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Magdala Apostolate

The Magdala Apostolate is an outreach project of the Institute of Catholic Culture and is dedicated to providing sound doctrinal formation—both initial and ongoing—for women religious and novices, in accord with the Church’s call for a new evangelization and the mission of the Institute of Catholic Culture. Each term, we offer semester-long courses in the faith to any religious sister or community who applies.

This semester, the ICC is offering three courses for religious sisters, with over fifty-five students enrolled. Our current courses are:

Theology 101 – Introduction to Old Testament
Professor: Subdeacon Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD
Dates: Mondays, 4:30 – 6:30 EST, January 13 – May 19, 2014

Theology 201 – The Triune God
Professor: Eric Jenislawski, PhD (cand)
Dates: Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 EST, January 15 – May 21, 2014

Philosophy 102 – Principles of Christian Philosophy
Professor: Mark Wunsch, PhD (cand)
Dates: Fridays, 2:15 – 4:15 EST, January 17 – May 23, 2014

Current students can access their course information, including syllabus, class readings, and recordings of previous classes, by clicking here (password protected).

If you are a member of a religious community and would like to enroll in future courses, please contact us. You may be interested in viewing our video below to learn more about class interaction.

Our Educational Plan
Following the Church’s directives to explore the use of new media to communicate the saving truths of our faith, the Magdala Apostolate employs the latest in web conferencing tools to create a virtual classroom setting where students (the sisters) and professors can communicate in a live educational setting. Unlike most web-based educational opportunities that employ prerecorded lectures and limited contact with the instructor, the Magdala Apostolate’s live web conferencing approach provides a dynamic educational environment in which professors and their students (the sisters) are able to converse in real time, unhindered by differing geographic locations. Combining this new technology with experienced and solidly orthodox professors, and a small teacher to student ratio, we can make a significant impact in the midst of the present crisis.

Online Attendance
Registered participants use their computers, a headset and the internet to connect to class. If multiple sisters are enrolled from a single community, the Institute provides special headset technology to allow all sisters to listen and speak with the professor from a single computer in their home.

Course Requirements
In addition to regular attendance, reasonable reading assignments and full class participation are required. For a complete list of course requirements, please click here.

In accord with the mission of the Institute of Catholic Culture, all Magdala Apostolate programs are offered at no charge to women religious or to their community. We cannot charge for what Christ has given us freely! The Institute of Catholic Culture relies upon the charity of our generous benefactors. Please prayerfully consider your support for our mission.

Institute of Catholic Culture’s
Magdala Apostolate
Educating the Women Disciples of the Lord

Information for currently enrolled sisters (password protected) can be found by clicking here.

You Can Help!
How many of us, our parents, and even our grandparents received our Catholic education at the hands of faithful nuns dedicated to teaching the faith to the next generation? It is sad to see those who gave so generously to us suffering from “doctrinal confusion” themselves. It is time to give back! The Magdala Institute is dedicated to providing orthodox Catholic education to those who first gave it to us.
All Institute of Catholic Culture educational programs are offered free of charge to our sisters and to their communities. They earned it!

However, offering a high quality education worthy of these dedicated women is not without cost.

Will you stand with us in working to restore orthodox Catholic education to our religious communities?

Would you like to see women religious flourish as they did in the past?

If your answer is yes, please visit our donations page so we can continue our vital work of educating those who first educated us.

By giving today, you will be helping to turn the tide of rampant secularism that is threatening the life of our spiritual communities.