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Magdalena Institute

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Magdalena Institute

Magdalena Institute, situated in the hometown of Mary Magdalene, derives its inspiration from her encounter with Jesus.  She was healed, had her dignity restored and was commissioned by Jesus to announce the Good News.  Today she is honored as the “Apostle to the Apostles” and offers women of all walks of life a testimony of hope and courage.

The Magdalena Institute maintains a vision of the human person, rooted in scripture and in dialogue with tradition and contemporary culture, stressing that the human person’s dignity springs from being created in God’s image and likeness.  The Institute promulgates the equality in dignity of men and women, while respecting their differences and complementary qualities.

The Institute seeks to highlight issues of human dignity – with an emphasis on the dignity of women – and contributions of the feminine genius in both religious history and facets of life today.  We hope to engage in important discussions and honor the essential characteristics that women offer humanity. These characteristics can be highlighted in prominent women of the Bible, women through history and contemporary women.

In addition to participating in, promoting and organizing activities that inspire persons to appreciate, respect and value their dignity, Magdalena Institute’s mission embarks the desire to be a support for people seeking spiritual and psychological healing and renewal.



Jennifer Ristine

Director of Magdalena Institute

Jennifer is a consecrated woman and member of the Regnum Christi Movement. She is originally from Chicago, currently running the Magdalena Institute at Magdala. She has a Master of Arts in Theology, Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral and Religious Studies (in conjunction with Regina Apostolorum, Rome), and a Bachelors of Science in Special Education (Learning Disabled and ‎Behavior Disordered).








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Magdala (near present day Migdal) is located on the western coastline of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) and at the eastern foothills of Mount Arbel. Read More

Migdal Junction, P.O. Box 366, 1495000 Migdal, Israel

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