Sally Beckman said it’s hard for her to name off just one scriptural passage that’s her favorite. It’s like looking at a flower, she noted.
"Whatever one I’m looking at is my favorite at the time," said Beckman, who has been active in several faith-enrichment groups in the Diocese of Albany, including Marriage Encounter, RCIA and Cursillo.
In fact, Beckman and her husband of nearly 50 years, Deacon Marty Beckman, helped start the Diocese of Albany’s Cursillo program after they became involved in the Christian spirituality movement while living in the Diocese of Rochester from 1965 to 1972.
Beckman will give testimony about her journey of faith during the Rochester Magnificat dinner from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 11, at the RIT Inn and Conference Center, 5257 W. Henrietta Road, Henrietta.
Magnificat is a person-to-person women’s ministry that features testimony, prayers, fellowship, meals and music. Confession and personal prayer will be available at the end of the program.
Kathy Murty, the treasurer and registration coordinator for Magnificat, helped to arrange for Beckman to speak to the group. Murty said that Beckman is able to lead by example, both in her spirit and in her life.
"She is a woman who is in love with the Lord and full of spirit," Murty said. "She’s upbeat, funny, intuitive, compassionate."
Murty and Beckman are close friends who met while attending the former St. Augustine Parish in Rochester. They also were neighbors.
"We had a really great Christian community there," Beckman said. "It was a great place to live."
In Albany, where Beckman lives and attends St. Vincent Parish, she comanaged senior housing with her husband for 10 years. She then managed the housing on her own for three years.
Though she does some part-time work for her niece’s business, she also has been free to help her family face several recent challenges, including the death of Beckman’s mother and the illness of Beckman’s sister, who sustained brain damage and other health problems after her heart stopped due to complications during an elective sinus surgery.
She said she does grieve these losses but does not question why they happened.
"None of us knows what we are going to face in the future, and that is a blessing," said Beckman, a mother of six and grandmother of 16.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Early registration for the Magnificat event is $18. If postmarked after June 4, registration is $23. Student registration is $10, and clergy and religious may attend for free, although they must register. To register, mail a check to Magnificat Rochester, PO Box 24787, Rochester, NY 14624. For details, call Kathy Murty at 585-436-1284.