#PinkPrayer

#Pink Prayer By: Jennifer Ristine Magdala in solidarity with breast cancer victims and their families My mother passed away from cancer in 2006.  Despite it being 10 years later, memories of her 5 “battle years” remain vivid.  It colored my days.  Life was different.  Her suffering and the ups and downs of good and bad…

Join Us in Building a Better World

Dear Friends of Magdala: Every time a group of pilgrims arrives to Duc In Altum I ask them, “Who is the person who has impacted your faith and values the most?” The answer, 99% of the time, is “my mother.” Occasionally it has also been a person´s grandmother, a teacher, a catechist…. But only on…

Magdalena Institute / October Initiative

OCTOBER INITIATIVE: Magdala in solidarity with breast cancer victims and their families. The Reality: According to the American Cancer Society, there were nearly 1,700,000 breast cancer cases among women worldwide in 2012.  This is the most common type of cancer among women in the world.  It is a cancer that affects not only the woman,…

A Letter From Fr. Juan

Dear friends of Magdala: As many of you know we are currently in the middle of the construction process of the Magdala guesthouse, and as we continue to move forward and see more progress I feel the need to better express the motivations behind this particular aspect of our project as well as answer some…

I will send the world to you!

When 6:00 pm finally arrives, the wind gusts offer some relief to the 100-degree August heat, and I am ready to dip my feet into the refreshing waters of the Sea of Galilee. What a day! Non-stop tours: Baptists from Atlanta, Georgia; Evangelicals from Sweden; Anglicans from the UK; Catholics from Mexico and Peru; four…

Pita, Pilgrims, and Potential

A few days ago I celebrated my 1-year anniversary of life in Magdala, Israel. September 2015 to September 2016 was a year of culture shock, adventure, and pita.  A westerner coming to the Middle East, I definitely found myself in “another world,” and unlike the many tourists or pilgrims I wasn’t accompanied by a local…

Letter from Fr. Juan X

Dear Friends of Magdala, Let me share with you today a brief story about the history of Magdala, which has caused many to laugh, and others to consider it a strange and curious detail. I refer to the fact that the first plot of land we purchased for Magdala was a small resort that Israelis…

Learning Hospitality

As Magdala volunteers we live in a church compound that is frequented on Fridays by a small group of local Christians. It is not uncommon for volunteers to encounter strangers browsing the contents of the refrigerator or using private bathrooms. The first experiences with this type of interaction felt like a total invasion of privacy!…

Impressions of Magdala from a Jewish woman

After participating in the symposium “Women of Influence”, organized at Magdala in March of this year, I felt sure I would come back for another visit. I was impressed by the women of the various walks of life and religions, and their stories so generously shared with us. I was equally impressed by the aesthetics…

The Significance of July 22 in Magdala!

July 22 was a special day in the Catholic Church, and even more special for Magdala.  It was a day to celebrate a woman’s role in evangelizing.  It was a day to celebrate the life-giving freedom of being made new in Christ and being sent to announce the good news: Jesus is alive! After the…