The apostolate takes its name and inspiration from Luke 1:46, the opening line of Mary’s joyful Magnificat: “My soul magnifies the Lord.”  By following the examples set by the Blessed Mother and her relative Saint Elizabeth, this woman-to-woman ministry encourages a lively, active faith in the Lord, along with a love for Mary and the Church.

We are a private association of the faithful within the Catholic Church under the jurisdiction of the local ordinary. The mother chapter began in 1981 at the encouragement of Archbishop Philip M. Hannan and Auxiliary Bishop Stanley J. Ott of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. We were born out of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and are nurtured by it.  Members are encouraged to become more open to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus as Lord. They also seek to impart the Holy Spirit to one another by their love, service and sharing the good news of salvation.  Magnificat has become an International Ministry spreading across the world with chapters currently located in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Malta, Poland, and Africa.

The group hosts quarterly prayer meals, retreats, healing workshops and other activities to support the members.  To start a new Chapter, contact Magnificat International at

The apostolate has five objectives:

  • 1. Live out the joyful mystery of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth.
  • 2. Help Catholic women open their lives to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment to Jesus as Lord and impart Christ’s Spirit to each other through love, service, and sharing the good news of salvation.
  • 3. Provide opportunities for women to grow in holiness.
  • 4. Sponsor the quarterly Magnificat prayer meal.
  • 5. Imitate Mary through the spiritual adoption of priests and seminarians in prayer.

Magnificat Morning Star Chapter founded in the Diocese of Lincoln in 1996:

Local Website -
Priest Chaplain - Rev. Msgr. Paul Witt, V.F.
President/Inquiries - Mrs. Rhonda Litt, 1101 N 79th St, Lincoln NE 68505
402-489-3819 or 402-525-6396

Upcoming events:

February 16, 2019 Magnificat Prayer Meal, 9:30 a.m. to noon at Hillcrest Country Club 9401 “O” St, Lincoln with speaker Father John Rooney.  The morning includes Breakfast, Prayer, Praise and Worship, and Speaker’s Testimony and Witness.

Reservations must be pre-paid by sending a check to "Magnficat" c/o Tina Colgan, 521 N 56th St, Lincoln NE 68504 - $20 adults / $10 students.

Fr. John Rooney was ordained a priest May 27, 1989 by Bishop Flavin.  He served in Lincoln, Hastings, Morse Bluff, and Harvard before being assigned to St. Gregory the Great Seminary.  While continuing to teach and serve as Vice-Rector at the Seminary, he is pastor at Sacred Heart in Shelby.

In 2003, he was sent for treatment for alcoholism.  What appeared to be total disaster has become an amazing blessing in his life and priesthood.  Through it, Father came to know God in a new way, as one who personally cares and works on his behalf in his life.  Great spiritual and personal blessings have flowed from that including Ignatian prayer, a close association with Magnificat, involvement in Lord Teach Me to Pray, growth in prayer and spiritual direction, participation in the Institute for Priestly Formation, and the gift of being assigned once again to St. Gregory the Great Seminary full time to assist in the great work of helping men grow toward the priesthood.

Women won’t want to miss this beautiful witness from our Diocesan Priest, Father Rooney, of His journey in God’s Love, as he learned to put his trust in Him to find the One Truth! 

2-Day Women's Retreat May 10-11, 2019 with Janette Howe: "In quiet and trust your strength lies" (Isaiah 30:15) at Good Counsel Retreat House
Janette Howe is founder of the Seven Sister's Apostolate:


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