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 www.magnificat-ministry.net.
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 - www.magnificatoflincoln.com
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
May 4, 2019 Magnificat Prayer Meal, 9:30 a.m. to noon at Hillcrest Country Club 9401 “O” St, Lincoln with speaker Father Michael Voithofer. 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 - $25 adults / $10 students.
Father Michael Voithofer is the oldest of 3 boys born in the small town of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. Ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 2010 for the Archdiocese of Omaha, Father is the Associate Pastor of St. Gerald's Catholic Church and the spiritual advisor for the Magnificat Chapter in Omaha.
Father Voithofer studied Architectural Engineering at Penn State where he encountered Jesus Christ through a Life in the Spirit Seminar. This experience transformed his life. During his time in college, he heard God calling him to the priesthood. He encountered God’s voice through praise, worship, and adoration.
His priesthood and helping people open their lives to the transformative power of the Holy Spirit is what Father Michael loves to do. He began a ministry in Omaha called Ablaze in 2012. God has led him to lead others to a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit thru evenings of praise, worship, and adoration along with providing people with Life in the Spirit formation. His desire is to build and strengthen the culture of Pentecost in the Church.
Father’s favorite scripture is Scripture is "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! " (Luke 12:49)
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: sevensistersapostolate.org