Magnificat (English)

by David B. Valdivia



Magnificat is a program of faith formation for all the people who want to learn more about their Catholic Faith. Through classes of theology taught by teachers specialized in different topics we are looking to enhance the spiritual growth of each student as well as in the in-depth study of the pastorals and theological aspects of our faith in order to awaken in each on the desire of server to the Lord bybeing Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love in the distinct ministries that we serve in, and continue to learn how to teach our catechetical programs with children.

Magnificat is the single largest initiative that brings together Spanish and English leadership here in the Diocese of Yakima on a monthly basis. We are the only diocese in the region to have such a large, consistent and robust gathering of catechetical leaders. You are key in building up Magnificat and in helping its future leadership in building a more unified instruction and a more unified witness that brings together the large Hispanic Catholic Community with our more historical and very vibrant English-speaking community!


“Credo ut intelligam, intelligo ut credam”

“I Believe to understand, understand to believe”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

The Father Spitzer Center Anchoring Science in our Faith

This year, we are pleased to offer 7 Essential Modules developed by Fr. Robert Spitzer of the Magis Institute that take on the 4 secular myths currently threatening the faith of our youth in the Catholic Church:

1. Science has proven God does not exist.
2. Suffering proves God does not exist. If God was all loving and all-powerful he would and could stop suffering.
3. Humans are just like other animals – a bunch of conglomerated atoms and molecules – there is no proof of any transcendent “soul” within us.
4. There is no proof at all that Jesus was anything special and certainly not divine. There is no real proof of his existence or resurrection – just myths.

(Pew Research)

At each Magnificat class, we add a 2nd session that will examine the Essential Modules that provide you discussion points to use with your child or friends when they question the relationship between Faith and the secular science-based world. Join us in discovering this remarkable material.

Magnificat 2020-2021 Schedule (Updated 2.22.21)

New Magnificat Participant Registration Form (Updated 9.11.20)

Guide for Magnificat Classes (Updated 11.23.20)

For questions please contact:

V. Rev. Jaime Chacon
Vicar for Faith Formation
Also Pastor for St. Andrew Parish, Ellensburg WA


Valeria Flores
Bilingual Administrative Assistant
Office (509) 965-7117
Direct Line: (509) 759-7791