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Magnificat event to be Aug. 12

LINCOLN (SNR) – The Morning Star Chapter of Magnificat is taking reservations for the summer prayer meal Saturday, Aug. 12, at 9:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 East O St., Lincoln.

Becky Mach Deaver will present “A Magnificat of a Heart’s Desires!”

Deaver is a cradle Catholic who was raised in Wahoo and graduated from St. Wenceslaus Grade School and Bishop Neumann High School. After a year as a postulant in the School Sisters of Christ the King, she said God showed her He wished to fulfill the deepest desires of her heart by calling her instead to married life.

Today Becky manages her household in Nebraska with husband Luke and six children. She has been a church musician for almost 15 years and is co-host of the podcast, “Go Forth with Heather & Becky.” They interview Catholics from around the world who are living as intentional disciples. They made their television debut on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) Aug. 3, appearing on a live episode of “At Home with Jim and Joy.” The show will be rebroadcast Saturday, Aug. 5 at noon (Central Time) and again on Sunday, Aug. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

To attend the Aug. 12 Magnificat event, mail a $20 check ($10 for students) payable to Magnificat by Aug. 7 to Magnificat, c/o Tina Colgan, 521 N. 56th St., Lincoln, NE, 68504. Pre-paid registrations are required; no walk-ins. With questions, contact coordinator Rhonda Litt at 402-489-3819, or text or call 402-525-6396.                  

Magnificat is a ministry to Catholic women, a private association of the faithful within the Catholic Church under the jurisdiction of the Lincoln Diocese. The inspiration for the ministry is taken from the Visitation in St. Luke’s gospel, Chapter 1. After Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and Jesus was conceived within her, she went in haste to her cousin Elizabeth, who was also with child. Scripture reads that at the moment Mary’s greeting reached Elizabeth’s ears, the child in her womb – St. John the Baptist – leaped for joy and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Mary responded with the Magnificat. “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior… The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” (Luke 1:46-47, 49) Like the Blessed Mother, Magnificat’s speakers proclaim the greatness of the Lord in their lives, inspiring those present to see Jesus and His Love for them in their life.

The first Magnificat prayer meal was held in 1981 in New Orleans and the organization has become an international ministry with chapters spreading across the world.

Magnificat of Lincoln, the Morningstar Chapter, was approved by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz and held its first prayer meal breakfast in 1996. The chapter hosts quarterly prayer meals with both local and national speakers.  

The primary purpose of Magnificat is to help Christian women become more open to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus as Lord and to impart the Holy Spirit to one another by their love, service and sharing the good news of salvation. For more, visit www.magnificatoflincoln.com.

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