Magdalena Institute, situated in the hometown of Mary Magdalene, derives its inspiration from her. Through her encounter with Jesus she was healed, had her dignity restored and was commissioned by Jesus to announce the Good News. Today she is honored as the “Apostle to the Apostles” and offers women of all walks of life a testimony of hope and courage.
The Magdalena Institute maintains a vision of the human person, rooted in scripture and in dialogue with tradition and contemporary culture, stressing that the human person’s dignity is rooted in the fact of being created in God’s image and likeness. The Institute promulgates the equality in dignity of men and women, while respecting differences and complementary qualities they offer the world.
The Institute seeks to highlight issues of human dignity – with an emphasis on the dignity of women – and contributions of the feminine genius in both religious history and facets of life today. We hope to engage in important discussions and share the good news of essential characteristics that women offer humanity. These characteristics can be highlighted in prominent women of the Bible, women through history and contemporary women.
In addition to participating in, promoting and organizing activities that inspire persons to appreciate, respect and value their dignity, Magdalena Institute’s mission includes being a support for people seeking spiritual and psychological healing and renewal.
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Future events may include but are not limited to
- Forums for Research, Exposition and Dialogue
- Value of Women in contemporary cultures
- Women’s role in interfaith dialogue
- On the vocation and contributions of women through marriage, motherhood, consecrated life, ministry and the workplace.
- Contemporary issues concerning human dignity
- Courses and Symposiums on
- Women in the Bible
- Theology of the Body (Discovering one’s dignity through an understanding of sexuality).
- The Feminine Genius (Women’s contributions to Contemporary society/culture)
- Spiritual Retreats