Newsletter for July 2019

Carlo Dolci

Carlo Dolci

It has been three years since the celebration of St. Mary Magdalene, July 22, was elevated to the level of a feast day. “What difference?”, you might ask. It means that Mary Magdalene is celebrated liturgically like the rest of the apostles. She is the only woman to be so celebrated and rightfully so.

“Who was she? From the New Testament, one can conclude that Mary of Magdala (her hometown, a village on the shore of the Sea of Galilee) was a leading figure among those attracted to Jesus. When the men in that company abandoned him at the hour of mortal danger, Mary of Magdala was one of the women who stayed with him, even to the Crucifixion. She was present at the tomb, the first person to whom Jesus appeared after his resurrection and the first to preach the “Good News” of that miracle. These are among the few specific assertions made about Mary Magdalene in the Gospels. From other texts of the early Christian era, it seems that her status as an “apostle,” in the years after Jesus’ death, rivaled even that of Peter.”
— James Carroll

St. Mary Magdalene is an example of what it means to evangelize, to proclaim the central good news that Christ is risen. She serves as an example to all women that we, too, are sent to witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ.  

The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee

 If you are ever in the Holy Land, visit Duc in Altum in Magdala on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. “Duc In Altum” exalts the presence of women in the Gospel. Thanks to Divine Providence, this idea was materialized in Magdala, hometown of Mary Magdalene. Mary was a follower of Jesus among other women who supported him with their own means (Luke 8).


The Women’s Atrium features eight pillars, seven of which represent women in the Bible who followed Jesus, while the eighth honors women of faith across all time.

The honored women are: Mary Magdalene – follower of Jesus and present at his crucifixion (Luke 8:2), Susana and Joanna, the wife of Chuza – followers of Jesus (Luke 8:3), Mary and her sister Martha – followers of Jesus (Luke 10:38), Salome, the mother of James and John – supporter of Jesus and wife of Zebedee (Matthew 20:20), Simon Peter’s mother-in-law – healed by Jesus, then supporter of Jesus (Matthew 8:15), Mary, wife of Cleopas – follower of Jesus and present at his crucifixion (John 19:25), Many other women – the many women who followed and supported Jesus (Mark 15:41), Unmarked Pillar – for women of all time who love God and live by faith.

 See photo and above quoted description here


 For more on Mary of Magdala and the Magdala Stone pictured in our July email go to


Our birthday celebration was magical. Linda Bedo warmly welcomed us to her home and Lee Werley amazed us with his magic. We extend our thanks to both. Cake and lemonade were enjoyed by all - and the rabbit, out of the hat, appeared to offer favors to those present. Our thanks to Linda’s grandson for entering into the fun. Scroll down to the June 19 post on this page to see photos of the event.

We thank all for their presence at this celebration. We also thank those who offered happy birthday donations and warm wishes via the website - Our ability to provide opportunities to gather depends on your generosity. Donations are gratefully accepted at any time. Click here to donate.


Registration for the fall retreat, “Dipped and Dyed in Prayer” to be held at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, is open. Click here to see registration info and to register. Our August newsletter will provide more details.

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