Visitor Center

Magdala´s Visitor Center In the initial plans for the Magdala Center project prior to the discovery of any archeology a multimedia-oriented visitor center had been included in the project. The purpose of this would be to help visitors and pilgrims to the Holy Land better understand the geography, history and relevance of the sites which…

The Sea. By Kathleen Nichols

The daily 5-minute drive to Magdala from the apartment where our community lives in northern Tiberias follows a road that skirts the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. My eyes never tire of looking out over the waters. The glowing rosy surface reflecting the pre-dawn sky becomes a smooth slate blue, streaked by fire…

Letter from Fr. Juan (XXXV)

Dear Magdala Family, In the midst of the pandemic and a thousand vicissitudes, we come to “our” month, the month in which Mary Magdalene’s feast day is celebrated around the world. For this reason, you will see our Facebook (Magdala and Magdala Español) and YouTube (Experience Magdala) transmissions packed with references to ‘our’ patron Mary…

Wildflowers. By Kathleen Nichols

Several months ago, I was searching for a smooth rock seat on Mt. Arbel at dawn, when I surprised a herd of Palestinian mountain gazelles grazing below in the morning twilight amidst a myriad of wildflowers decorating the bright green hillside. As I settled in with my Bible, surrounded by peach-colored flowers and red tulips,…

Magdala through history: The birth of Magdala-Tarichaea

By Fr. Cristóbal Vilarroig No written document mentions when Magdala was founded. However, archeologists have concluded that the city was established somewhere in the second half of the 2nd century B.C. In those days, the successors of the Maccabees reigned in the region. Antiochus Epiphanes, King of Syria (which at the time included the territory…

Letter from Fr. Juan (XXXIV)

Dear Magdala Family, There is an idea that has been turning around in our hearts these past months: surprises. We are surprised by COVID-19: surprised by the drastic changes in our lives because of it, surprised by how we react to it, surprised by the absence of so many unnecessary things day-to-day because of the…

‘Wind’ By Kathleen Nichols

The long quiet time during weeks of isolation here in Magdala has allowed me to more attentively admire the incredible beauty of the Galilean countryside. The late spring flowers, seeds and trees, with deer, sheep and birds, the sunshine, winds and clouds, all proclaim the Gospel by their very existence. It is no wonder that…