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Magnificat 2020 Woman of Faith

Each year our Rochester Chapter of Magnificat chooses one of our own to be named our “Woman of Faith” and to receive an award naming her as such. This year’s award goes to Betty Bunce!

Before I give her the certificate, I’d like to tell you about my dear friend and why this award suits her perfectly.  I have known Betty for over 50 years. We are members of the same parish and as my committed prayer partner, we were meeting week after week for many years. 

She has been married to John Bunce for over 60 years and together they loved into existence 8 children, 2 who now live with the Lord in Heaven, one adult male and the other an infant son.

She was received into the Catholic Church a few years into their marriage because it was always her desire to stand as one beside her husband & family before the altar of the Lord.

Her family has always been her first ministry but when able she availed herself of opportunities that helped her to grow deeper in love and knowledge of the Lord. A Cursillo experience, a neighborhood sharing group, personal retreats at Mt Savior all whetted her appetite to know Him more. The Charismatic movement gave Betty the chance she needed to discover and use many of her spiritual gifts.

At a very opportune time, Betty joined some women who were seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance about starting a new ministry in Rochester. They prayed for over 2 years, the result being the formation of our Rochester Chapter of Magnificat. Here she is some 20 years later still actively involved, offering intercessory prayers, being part of the Service Team and present at every Magnificat meal.

Her faith touches all of her environments: family, parish, neighborhood. Wherever she finds herself each New Year’s Eve, Betty and John invite their neighbors to their house to pray for their personal needs and to express their hopes for the coming year.

Betty’s favorite place to be when not with her family is in silence before the Eucharistic presence of the Lord. There is where she hears her Savior’s voice and where she receives sustenance and peace. Her actions and life witness to her faith and trust in God. Please help me confer this award on Betty Bunce today, our “Woman of Faith”.

Presented by Kathy Murty