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9th Annual Women’s Encounter in Magdala, Israel: “A Revelation of Woman as a Story, a Dynamism, A Vulnerability, a Force and a Spirit”

“This Encounter has revealed woman to me as a story, a dynamism, a vulnerability, a force and a spirit,” affirms Michelle Waters of Los Angeles, USA, describing the ninth Annual Women’s Encounter in Magdala, Israel.

From March 30 to April 1, 2023, about 60 women from different parts of the world gathered in Magdala to receive formation about the feminine genius.

Kathleen Nichols organized this encounter with philosophers, educators, religious leaders, businesspeople and musicians, to celebrate the feminine identity with conferences, interchange, music and prayer in the Judeo-Christian tradition, along the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

From the Holy Land, a crossroads of cultures and religions, the Magdalena Institute seeks to be a catalyst for the dignity of women. Uniting organizations and individuals to provide healing in areas of masculinity and femininity, it offers formation on women’s anthropology and sexual differences, and it contributes to the discussion on women’s role in monotheistic religions.

The first Women’s Encounter was a one-day event organized by Jennifer Ristine in 2015. Its objective was to promote women’s dignity within an interreligious atmosphere, fostering solidarity to recognize, affirm and support their initiatives as agents of positive change in society.

As the Magdalena Institute continues to develop, it works for recognition as a platform to promote women’s dignity. Marie-Claire Pret de Sète, of France, describes the recent encounter as “a transforming experience that will nourish my work and life for years to come. The Holy Spirit was with us the whole way!” She thanked the organizers, speakers and participants for taking on difficult topics in a respectful and constructive way.

The next annual encounter will take place March 21-23, 2024, preceded by a pilgrimage beginning March 13. Information will soon be available at

About Kathleen Nichols

In her 30 years as a Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, Kathleen Nichols has directed and served in Catholic schools in Spain, Argentina, the United States and Italy. She currently resides in the Holy Land, on the Sea of Galilee, where she directs the Magdalena Institute, leads virtual pilgrimages and organizes events for guests at Hotel Magdala.


Link to original Spanish publication here.

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Alex Kucera


Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!