2021 Feast of Saint Mary of Magdala Virtual Celebration

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MARY OF MAGDALA AND MANY OTHERS: A CELEBRATION OF CATHOLIC WOMEN

FutureChurch will once again celebrate the Feast of Saint Mary of Magdala virtually!
Please join us for our virtual art tour on Tuesday, July 20th and/or our virtual liturgy on Thursday, July 22nd - both at 7pm ET. 

*Use the form below to register for either/both events. 

About the Art Tour

Tuesday, July 20th, at 7pm ET via Zoom (link to follow)

Our first Virtual Art Tour concentrated on two themes popular in Medieval public art: "Mary Magdalene - Model Penitent Preacher" and "Mary Magdalene - Exalted Hermit". Join us again this year, as Dr. Christine Axen returns to explore the "erasure" of Mary of Magdala and the other women from Crucifixion scenes.  

Dr. Christine Axen is a medievalist with a specialization in French religious history and female religiosity in the Middle Ages.  She received her doctorate from Boston University, and currently teaches at Fordham University in New York.  She also gives guided tours of the Met Cloisters, the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is interested in the depiction of women in medieval art, and the messages that art conveys about social order.

 

About the Liturgy

Thursday, July 22nd, at 7pm ET via Zoom

In every generation women have and continue to faithfully and generously respond to the call to serve God and God’s holy people. Often, sharing from their own resources, receiving neither recognition nor remuneration, they are quietly making “church” happen. Sometimes they are simply taken for granted. But all too often, the dangerous memory of their ministry, leadership, and witness is covered up, hidden, diminished. On this Feast of Saint Mary of Magdala, however, we gather to let their light shine. We celebrate and give thanks for the women from our history, from our own families communities, and from around the world. We will tell their stories and name their contributions. And pray for a Church that is truly enlightened and alive with the God-given gifts of each member.

Kayla August, a rising star in the Catholic Church, will bless us with her gift of dynamic and charismatic preaching! 

 Kayla August, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, has just begun her doctorate work in Theology and Education with an emphasis in preaching at Boston College after serving the University of Notre Dame in several capacities - most recently as rector of the all-women's dorm Lyon's Hall. She plans to use her education to lift-up and empower marginalized voices of those often overlooked in the universal church and in our world. She dreams of a Church truly alive with Christ, and she believes her vocation is working toward making that Church a daily reality!