The inspiration for the Magdalena Institute comes from Mary Magdalene and the significance of this site as her hometown. Mary Magdalene was one of a number of women who followed Jesus and supported his work. She was the “first apostle” in that the resurrected Christ commissioned her to tell the good news of his resurrection to the disciples. It is this sense of following Christ and telling the good news that provides the vision for the Magdalena Institute.
The Magdalena Institute provides seminars, retreats, presentations, and cross-cultural events. Focus will include programs based on the lives of women from the Old and New Testaments.
Tour Guide Training
Scheduled periodically, Magdala offers training for local tour guides who wish to have a deeper understanding of the history and culture Magdala provides. Training includes insights into both the Archaeological Park and Duc In Altum.
Magdala provides pastoral care and support to visitors when needed or desired. Priests and/or consecrated women are onsite year-round to minister to those who seek spiritual guidance.
Magdala has an ongoing group of volunteers from around the world who are assisting with many aspects of the site’s operation.