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How Magdala has touched lives

“In March 2017 we toured the Holy Land with a group from our parish. One stop was Magdala. I immediately knew this was a special place. When my wife and I returned home I kept feeling the Holy Spirit telling me to go back and volunteer at Magdala. My wife and I talked about it, applied, and volunteered from January to April, 2018. Little did I know what was in store for me. Magdala gave me a deeper, closer relationship with Jesus. I will be forever grateful to the Magdala family. My prayers will always include the Magdala family.” Allen, United States (2018)


“I left Magdala holding many wonderful things in my heart and still wondering. A few weeks later this thought came to me just as the time in the car, an Answer God was asking me, “What do you think has more value – If you give me your Faith and let me do what I want or if I do what you ask me to do?” I had never thought of it that way before. To do the will of God no matter what. To never refuse anything to God, even if it is a sacrifice that would last throughout my lifetime. To never move from the test that God wishes of me. To abandon myself, my will and replace it with His fully. There is so much more that I experienced in Magdala, but this was the greatest revelation for me. Every single day there was full of His graces and blessings. He fulfilled my deepest and even unspoken wishes and desires. He is so awesome.” Maria, Canada (2018)


“Working and living as a family with so many other volunteers mostly young people gave me such courage and hope for the future of those youngsters. Spiritually it was so good to have input from the Priests and Consecrated women and the opportunity to take part in the services and also the facility to go to Mass at St Peters church as well when on early shift. Also I learnt so much about the Bible history of Israel when taken out on our expeditions. Working with cooperation of the other volunteers helped to allay fears that I would make errors as not worked in shop before. I would advise everyone who is thinking of volunteering to go ahead and make that decision as it is spiritually uplifting and also informs you of history of Israel. I wish to thank all the Priests, Consecrated women, Rachel and all the volunteers for making my time there with you in April so memorable. I hope to apply in the future to volunteer again and for a longer time.” Margaret, U.K. (2018)


“On many days we welcomed over 1,000 visitors to Magdala and had opportunities to share our knowledge and love of the special site and blessings of the “Crossroad of Jewish and Christian History.” Each encounter with a guest was unique; we saw many visitors come in with great excitement and anticipation, while others had the glazed-over look of pilgrims having a hard time taking in all the Holy Land has to offer. The majority left with a smile or a tear and a new appreciation of Jesus’ love for all of us, especially, for women.” – Becky, Arizona (2018)


“Spending 3 months in Magdala was a dream come true… It has taken me this long to write my thoughts on Magdala, because I don’t want to admit that this time is now a part of my past. I would like to say, that Magdala is on “Holy Ground” and the Spirit of Jesus was everywhere.” – Olivia, Toronto (2018)


“The impact on my life while here has been a positive one. Living with and seeing people come and go in transit a lot. It was an adventure with Jesus due to the opportunity to meet so many people and enjoy their fellowship. The opportunity to speak to tours about Jesus and who He is every day was a real joy. The energy that I received from doing that was amazing and made the adventure very personal and worth my time.” Don, United States (2017)


“I came to Magdala looking for Jesus. I wanted to get to know the places of His public life and where He preached so much, imagining myself walking alongside Him… I came to grow spiritually. And I found Him! I could see Him in the intimacy of my heart – majestic, shining with Glory, loving, compassionate, and merciful with everyone. Everywhere at Magdala – the Synagogue, Duc In Altum, the Encounter Chapel – all of these places shout with the manifestation of Our Lord’s presence. I can sum up the volunteer experience like this: a unique experience, marvelous, huge intimacy with the Lord, generous friendships with the other volunteers, learning from consecrated life. I felt how much I grew from within and as a person. At Magdala you encounter so much, and a little bit of everything. I give God infinite thanks for Magdala!” Amelia, Mexico (2017)


“For me, Magdala became an oasis of peace, far away from everything – my family, my friends, my environment, creature comforts, worries… People come here and encounter God. You get to find God in the people, who come to give their best and find the best in everyone else. Here at Magdala, charity, love, and service are actually tangible. I know that this experience a before and after in my life. I spent 8 months full of work, faith, exhaustion, fun, and effort – all in excellent company. Thank you for everything, Magdala!” Juliana, Mexico (2017)


“Coming to Magdala has been a unique experience. It is the combination of a series of factors: it’s a place in the Holy Land where I experienced God’s presence directly; it’s the possibility of living the most relevant passages of the Gospel in the exact spot where they occurred; it’s the experience of living with a group of different yet wonderful people, where I truly experienced affection and company of good, joyful, disinterested, and self-giving people who are serving God by serving the pilgrims that come to the Holy Land. I have found a true family among the volunteers, one which I will never forget and will always feel close to. I recommend this experience to everyone who can have it, starting with my children and close friends. It is a truly unique volunteer experience.” Jose, Spain (2017)


Testimonials“By giving this donation to Magdala, I am contributing to its spiritual work of saving souls and spreading the Gospel message, which was Jesus’ last command to us before he ascended to Heaven. This center will be a wonderful place to exhibit Jesus’ teachings in the very land where he walked and preached. I know that my pilgrimage to the Holy Land changed the way I prayed and read the Gospel.” – Pia, New York (2017)


“I am touched by the small donation I made because I feel I am contributing to a project that will save souls. I recently visited the Holy Land, and the experience was life changing for me. I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to go as not many people can.” – Mario, New York (2017)


“ I believe it is by far one of the most important sites to visit in all of the Galilee. To be able to stand just outside the 1st Century synagogue, and KNOW that Yeshua was there countless times praying and reading from the Holy Scriptures with the scrolls sitting on the “Torah Seat” is especially moving. So many of my guests have said just that. Also, to stand outside of the “living room” of who was most likely the governmental leader of the Town of Magdala, and could see in one’s spirit, Yeshua reclining and sharing His Father and the Word and of Himself with him, has no words, just again the sense one feels in their spirit of what took place in such an important city of the First Century. WOW. And finally, the Worship Center is indeed a PERFECT PLACE for people to do just that, WORSHIP, again is very moving.” – Y. M., Israel (2017)


The fact that I have three months of vacation and I am a Catholic person made me realize that I should do more for other people. And that’s when I was presented with the idea of this project. The fact that the program took place in the Holy Land – Wow!
The priests are all amazing, the spiritual part of volunteering is also wonderful. I can’t leave out the fact that the cultural trips were all absolutely, positively, amazing.” – Antonio, Portugal (2017)


“Wow! I cannot even start to explain how drastically my life has changed during my three months at Magdala. There are two reasons: one, I grew up. Two, I encountered God. As fun and special Magdala is, it is also not easy. You are constantly surrounded by different personalities and cultures, so one’s character gets shaped a lot, since you work quite hard as well. I grew up Protestant; at Magdala I learned a lot about the Catholic Church and the importance of unity among God’s children. My world expanded as I met people from all over the globe, but my life changed when God personally brought me to a point of complete brokenness and met me during a time of fasting. He is faithful and true and now I am learning to walk in the Holy Spirit.” – Lienke, South Africa (2017)


“It’s such a spiritual journey for spending 2 months in Magdala. As a Chinese volunteer, I really enjoyed staying with other volunteers from all over the world. Besides, being a tour guide in Magdala is remarkable. I learned a lot from it.” – Joshua, China (Aug 2017)


“I think the site is spectacular, it’s a wonderful uncovering of history. I believe Jesus was here…” – Linda, United States (2016)


“I would like to express my deep feelings towards the unusual event of the inauguration of the archaeological park and the new spiritual center at Migdal-Magdala which took place on May 28….This is a place of peace, friendship, love, research, tolerance and generosity. All these were the components of this event. You and your staff did an unusual job in uncovering, preserving, developing and building the site from the ancient remains to the modern and beautiful spiritual center… I am proud to be an archaeologist and an Israeli and to have a chance to be near this project!” – Dr. Mordechai, Institute for Galilean Archaeology (2016)


“I just finished touring the Magdala site, and the synagogue where Jesus might have been to teach is so incredible. It is almost life changing for me to think that I was right there where He was. So come to Magdala because it is an amazing archaeological dig!” – Marsha, United States (2016)


“With some groups we have taken time to linger in the church and to allow them to worship and reflect. As a result we’ve seen the Holy Spirit touch some people with profound healing. Last week a family who had suffered a trauma when their aspiring pilot son was in a car wreck. The fact that he was alive, was a miracle and the parents compared his survival with resurrection. But here Dylan was – four years later – walking the terrain of Magdala with his mom and dad. In the chapel of Talitha we spoke a little bit about the expression “apple of His eye” which refers the protective love of God for His children… The flood gates of heaven opened and tears just flowed and flowed. For about an hour the Lord Jesus washed their hearts from the pain and when they walked out, their faces were radiant because they had had an encounter with Him.” – Anonymous, South Africa (2016)


“We need to give support to Magdala because it is our gathering place. It is a place where all Catholics/Christians can come and take part in the history and foundation of our faith, learning about Christ in a personal, vivid way through the places where the Gospel was lived. We owe it to ourselves and to our fellow Christians to support Magdala. It will have lifelong effects on us and how we live our faith.” – Sonali, New York (2016)


“While visiting the Galilee area last week, my husband and I happened upon the Magdala excavation site….We visited one morning and were kindly welcomed by a wonderful gentleman who showed us around and explained the vision of Magdala. While at the excavation site, I had a very moving experience.” – Corinne, Schaumburg IL (2016)


“I have volunteered here for 3 years, and this really is a unique place… it’s the place where Jewish history and Christian history come together. We hope lots of visitors will come to enjoy the place and the tranquility and beautiful weather that we often get here.” – Mike, Israel (2016)


“My friend Michelle just returned from a wonderful trip to the Holy Land. She was telling others that the highlight of the trip for her was visiting MAGDALA! During our pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2008 we were so blessed to hear about your vision and plans for the site, and to hear today from a dear friend how she was so blessed to be there and experience this dream become reality.” – Barb, Canada (2016)


“My favorite part was being of service to pilgrims and local visitors. I enjoyed guiding tours in the Duc In Altum and helping others have an encounter with God. Seeing the reaction of the women after introducing them to their column was awesome. I wasn´t expecting a trip to Bethany, Akko, the multimedia center in Nazareth – all places I’d never been. Even more than that, I am very thankful for the opportunity to participate in the women’s retreat at the Mount of Beatitudes. Though cleaning the restrooms and mopping the floors weren’t my favorite things to do, I was happy to do these tasks because they contributed to a positive and memorable Magdala experience. Overall, I am extremely thankful for this opportunity to serve in the Holy Land. Knowing that my service helped to make someone’s day is such a great and satisfying feeling.” – Jennifer Rodriguez- California, USA (2015)


“Every day at Magdala was time well spent. Even on quiet days with very few visitors, it was an opportunity to get to know the people I worked with. I learned from them and hope that I was a blessing in my very short time at Magdala. I am leaving with a lot of mixed emotions, but grateful that I had the opportunity. I hope to be back in the future.” – Celizma Lotz- South Africa (2015)


“I just visited the archeological site here in the Holy Land and it’s just an absolutely fascinating experience, we just visited the first century synagogue which is an amazing discovery. There are very few sites that can be dated from the synagogue from this period and the time of Jesus – so I strongly recommend anybody to come out here and see it.” – Michael- NH (2015)







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Magdala (near present day Migdal) is located on the western coastline of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) and at the eastern foothills of Mount Arbel. Read More

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