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:

Magnificat Prayer Breakfast Aug. 10, 9:30 AM - Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 East O St, Lincoln NE

Morning includes Breakfast, Prayer, Praise and Worship, and Testimony and Witness by Shelly Sullivan
Reservations must be pre-paid by Fri. Aug 2 sending a check to "Magnficat" c/o Tina Colgan, 521 N 56th St, Lincoln NE 68504 - $25 adults / $10 students.

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Shelly Sullivan and her husband Dan, married for 31 years blessed with five children, have been members of St. Teresa Parish in Lincoln for 30 years. Shelly grew up in the Lutheran Church and converted to Catholicism 31 years ago.  Passionate about her Catholic faith, Shelly's journey has been a source of healing from several wounds, and she is excited to share the many ways that God has healed her and continues to heal!

Retreat Nov. 22-24, 2019 with Sr. Lucy and Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ - Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, Waverly NE
Renewal in the Spirit: The role of the Holy Spirit in scripture and evangelization

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