Women of Magdala is a group of women and a few men from the San Francisco East Bay. The inspiration for the Women of Magdala is Mary Magdalene, the Apostle to the Apostles, the first to give voice to the good news of the resurrection. Our mission, through liturgy, education, and example, is to advocate for an equal role for women in the Catholic Church so that the Church may experience the fullness of its gifts through the full integration of the feminine within our experience of God and Church. In so doing, we support the full discipleship of women and inclusive language. We question the ethics of upholding the male dominant paradigm.
Women of Magdala has been in existence since 2009. It meets once a month in a member’s home. It has sponsored many events to raise awareness of the significance of women’s experience in the Church. These events have included talks by Edwina Gateley, Dr. Phyllis Zagano, and Fr. Roy Bourgeois, to name a few. It also celebrates the feast of Mary Magdalene with a Mass planned by our members with participation and support from neighboring communities. We are presently making efforts to connect with other groups of like minded people who support justice for women in the Church.