Magnificat - A Ministry to Catholic Women
What is Magnificat?
The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
Magnificat, a Ministry to Catholic women is a private association of the faithful within the Catholic Church under the jurisdiction of the local ordinary. Its purpose is to help Catholic women to open more and more 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. It thus provides opportunities which will foster a desire to grow in holiness.
Magnificat ministers to those women in and out of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal whose faith in the person of Jesus Christ has allowed them to believe in the activity of God’s spirit in their lives. It also has great appeal to those women who may be struggling with faith or who have lost touch with the Church. It can be a valuable evangelistic tool.
Our Diocese is in the Discernment Processes of starting a Chapter in the Sioux Falls Diocese. For more information please call Julie Cady - (605) 521-5782
History of Magnificat
Magnificat was begun by a group of Catholic women from the Archdiocese of New Orleans who observed a need among Catholic Women for a faith-sharing experience in a relaxed social setting.
Magnificat was the inspiration of the late Bishop Stanley J. Ott (then Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans) with the encouragement of the late Archbishop Philip Hannan (Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans). Its first function, a prayer breakfast took place on October 7, 1981.
Magnificat is a private association of the Christian faithful, whose statutes were originally approved by Archbishop Philip Hannan of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and are in accord with the norm of Canon 305.2 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. While Magnificat began under the auspices of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and was first incorporated in the State of Louisiana, each local chapters functions with permission of the local ordinary and is incorporated in its respective state.
It was born out of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and has been nurtured by it.