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Catholic Changemakers

The Catholic Foundation's annual dinner honored Marilyn Quirk.

Archbishop Alfred Hughes and Mary Ann Valentino

Jeff Strout

The “31st Catholic Foundation Annual Dinner” honored Marilyn Quirk with the 2016 Saint John Paul II Award, presented by Archbishop Gregory Aymond. Quirk founded Magnificat Ministry for Women, which currently has 103 chapters in 11 countries and has brought spiritual growth to the lives of hundreds of thousands of women.

Archbishop Aymond delivered a tribute to Quirk and presented the award. “Marilyn was inspired by her devout grandmothers, who taught her how to pray. Since 1970, Marilyn has been involved with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal – she was led by the Holy Spirit to found Magnficat, along with the help of others. She uses her gifts for others seeking a closer relationship with Christ. Marilyn has left her fingerprints and heartprints on the lives of thousands of people.”

In addition to the SJPII Award, the dinner celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Catholic Foundation. Instead of a keynote speaker this year, a 10-minute video spotlighted the impact of the mission and work of The Catholic Foundation, including powerful testimonies on behalf of Covenant House, Woman’s New Life Center and Project Lazarus.


What: “Annual Foundation Dinner,” benefiting The Catholic Foundation
When: Thursday, December 1
Where: New Orleans Hilton Riverside


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