Dear Friends, Magdala Family,
I am writing to you from Puebla, my homeland, at the end of a 2-months trip to different cities in Mexico.
First, I am grateful for my care during my visit to Monterrey, Mexico City, Los Cabos, Hermosillo, Puebla, Tehuacan, and Veracruz. In these cities, I had the opportunity to attend events and celebrations where I could greet people from many other cities and even countries.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your kindness, personal gifts, and support to Magdala. It has been a joy to meet so many members of the Magdala family and share with them the experiences that have touched their lives! I bring to the altar my gratitude to you and all your prayer intentions. My greetings and gratitude to those who have collaborated in organizing these events.
I want to thank some people who have dedicated moments of their lives to Magdala and recently have changed their destination or activity. First, to Angie Andrade, a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi, she has been in Magdala for some years, taking care of different responsibilities. Angie, alongside other Consecrated R.C. Women, is starting an experience of discernment and contemplation. We will pray for her and treasure what we have shared over her years in Magdala. Ana Paula Sanchez Mejorada and Ashley Valdez are also back in their countries; we hope that our love and gratitude reach them where they are and that the collaboration and friendship that we have experienced will continue for the extension of the Kingdom of Justice, Charity, and Peace. We wish them the best in their new stages of life.
We have also received Rosario Mereaux as part of the Magdala team, the new Volunteer Program Coordinator, who will still be counting on Rocio Ledesma for some time. Rosario has been a Magdala volunteer on different occasions; now, she has come with a more significant responsibility for an extended time.
We are starting a year full of promises. Everything is in the hands of God. I will meet my priest community in Jerusalem at the end of September to arrange this year as an apostolic team and as the Legionaries of Christ community in the Holy Land. We have some goals to achieve that must be processed and established: the Youthfest Encounter Magdala 2024 from 21 July to 31st, and its continuation from 2025 up to 2033. Years especially filled with grace for being Jubilee and Holy years. We would also want to increase the Renewal Priesthood Courses; we aim to help the Church and our priest brothers with our goal to have 1000 priests visiting the Holy Land yearly.
We also want to extend our presence in the Holy Land to serve the pilgrims. We have discussed this topic and have been discerning with our teams and superiors.
We are glad to announce that we have already started to prepare our next Virtual Pilgrimage for Lent 2024 about the 4th part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which explains Christian prayer. What a wonder to share this treasure with you, one of the most beautiful writings in the Church’s teaching about prayer. We are already preparing everything. We ask for your prayers for this particular intention.
I want to end this letter by reminding you that we are about to begin October, a month dedicated to the Rosary. I suggest you watch our Virtual Pilgrimage of 2020, “Explanation, Reflection & Rosary.” You will find it on our English YouTube channel on October 1st; we will post it daily so you can watch it and relive it like in 2020. I hope that once again, with the explanation of the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, your hearts are filled with a fresh breeze, the fruitful presence of God in your lives, and the love for this Christological and Marian prayer that has given so much good to the Church over centuries, and to the domestic Church: the family. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to receive the notifications.
United in prayer,
Fr. Juan María Solana, L.C. and the Magdala team.