Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Father Durkin To Speak At Magnificat Feb. 7

Published January 15, 2004

Father Jack Durkin, pastor of Christ Our Hope Church, Lithonia, will be the speaker at the Magnificat breakfast to be held Saturday, Feb. 7, at Killian Hall.

The quarterly breakfast for women is part of an international Catholic ministry formed in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The breakfast is a time of prayer and praise and fellowship in the spirit of the friendship between Mary, the Mother of God, and St. Elizabeth, depicted in Luke’s Gospel. The speaker talks about God’s action in his or her life in that same spirit of gratitude.

Doors open at 9:15 a.m. at the hall, located at 908 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn. A music ministry, a breakfast served by the Columbiettes, a time of intercessory prayer, and the speaker’s talk make up the Magnificat meal. The breakfast concludes at 12:30 p.m. and the sacrament of reconciliation is made available afterwards.

Father Durkin, who was the homilist at the archdiocesan Rosary Rally last October, will speak on the humility of Mary reflecting on the Scripture, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you” (1 Pet 5:6).

A native of Darby, Pa., he grew up in North Carolina, graduated from Wake Forest University and received a master’s degree in teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill. He taught and coached in Macon and Athens before entering the seminary. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Atlanta in 1999 and has also served at St. John Neumann Church, Lilburn.

Tickets for the breakfast are five dollars each and may be obtained by sending a check payable to Magnificat, with a stamped, self-addressed envelope enclosed, to Lynda Cupell, 2140 Briarwillow Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30345. Please provide name, address, phone number and parish, and number of tickets requested. Tickets for priests and Religious are complimentary, but reservations are still requested to plan the meal.

Tickets will be sold through Jan. 30, but are not sold at the door. Please mail ticket requests by Jan. 28. At this time child-care arrangements are not available. The program is designed to speak to the hearts of women free of distractions, so it is respectfully requested that children not be in attendance.

The Joyful Visitation chapter of Magnificat in Atlanta is guided by a service team coordinated by Susie Goodrow of St. John Neumann Church. Father Joseph Mullakkara, MSFS, is the spiritual advisor.

For information on tickets please call Lynda Cupell at (404) 634-8303. For information on Magnificat please call Susie Goodrow at (770) 923-4277.