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Encountering Mary Magdalene

June 24 @ 4:00 PM - June 26 @ 12:00 PM EDT

Sr. Shane Phelan, CMA

Encountering Mary Magdalene Instructor

June 24-26, 2022

Imagining a Church that is Truly Inclusive

About the Program

Mary Magdalene is one of the most controversial figures in the history of Christianity. Known in the canonical Gospels as a healed disciple and the first person to whom the resurrected Jesus appeared, she has been labeled a prostitute and also Jesus’ lover or wife. With the discovery of materials such as the Gospel of Mary another Mary emerged, one in whom we can witness the battles over women’s place in the movement centered on Jesus.


We will look at the images and stories about Mary Magdalene to encounter her as a disciple and apostle and to better understand the energy that clusters around her. Through her we can see openings into new possibilities for reclaiming our passion as sacred and imagining a Church that is truly inclusive. Bring your journal and your imagination!



Friday, June 24 @ 4 p.m.

(check-in 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.)



Sunday, June 26 @ 12 p.m.



Total cost, including room and board: $370

Program fee only: $130

Scholarships may be available.



Register for this program online or by mail. If you have questions, use the contact form or call our Reservations staff at 978-462-6721 ext. 31.


Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center

46A Elm Street

Byfield, MA 01922-2812

Meet the Instructor

Sr. Shane Phelan, CMA, is co-founder of the Companions of Mary the Apostle, an ecumenical community for all genders following Jesus with Mary Magdalene. Before becoming an Episcopal priest and spiritual director, she taught and wrote on women studies, LGBT politics, and political theory at the University of New Mexico, and later spent nine years in an Episcopal women’s community. She leads retreats on 12-Step recovery and transformation in ministry as well as “religious” themes.


June 24 @ 4:00 PM EDT
June 26 @ 12:00 PM EDT


Adelynrood Retreat & Conference Center
46A Elm Street
Byfield, MA 01922 United States