Letter from Fr. Juan (XLIV)

Dear Magdala Family, Summer is passing us by… we hope you have enjoyed some rest and family life despite the difficulties of the present moment. In the Holy Land we are preparing for you our third virtual pilgrimage which is fast approaching. This edition which we have titled, “Traveling through the Holy Land with Mary…

Mary Clare. New Magdala volunteer

My name is Mary Clare, and I’m the new Magdala volunteer! I first visited Magdala in 2017 with a group from my university. I remember being awestruck, thinking, “My Lord Jesus likely stood here?” I’ve always connected deeply with Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee, where Jesus used familiar subjects of nature and basic livelihood for…

Sun Rising over Sea of Galilee

Poem by Linda Dwyer   Dawn breaking, Sun behind clouds peeping, Red, pink, orange; clouds turning, Golden Sun; full, round, gloriously shining, Yellow rays extending, Holy God gifting, loving, blessing.   Sea of Galilee shimmering, reflecting, Birds calling, dancing, flying, Woof, woof; Soter playing.   Reeds, wildflowers swaying, Flowers red, gold; trees blossoming, Tall, strong…

Magdala in history

Magdala & Taricheae Magdala is a word of Aramaic origin meaning, “tower,” and most probably referring to a building or structure found on site. Furthermore, Magdala appears to be a name used commonly in antiquity in the region to the point where cities with this name would also have had a “last name.” This would…