Letter from Fr. Juan XIII

My dear friends, I just came back from Mexico, where, on January 30th we had the presentation of the book “The Magdala Project” with the participation of the author Jesús García, Marcela Zapata, coordinator of the archeological project and myself. We are very grateful for the presence of so many friends and benefactors, as well…

Jack’s Prayer

Jack’s Prayer Every week I pull out handfuls of prayer intention cards left by our visitors.  I’m always impressed with how many people ask for prayers – sometimes there seems to be no end to the cards or the deciphering of languages and handwriting!  Recently I found this card among many others… My heart melted…

A Testimonial of Service and Love

Juliana Martin, June 2016 – February 2017. Mexico I came to Magdala with an open mind, ready for an experience that I knew I would enjoy. Magdala surpassed all of my expectations. At the beginning it was hard – I knew I was coming to work, but I didn’t know that Magdala would be so…

Letter from Fr. Juan XII

Dear Friends: I cannot start this letter for the New Year, 2017, without looking back and thanking God and each and every one of you for 2016, a year in which we had very important accomplishments. Thank you for the generosity of so many friends that have participated as volunteers in the project. Thanks to…

Best of Magdala 2016

Dear friends of Magdala, As 2017 begins we wanted to show you some of the highlights that our team captured in Magdala. Come join us this year and experience Magdala yourselves! Also, we invite you to share or send us your favorites via email, Facebook or Instagram! Wishing you a great 2017! -The Magdala Team

Visitors in 2016

Dear friends of Magdala, Your help is very valuable to us! Thank you for your prayers, donations and visits! Something is happening in Magdala every day and we wanted to share with you exactly who is coming to the site and where they are visiting us from! We are slowly growing and your support helps…

Lessons From Sheep

By Rachel Leach I sat across the table from Fr. Juan at his birthday party in 2013 and said something very risky: “Father, for your birthday can you give me a present?” After his inquisitive look I explained: “The Bible says a lot about sheep and the ‘Good Shepherd,’ and I want to live with…

Set Me Free & Raise Me Up!

Reflections of a Pilgrim By Jennifer Ristine As the Coordinator for the Magdala Visitors Center and the Director of Magdalena Institute, I meet thousands of people every year.  One simple lesson I have learned is, “Don’t judge a book by its cover!”  One day I saw what to me looked like a joyful young and…

Letter from Fr. Juan XI

Dear Friends, I would like to share with you one of the first “insider” experiences I had with Magdala. When I visited Magdala for the first time it was the site of the abandoned “Hawaii Beach” resort. Yet, as I was standing there, I was fascinated. It seemed to me the ideal site to implement…

Happiness Is…

By: Christiane Esser Happiness is…being on the shores of the Sea of Galilee… I wish you all could meet Camila in person! From the moment she entered Duc in Altum in the arms of her father, I was impacted by her joy and personality. While greeting her parents and soon-to-be godparents in the Women’s Atrium, she…