember our chapter’s commitment to Eucharistic Adoration and to pray the Rosary on the 6th of each month for the intentions of Magnificat, the Church, a New Pentecost, 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.


Joyce Mundy, Coordinator
Christine Miles, Assistant Coordinator
Donna Melnick, Treasurer
Rosemary Taddeo, Secretary
Sheila Derian, Historian
Fr. Tom Sparacino, Spiritual Advisor

HISTORY of the Our Lady of the Visitation Chapter

(Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA)

Our Lady of the Visitation: How it Began

  • As told by Mary Samsa, founding member and 1st Coordinator of the Magnificat Pittsburgh chapter.
  • Others mentioned in the story:
  • Kay Burkot, founding member, 1st Assistant Coordinator of the Magnificat Pittsburgh chapter
  • Loraine Sarver, 1st Leader of the Intercessory Prayer Team of Magnificat Pittsburgh chapter

Kay and I became friends through church shortly after I moved here in 2001. We both attended the prayer group on Thursday night lead by Lorraine Sarver and her husband.

I was at the 7 pm Mass at St. Ferdinand’s in the day chapel, which is small, so it was easy to notice some new people at Mass. One of the people I recognized was Patty Mansfield, who was a well-known Catholic speaker and part of the group at the Duquesne weekend in the 60s which started the Charismatic Renewal in the U.S.   Patty was traveling with some other people. I ran out after Mass to greet Lorraine telling her Patty Mansfield was at Mass and saying let’s invite her to prayer group.

Patty and her friends were on their way to Steubenville and wanted to attend Mass and Confession and St. Ferdinand had the evening Mass. So, we invited them to prayer group, they stayed and prayed with us.  One of her travel companions was Marilyn Quirk, the founder of Magnificat. Marilyn said to Kay during the evening, “maybe you should start a Magnificat chapter”.  That was that.  A day or so later Kay and I went to breakfast before Kay left for Louisiana for a month to visit her family. During the breakfast, we talked about starting a Magnificat chapter. I had lived in Alexandria Virginia for several years, and they had a chapter there, so I knew of Magnificat. We were both interested in starting a chapter. Then Kay left for Louisiana and that was that.

We sent for the information about starting a chapter, and in reading it we learned that Magnificat was inspired by the Visitation, Mary visiting Elizabeth to care for her during her pregnancy.  Then we noticed the calendar and that the day we had gone to breakfast and decided to start the chapter had been May 31, the Feast of the Visitation.  So, God sent special messengers to us. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mary and Elizabeth were at our table joining us for a cup of tea.  We knew it was God’s will to start the chapter, and we did. We named our chapter Our Lady of the Visitation and knew Jesus and Mary wanted this ministry in Pittsburgh and that the ministry is theirs.

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