Deacon Bill Betancourt
“WOW God, really?” These are the words Deacon Guillermo “Bill” Betancourt has used to describe his incredible faith journey. Prior to his radical conversion, drugs seemed to be the center of his life. However, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother and the encouragement of his wife, Sylvia, on July 7, 1990, he decided to go on a retreat where he accepted the Lord and completely left behind his old lifestyle. Come and hear Deacon Bill’s inspiring transfiguration by God’s grace and the hope it offers to marriages and families suffering from addiction.
Deacon Bill was born in Havana, Cuba in 1958. Due to political pressure and communist persecution, his Father escaped to Florida leaving behind Bill, his
mother and sister in seclusion for three years. The family was finally reunited in Florida and moved back and forth between the east coast and Los Angeles. His parents remained loving and caring to their children during constant relocation while nurturing them with their Cuban culture and heritage.
Deacon Bill’s early education began in Catholic school. He then attended
public high school where he was an average student who discovered an interest in electronics. Even though he had career goals, Bill made some bad choices and experimented with drugs. This continued as he attended DeVry Institute of Technology where he earned an Electronics Engineering Degree in 1979. While working at Litton in Woodland Hills, he met so-called “friends” who introduced him to crack cocaine that took control of his life. “I thank God that he never abandoned me and was always protecting me, even though my free will caused me to turn my back on God.”
In 1983, Bill met his future wife, Sylvia. They would eventually marry and have two daughters, however, he still used drugs to fill an inner void. Through the power of prayers of his wife and those around him, Bill went to a retreat in 1990 that changed everything. Immediately after his conversion, he became involved with youth ministry and detention ministry. He felt the call to the diaconate 20 years ago but was told that his primary focus was his family. Fast forward to 2009, Bill felt the call a second time while on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with his family. By the grace of God, on June 11, 2016 he was ordained as permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Come hear the story of our own Deacon Bill!
Magnificat is a ministry to Catholic women. Its purpose is to help Catholic women open more fully to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus as Lord, and to impart the Holy Spirit to one another through their love, service, and sharing the good news of salvation. It thus provides opportunities which will foster a desire to grow in holiness.
We serve the entire Archdiocese of Los Angeles and take the name "Our Lady, Queen of Angels"
Advanced Reservations Required
No payment taken at the door
Make reservation by July 18, 2018 for $30.00 discount.
General Admission $32.00
We accept cash, check or credit card
Available for groups of 8-10
15600 Odyssey Dr.
Granada Hills, CA 91344
Doors Open at 9am
Open seating - please arrive early
Due to the prayerful nature of our gathering, please refrain from bringing children under the age of 12
Our Lady Queen of Angels
West San Fernando Valley, California Chapter
From the San Fernando Valley