Everyone Needs a Model

Everyone Needs a Model By Jennifer Ristine Everyone needs a model, someone whom you can look up to, with whom you feel a sense of solidarity. The sense that someone else has “been there and done that” makes your own journey less daunting. This July 22, Magdala looks to a woman, celebrating the ideal and…

Letter from Fr. John (XLIX)

Woman! (Jn 20, 11-31) On this occasion, I would like to return to a consideration offered by the Gospel of Saint John. That beautiful passage is the encounter of the Risen Jesus Christ with the Magdalene. I invite you to re-read it and savor it in a moment of silence and prayer, and I want…

Magdala Through History | A resting place for Byzantine pilgrim

A resting place for Byzantine pilgrim By Fr. Cristobal Vilaroig In the 70´s of the past century, archaeologists found in Magdala the remains of a large monastery of the Byzantine era. Within, evidence indicated that the monks there welcomed the pilgrims who passed by. The monastery, located south of the Franciscan property, stretched over an…

Gaze

Gaze By Kathleen Nichols Paddleboarding from Magdala to Capernaum takes a little under three hours, and I have made the crossing several times in the past weeks. The Sea of Galilee in the early morning is generally calm, and around dawn, the northern part of the lake is especially peaceful. As I lead my brother,…

Letter from Fr. John (XLVIII)

Dear Magdala Family, I am delighted to send you this message and my best wishes as we approach the start of summer. I hope we can all enjoy more family time and a well-deserved rest. For those in the southern hemisphere, I hope winter is not too hard on you this year. First, I want…

Magdala Palm Tree

The Palm Trees of the Holy Land

The Palm Trees of the Holy Land Prayerfully watching the sunrise over the Sea of Galilee through the great arched window in Duc In Altum always fills me with peaceful delight. The growing daylight forms a shining path over the water toward the opposite shore, still dressed in the morning mist. This backdrop accentuates several…

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Letter from Fr. John (XLVII)

Dear Magdala Family, A few months have passed since our last newsletter, but I trust that you have been able to follow some of the latest developments of Magdala through our new online programming and latest Pilgrimage of Grace. Our latest virtual pilgrimage was an outpouring of God´s grace from all perspectives. After a two-year…

Magdala Through History | A Church in Magdala

A Church in Magdala It is a fact: there was a church in Magdala. As we have seen, around the year 800, Epiphanius testified to it. In addition, two centuries later, Pseudo-Peter of Sebaste would also speak of a church in Magdala, and in that church it was remembered, “how Christ expelled the seven demons…

8TH WOMEN´S ENCOUNTER

THE WAY OF BEAUTY Female Musicians Inspiring Hope in Times of Crisis   SEE COMPLETE PROGRAM AND COSTS REGISTER HERE Join us for the 8th Annual Women’s Encounter at Magdala, ancient hometown of Mary Magdalene and explore the power of the Feminine Genius: the unique way in which women are designed to bring life and…