Top (L-R) Sr. Rachel O’Keeffe, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Sr. Kevina Keating, and Sr. Ricca Dimalibot. Honoree Rose Mary Badami is pictured in the red hat. Bottom Photo 1: (L-R) (seated) Sisters Rachel, Sheila Marie O’Sullivan, Ruth Noemí Tigüil. Robles, Kevina Keating (standing) Sisters Lelia McNamara and Gemma Stanford. Photo 2: Sisters Maura Theriot, Margaret Bulmer, Antoninus Martin, Mary Francis Cortinas, and Bishop Brendan J. Cahill, STD.
The Magnificat House celebrated 50 years of service, fondly referred to as a Jubilee of Love and Mercy. Its first ever gala and auction were held on October 6, 2018, at The Bell Tower. The event honored Rose Mary Badami, the founder, and guiding spirit of Magnificat Houses who at 94 years of age still has a charismatic presence. Mayor Sylvester Turner praised Rose Mary for her resilience and selflessness in giving of herself to the homeless population in Houston. For many years the Sisters of the Missionaries of the Eucharist have been in ministry there. With 15 houses and counting in Houston, Magnificat Houses, Inc. has an unwavering commitment to providing an alternative to homelessness, especially for those individuals with mental health diagnoses. They provide companionship, self-esteem building, skills development, employment outreach among other worthwhile ventures. They operate Loaves and Fishes in downtown Houston and have served thousands of clients through food, lodging, kindness, and hope.