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Magnificat event for women May 4 in Lincoln

LINCOLN (SNR) – Magnificat of Lincoln will hold their spring prayer meal Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 “O” St., Lincoln.

The event includes a breakfast, prayer, praise and worship, and a speaker’s testimony and witness. The featured speaker will be Father Michael Voithofer.

Father Voithofer was ordained in 2010 for the Archdiocese of Omaha. He is the associate pastor of St. Gerald Church in Omaha and is also the spiritual advisor for the Magnificat Chapter in Omaha.

Prior to his seminary formation, he studied architectural engineering at Penn State University where he encountered Jesus Christ through a “Life in the Spirit” seminar. This experience of Jesus transformed his life and during his time in college, he heard God calling him to the priesthood.

As a priest, Father Voithofer has begun a ministry in Omaha called “Ablaze.” Participants are encouraged to a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit through evenings of praise, worship and adoration, along with “Life in the Spirit” formation. Father Voithofer  said it is his desire to build and strengthen the culture of Pentecost in the Church. He will lead praise and worship at the May 4 event.

All women are invited to attend. Pre-paid registration is required.  A check for $25 (students $10), payable to Magnificat is due by April 30 to: c/o Tina Colgan, 521 N. 56th St., Lincoln, NE  68504. With questions, contact coordinator Rhonda Litt at 402-489-3819, text 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.  Women of other Christian faiths are invited to share the prayer meal as well. Magnificat started as a prayer meal for 200 Catholic women in 1981 in New Orleans and has become an international ministry spreading across the world with chapters in the U. S., Canada, the Caribbean, Malta, Poland and Africa. Magnificat of Lincoln, the Morningstar Chapter, was approved by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz and held its first event in 1996.  

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.

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