Letter from Fr. John (XLVI)

Dear Magdala Family, Happy New Year! This is our first newsletter of the year, and I would like it to be about hope, great joy and abandonment in the hands of God. I have just arrived to Magdala, after two months of adventures. As I mentioned before, I made a trip to the USA and…

Second Ancient Synagogue Found in Magdala

On December 12th, 2021, the Israel Antiquities Authority together with the company “Y.G. Contractual” and the University of Haifa announced the discovery of a second synagogue in the western sector of the ancient town of Magdala. The second synagogue dates from the Second Temple period and was located in the same Magdala settlement, just 160…

Magdala through history. A Spanish nun

Several pilgrims like Egeria left behind the narrative of their pilgrimages to the Holy Land during the Byzantine era and in the first centuries of Islamic rule. However, only three of them mention, albeit briefly, the city of Magdala. A German archdeacon named Theodosius walked through Galilee in the 6th century, and made this very…

Ana Paula Sánchez

Before the beginning of the virtual pilgrimage of healing, Father Juan, Mary Claire, Rocío (Magdala volunteers) and I hiked up mount Arbel. When we arrived at the height of the mountain, we were overwhelmed by the remarkable beauty of God’s creation. The sun had just risen leaving a blanket of pink and blue in the…

Light

My first December in the Holy Land, I was returning from Nazareth to Magdala with a carload of decorations to prepare the newly inaugurated Guest House for Christmas. Slowly driving along the curvy and empty two-lane highway at night, I navigated the hills and turns of the unlit road through the obscure Galilean countryside. Fear…

A Spanish nun

In the early 4th century Christianity ceased to be an illicit religion, and a river of people began to flow into the Holy Land. These early pilgrims were eager to find and venerate the places related to the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ. Even the mother of Emperor Constantine, Saint Helena, commanded to build…

Letter from Fr. Juan (XLV)

Dear Magdala Family, I wish to send you an affectionate greeting and our best wishes for a Blessed Christmas. I ask that Jesus Christ, Our Lord, be born again in our hearts and fills them with his peace and love. I also want to explain the reason for my silence in the past few weeks.…

Letter from Fr. Juan (XLIV)

Dear Magdala Family, Summer is passing us by… we hope you have enjoyed some rest and family life despite the difficulties of the present moment. In the Holy Land we are preparing for you our third virtual pilgrimage which is fast approaching. This edition which we have titled, “Traveling through the Holy Land with Mary…

Mary Clare. New Magdala volunteer

My name is Mary Clare, and I’m the new Magdala volunteer! I first visited Magdala in 2017 with a group from my university. I remember being awestruck, thinking, “My Lord Jesus likely stood here?” I’ve always connected deeply with Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, where Jesus used familiar subjects of nature and basic livelihood for…