Institute of Catholic Culture’s
Educating the Women Disciples of the Lord
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.
What is the Magdala Apostolate? Watch the video below to watch a class in action!
The dramatic decline of women religious teachers in Catholic schools over the past few decades is apparent to all. In the United States alone, we have experienced a decline of over ninety percent since 1965.
While the causes of this crisis may be debated, one thing can be said for certain: there is a direct correlation between the decline in quality of the education that these women received in formation and their rapid decline in numbers. As was declared in a recent official Vatican assessment concerning women religious in the United States:
“The formation programs among several communities…did not have significant doctrinal content….Other programs reportedly stressed…social justice in general, with little attention to basic Catholic doctrine.”
The assessment concluded:
“The doctrinal confusion which undermined solid catechesis over the years demonstrates the need for sound doctrinal formation—both initial and ongoing—for women Religious and novices…”
The Magdala Apostolate is our answer to this need. Through the mission of the Institute of Catholic Culture, we will provide “sound doctrinal formation—both initial and ongoing—for women Religious and novices,” in accord with Church’s call for a new evangelization.
Rev. Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo
Executive Director, Institute of Catholic Culture
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.
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.
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.