Letter from Fr. Juan (XXXVII)

Dear Magdala Family, In the midst of the whirlwind of events that surround us in this time and with the many “this never happened to me,” or “I had never done it like this…” and where our human organizations and institutions are attempting to re-invent themselves to pull ahead and through the obstacles that this…

Stones

By Kathleen Nichols R.C. Consecrated Woman Close to the top of Mt. Arbel facing Magdala, the mouth of a large cave calls down to visitors, “come up… come up here and see!” I have heeded this invitation numerous times, making my way up rocky terrain riddled with caves that housed people at some point in…

My Quarantine in Magdala

By Nicole Chuey My name is Nicole Chuey Mendoza, and I am 22 years of age. I came to Magdala with the purpose of volunteering and putting into practice some of my professional knowledge from my studies in Gastronomy. I am originally from Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico where I´m currently studying in Le Cordon Bleu IEST…

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…

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…