Letter from Fr. John (LXV)

Dear Magdala Family and friends,   I send you warm greetings from Magdala, where we are undergoing a unique time due to the Israel-Hamas conflict. However, amid the conflict, we have come together as a small family and formed a unique community of charity, prayer, and service.  As we shared previously, residents from a Kibbutz near…

Letter from Fr. John (LXIV)

Dear Friends and Magdala Family! Scripture says: The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, Job 1:21. Following our recent September Newsletter, I returned to the Holy Land with high spirits since we were entering pilgrimage high-season and, we had forged some demanding plans and great desires to reach new goals. Blessed be the name…

Letter from Fr. John (LXIII)

Dear Friends, Magdala Family, I am writing to you from Puebla, my homeland, at the end of a 2-months trip to different cities in Mexico. First, I am grateful for my care during my visit to Monterrey, Mexico City, Los Cabos, Hermosillo, Puebla, Tehuacan, and Veracruz. In these cities, I had the opportunity to attend…

Letter from Fr. John (LXII)

Dear Magdala Family, During these weeks, I am traveling through Mexico, but my heart and mind are still fresh with the Youthfest experience, the event in the Holy Land from 21 July to 31. Days after the end of the pilgrimage, a young pilgrim wrote to me and described the event as an “ocean of…

Letter from Fr. John (LXI)

Dear Magdala Family,  We are now celebrating the Novena of Mary Magdalene. She is our patron, model and intercessor.    She is our patron. By God’s providence we have had the grace of God to serve in the Holy Land in her homeland and hometown. We recognize that she accompanies us from heaven with her example…

Letter from Fr. John (LX)

Dear Magdala Family, The month of June might seem a bit gray to some. For us, it is not. In the Catholic tradition, June is the month of the Sacred Heart. That is, it is the month in which we contemplate the love of God with greater intensity, expressed in the heart of Jesus. In…