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Magnificat Breakfast

You are invited to a Breakfast sponsored by, Magnificat, Christ our Light Chapter.

The guest speaker is Margarita Castellon. Margarita is a life-long Catholic, steeped in her faith, its rituals, and practices, and connected throughout her life to various church ministries and community service organizations. A Cuban native, she came to the United States when she was 10 years old and settled with her family in Ft. Pierce where her father worked as the accountant for St. Anastasia parish and associated schools. In 1968, she played and sang at the first guitar mass the parish had back when it was still quite an innovation!

Margarita started her college career on a voice scholarship, earned during her performance of the role of “Maria” in the Sound of Music. Her academic degrees include a Master in Anthropology from Florida State University and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Her professional career has roots in the Florida Capitol and the U.S. Capitol, having served as a Cabinet Aide to the Florida State Treasurer and as special assistant to then Senator Lawton Chiles, respectively. Prior to her retirement in 2020, she led a strategic team for AT&T which serves the telecommunication needs of government and education in South Florida. In between, she was director of government relations for Ericsson-GE and the Republic Group of Virginia, representing the Government of Australia. When she moved from Washington to Florida, she joined the faculty of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary as an adjunct professor where she taught for 20 years.

Committed to service, Margarita is and has been a board member of multiple community organizations, including the Lighthouse of Broward; the FAU Broward President’s Community Council and FAU Lifelong Learning Institute, Ft. Lauderdale; the Community Foundation of Broward; the Broward Education Foundation; and the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance, among several others. She leads a parish ministry called AIM which provides weekend-long spiritual retreats for individuals with physical disabilities and is a council member of a different parish retreat ministry called Koinonia. She has been a member of several church choirs, sometimes as director and conductor.

Margarita enjoys singing, dancing, traveling, reading, learning, making art quilts, mentoring young students and has great respect and love for God’s creation, the natural world, the political process, and community service.

Tickets: $25 - On sale now through Feb 21

For Reservations:

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Reservations must be received by Feb. 21, 2022

Reservations by Mail:
Please send the mail-in form and a check payable to Magnificat to:
Mary Anne Gioia
PO Box 541501
Greenacres FL 33454

Postmarked by Feb. 21.

Since the day is designed to speak to the hearts of women, free of distraction, it is respectfully requested that young children not be in attendance.

CD Orders: $10.00, Cathy Dorsey, 561-493-8833