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Introducing Mary of Magdala

Jennifer Ristine is a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi who is originally from Chicago, but now lives a long way from home, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  She’s back in the United States this summer, speaking to different audiences around the country about her work in the Holy Land.

In her talks, Jennifer is introducing people to a close friend of hers, St. Mary of Magdala.  Eleven years ago, after 11 years of consecrated life, she experienced a sudden awareness of her own weaknesses in a new way.  Seeking a way to grow in her spiritual life and looking for an example to follow, she was struck by passages of the bible about Mary Magdalene. For 3 years, every night before bed, Jennifer would ask our Lord to give her a heart like Mary of Magdala, a heart purified and poured out for God.

Several years later, she was asked to go to the Holy Land to work at the Magdala Center. She said yes. During these past four years she has also written a book about the saint who has drawn her close. Coming out July 22nd, 2018, her book is called Mary Magdalene: Insights from Ancient Magdala- Unveiling the Mystery.

In her book and in her talks, she draws on scriptural texts, theological knowledge, and spiritual reflections to bring alive the encounter between Jesus and Mary Magdalene.  Jennifer presents the saint’s life and identity as a mosaic of discoveries that are being made in scripture, history, geography and archeology. Her speaking tour has already visited New York, the DC area, and Rhode Island, and she has upcoming engagements in Chicago and Texas.

The talk she gave in mid-May, at Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center in Washington, DC, was recorded and is available on You Tube.

Part 1

Part 2

More information on the beloved saint and the Magdala Center can be found at


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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!