Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Magnificat Speaker To Talk On Joy In Christian Life

Published July 1, 2004

Carol Razza, Ed. D., who will speak at the Magnificat breakfast in August, brings together over 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist with her work as a spiritual leader in retreats, parish missions and conferences.

An adjunct professor at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla., she is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice and has served as an individual, marriage and family counselor. She has also directed retreats and spoken at parish missions, church conferences and healing services in the United States, Malta, the Caribbean and Italy.

She received a doctorate in education in child and youth studies and a master of science in counseling psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and a bachelor of science in psychology from Florida Atlantic University.

She has co-authored two books, “Sonblock: How Christians Unknowingly Shield Themselves From Grace” and “Parent Me . . . Please,” a book helping parents to parent their adolescents. She has appeared on ABC’s “20/20” and speaks frequently on retreats and at conferences offering a Scripture-based message encouraging joyous Christian living. She describes her greatest blessings as her 35-year marriage to her husband, Paul, and their children.

Razza will be the speaker for the 50th Magnificat breakfast in the archdiocese, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, at Killian Hall, 908 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The doors will open at 9:15 a.m.

Magnificat is a Catholic ministry to women, inspired by the friendship between Mary and Elizabeth in which they shared faith, voiced their gratitude and praise for God’s work in their lives, and strengthened and served one another.

The Joyful Visitation Chapter of Magnificat was established in Atlanta over a decade ago and is led by a service team coordinated by Susie Goodrow of St. John Neumann Church, Lilburn, with Father Joseph Mullakkara, MSFS, as the spiritual advisor. The ministry originated in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and has chapters across the United States and internationally.

Olga Myers of All Saints Church, Dunwoody, founder of the Atlanta chapter, now serves on the national service team and coordinates the Southeastern region, assisted by Jan Nerone and Elyse O’Kane, both of whom have been active in the Atlanta chapter from its inception.

Magnificat breakfasts are offered quarterly at Killian Hall. In addition to the talk, the Magnificat music ministry leads a time of prayer and praise. Breakfast is prepared and served by the Columbiettes and the meal ends with a time of intercessory prayer for the intentions of all who attend. The sacrament of reconciliation is offered following the meal and religious books, tapes and devotional items are also made available.

Tickets for the breakfast are $5 apiece and must be ordered in advance. No tickets are sold at the door. Tickets for priests and Religious are complimentary, but reservations are still requested. To obtain tickets please send name, address, parish name, phone number and number of tickets required, along with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope and check made payable to Magnificat, to Lynda Cupell, 2140 Briarwillow Drive, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30345. Seating is limited and tickets will only be sold through Aug. 1. Please mail ticket requests by July 31.

Since the program is designed to speak to the hearts of women without distractions, it is respectfully requested that children not be in attendance. Regrettably there are no childcare arrangements at this time. For ticket information call (404) 634-8303.