The Magdala Archaeological Project: A project for life

By Marcela Zapata Who would have thought that an eight-year-old´s dream would have become reality and furthermore reach its 10th anniversary! Looking in retrospective it is incredible. We remember in detail each year that we have spent in Magdala. They have been ten great years of experiences, lessons, and overall meeting amazing persons who have…

Magdala through history. The Best Salted Fish

By Fr. Cristóbal Vilarroig, LC The ancient world outside Palestine knew Magdala with the name of Tarichaea (salting factory). The city´s salted fish was quite famous. Only one author could lead one to think that Tarichaea and Magdala were two different cities. Pliny the Elder, in his work “Natural History” (around 70 AD), says that…

In Memoriam by Fr. Juan María Solana, L.C.

This past 14th of July we commemorated the tenth anniversary of the passing of Don Eduardo Sanchez Junco (Palencia, Spain 1944 – Madrid, Spain 2010), may he rest in peace. We take this opportunity to remember him and ask the Magdala Family and our friends to pray for him and his family. This great man…

Letter from Fr. Juan (XXXVI)

Dear Magdala Family, We continue to find ourselves living in and through this unique period of time. In Magdala we recently reached an important anniversary, the tenth year of our volunteer program. I want to share with you a brief historical recap and reflection of it. It was back in 2009 when the first archaeological…

Roadmap to 2033

Magdala´s vision is to become a premier catalyst for renewal and reconciliation worldwide. As Magdala´s team continues to pray on the process of developing our site we have studied and begun to identify the requirements and set in place programming needed to achieve our vision. One of the most important components of this process was…

Testimony

Our Story with Magdala On my first trip to Israel in 2016, my husband Jim and I hired a private guide to introduce us to the Holy Land. David was secular Jew, who immigrated to his beloved homeland from Australia. He was a ton of fun, but as we journeyed through the usual sites, we…

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…

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…