Magdala was founded at St. Basil’s Catholic Parish in Toronto. A conciliary was formed to provide a place to respond to Pope’s Francis’ invitation to develop a “profound theology of women” and to interpret and understand the feminine dimension of the Church.
The conciliary, composed of men and woman with diverse backgrounds in education, business, theology, science and arts, gathered monthly and explore themes from feminist theology, scripture and culture to find expression from the lived experience of its participants and inspiration from its female saints.
Magdala is proud to participate in its first of three Seminars in Rome from April 28-30, 2016, entitled Heart (Cuore).
Leanna Cappiello holds her B.A.[Hons] in Drama in Education & Community and her Bachelor of Education. She interned with Salt+Light Catholic Media, and has been part of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York. Published in both secular and religious media, she works as the Social & Community Coordinator at St. Basil’s Parish. Here she dedicates herself to creative event coordination, social media management, and navigating new parishioners and volunteers into Parish life.
Emily VanBerkum holds a B.A.(Hons) with a specialization in Christianity and Culture and an M.Div degree. She has volunteered widely as a student intern in Ecumenical Chaplaincy and as a delegate of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops during ecumenical dialogue meetings. She is presently employed as the Liturgical & Sacramental Coordinator at St. Basil’s Parish, where she oversees the liturgical ministries, facilitates sacramental preparation and adult faith formation including the Rite of Christian Initiation program.