Magnificat is a private association of the Christian faithful, whose statutes were originally approved by Archbishop Philip Hannan of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and are in accord with the norm of Canon 305.2 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. While Magnificat began under the auspices of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and was first incorporated in the State of Louisiana, each local chapter functions with permission of the local ordinary and is incorporated in its respective state.

The Central Service Team (CST) is the highest governing body of Magnificat. While allowing for legitimate diversity, the CST in union with the bishops of the dioceses to which Magnificat has spread, preserves the integrity of the Ministry.

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