Women in Church Leadership
Mary of Magdala


2017 Mary of Magdala Celebrations 
Go and Tell My Sisters and Brothers: Celebrating Women Preachers


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This year, FutureChurch will lift up women preachers from Scripture and history -- from Mary of Nazareth and Mary of Magdala to Catherine of Siena and Thea Bowman. Together we will honor and learn from their witnesses and ask them to pray with us as we work to lift up women’s voices in Church and society today. 

Resources: FutureChurch has developed a packet with everything you need to celebrate the Feast of St. Mary of Magdala this year. Including:

  • Options for Celebrating
  • Sample Prayer Service
  • Sample Op/Ed 
  • Resources for Women's Preaching
  • Creative Ways to Preach in Your Community
  • and more!...

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This year, we are inviting you to:

  • Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Mary of Magdala (July 22nd) using the theme Go and Tell My Sisters and Brothers: A Celebration of Women Preachers

  • Learn about the rich heritage of women preachers from Scripture, history, and today

  • Advocate for opportunities for Catholics to hear the voices of women preaching today

  • Help spread the news about one of FutureChurch's newest resources www.catholicwomenpreach.org, where you can see women preach on the Sunday readings every week. 

We hope you can join us! Click the link below to recieve an organizing packet as soon as they are available.

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Mary of Magdala is perhaps the most maligned and misunderstood figure in early Christianity. In Christian art and hagiography, Mary has been romanticized, allegorized, and mythologized beyond recognition. Since the fourth century, she has been portrayed as a prostitute and public sinner who, after encountering Jesus, repented and spent the rest of her life in private prayer and penitence. Paintings, some little more than pious pornography, reinforce the mistaken belief that sexuality, especially female sexuality, is shameful, sinful, and worthy of repentance. Yet the actual biblical account of Mary of Magdala paints a far different portrait than that of the bare-breasted reformed harlot of Renaissance art.

In fact, Mary of Magdala was one of Jesus’ most influential apostles—and she was not a prostitute, said Distinguished Professor of Theology Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus on April 14. Mary kept vigil at the cross throughout Jesus’ crucifixion, discovered the empty tomb after Jesus’ resurrection, and was then commissioned to “go and tell” the good news.

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  • Truth About Mary Magdalene Could Open Doors for Women in the Church, Scholar Says read more

History of Mary of Magdala