Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Cindy Palmer Is November Speaker At Magnificat

Published October 9, 2008

Seeing her parents living their faith as she grew up and listening to the faith stories of the people—priests, sisters and good-hearted people—they brought around the family’s kitchen table has laid the foundation that Cindy Palmer has relied on in her own life.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, Palmer, who grew up in Athens and Monroe, will talk about her own faith journey as the guest speaker at the Magnificat breakfast for women. It will be held at Killian Hall in Lilburn.

A graduate of the University of Georgia in public relations and drama, Palmer and her husband, Hayne, have three children, Luke, Joseph and Hannah. She is the daughter of Deacon Jerry and Peggy Connell.

The memories of her devout Catholic family “that was both holy and fun” still impact her, as do the lives of their frequent visitors who were “full of faith and full of life.”

She will speak about how a positive attitude, a sense of humor and a daily relationship with God have helped her with the challenges of life.

All women are invited to take part in this morning of friendship, prayer and socializing with others who want to deepen their faith. It is a time of refreshment and spiritual revitalization for women in a relaxed, prayerful atmosphere. The breakfast is held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Killian Hall, 908 Killian Hill Road.

Magnificat is an international ministry to Catholic women inspired by the friendship between Mary and Elizabeth and their spirit of gratitude and praise of God. At each Magnificat there is an opportunity to hear one woman’s experience of the transforming love of Christ in her own life. In addition to the speaker’s presentation, there is a music ministry, a time of intercessory prayer and an opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation afterward. The Atlanta Joyful Visitation chapter of Magnificat has been hosting quarterly breakfasts for women for over 15 years.

The cost is $10 per person and advance reservations are required and may be made through Nov. 1. To make a reservation, please send name, address, telephone number and parish name, along with a check payable to Magnificat Joyful Visitation, postmarked by Oct. 29, to Lynda Cupell, 2140 Briarwillow Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30345. Check-in will be at the door the day of the breakfast for those with reservations. No new reservations can be made at the door.

Priests and religious are invited to the Magnificat breakfast on a complimentary basis, but reservations are still requested for planning purposes.

There is no child care available. Since the day is designed to speak to the hearts of women free of distractions, it is respectfully requested that young children not be in attendance. Those attending are encouraged to carpool and arrive early. Catholic books and religious articles are available for sale before and after the meal.

Questions concerning reservations may be directed to Linda Cupell at (404) 634-8303.