Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Juanita Altschuler To Share Faith Story At Magnificat

Published July 8, 2010

The upcoming Magnificat breakfast will feature speaker Juanita Altschuler, who will share her faith story of the joy and support she has received from God as a wife, mother and witness to the Catholic faith through marriage. The breakfast will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A member of St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Lilburn, she is a native of New York City, where she grew up as one of seven children in a Catholic family, attended public schools and learned the faith in twice-weekly catechism classes. Altschuler loved the rosary and the Mass as a child and received her first Bible at 16, which began a lifelong love of reading and studying Scripture.

After meeting as teenagers, she and her husband, Joe, married in their early 20s and raised three children. Though originally of different faiths, they became active together in marriage and family ministries and served as a leadership couple in Marriage Encounter in the archdiocese for many years and in teaching and sharing their faith with people interested in becoming Catholic.

Now a widow, Altschuler will also share her experience, and what God has taught her, while walking the faith journey alone and, years ago, in caring for her daughter during her grave illness. Her guiding Scripture is, “See, I will not forget you. … I have carved you on the palm of my hand” (Isaiah 49:15).

All women are invited to the Magnificat breakfast, which is held at Killian Hall, 908 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn. A worldwide Catholic ministry to women, Magnificat is a private association within the Catholic Church that began in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and has local chapters.

Women are urged to come and to bring a friend to rejoice in the presence of the Lord.

The morning includes a music ministry, a time of prayer, the breakfast, the speaker’s talk on the transforming love of Christ in her own life, and a time of friendship and fellowship with other women. Doors open 30 minutes before the breakfast. After the meal there is an opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation or individual prayer.

Reservations must be made in advance. The cost is $10 per person. In order to reserve a place, please send a reservation request with name, address, parish, contact information and check payable to Magnificat Joyful Visitation to Kathy Timony, 6170 Rachel Ridge, Norcross, GA 30092. Requests must be postmarked by Aug. 4 and received by Aug. 7. Check-in will be at the door for those with reservations only. No new reservations are taken at the door.

Priests and religious are invited as guests of Magnificat, but reservations are still requested to plan the breakfast.

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. Carpooling is encouraged.

For more information contact Kathy Timony at (770) 263-6957. Directions are also available at