St Mary Magdalen was known in the early church as Apostola Apostolorum, which means ‘Apostle (female) of the Apostles (male)’, probably because, according to John’s Gospel, it was she who first spoke with the risen Christ, and it was she who gave the news of his Resurrection to the other Apostles. Legends tell of her preaching to the people of Provence and being a powerful Christian leader in that part of the Roman Empire. Other legends tell of her confronting the Emperor himself with news of the Resurrection. It is clear from the very existence and tenacity of the legends that she was very significant in the life of the early Christian community.
Her feast day is 22 July but at St George’s Cathedral it is Sunday 24 July when Evensong will be celebrated in her honour. Actor Jenny McNae preaches. Readers include ABC’s Minsi Chung. Bishop Kay Goldsworthy gives the Blessing.
After Evensong there is a short break for refreshments and time to view St George’s Art Exhibition. Guests then re-gather for a panel presentation and discussion, chaired by Antoinette Kennedy (formerly WA’s District Court Chief Judge), Women in Leadership: Costs and Consequences. Panelists are Jan Stewart (Lotterywest), Dr Samina Yasmeen (Centre for Muslim States and Societies) , Erica Smyth (UWA Centenary Trust for Women), and Narelda Jacobs (Anchor, Ten News).
Questions will be welcomed from the floor. This will be an engaging and inspiring symposium. All are welcome – men as well as women!
St Georges Cathedral 24th July 2011 at 5pm