What is Magnificat?

Objectives of Magnificat

MAGNIFICAT is a Ministry to Catholic women. Its purpose is to help Catholic women to open 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 for Catholic evangelization while fostering a desire to grow in holiness.

Why Magnificat?

The words of the Magnificat recorded in Luke 1:46 are the beginning of Mary’s response to Elizabeth’s joyful greeting. The entire scene of the Visitation is the inspiration for this ministry, which adopts the name of Mary’s hymn of praise and the spirit of this Biblical encounter as its own. Following the example of Mary and Elizabeth, this woman-to-woman ministry within the Catholic Church, attempts to generate a lively faith in God and His action in our lives along with a love for Mary and the Church. 


Is there a leadership team?

  • Fr. Michael Voithofer is the Spiritual Advisor for Magnificat-Omaha, NE.
  • The Omaha Service Team consists of five women who have met in formation and prayer for over four years: Coordinator - Karen Dwyer, Assistant Coordinator - Kathy Andreasen, Secretary - Marilou Lonergan, Treasurer - Kathy Wheeler, and Historian - Kristi Coughlin. They have assumed responsibility for administration and faithfulness to the purpose of MAGNIFICAT.
  • Msgr. David Toups is the International Spiritual Advisor for MAGNIFICAT and is President of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. He is the author of the book, Reclaiming Our Priestly Character.

Are there dues?

No, there are no dues. The Reservation Fee will cover the cost of the Meal.


Advance Registration for the

Magnificat Meals are Required.


About Magnificat

Magnificat-Omaha, NE has been approved by Archbishop Lucas as an official organization in the Archdiocese of Omaha. Although Magnificat is new to Omaha and Northeast Nebraska, it is not a new organization. MAGNIFICAT was the inspiration of the late Bishop Stanley J. Ott with the encouragement of the late Archbishop Philip Hannan of New Orleans. Its first function, a prayer breakfast, took place on October 7, 1981. Now, there are over 100 MAGNIFICAT Chapters in the world. 


MAGNIFICAT ministers to those women 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 is a valuable evangelistic tool.

  1. Live out the joyful mystery of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth.
  2. ​Help Catholic women to open their lives 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.
  3. Provide opportunities which foster growth in holiness,
  4. Sponsor the MAGNIFICAT MEAL four times per year, which is the essential function of MAGNIFICAT. The MEAL includes a Catholic speaker who shares her inspiring personal testimony, praise & worship, fellowship, intercessory prayer, a short message from the priest-advisor plus a meal together.
  5. Imitate Mary through spiritual adoption of priests and seminarians in prayer.