Magdalene Circle

Our mission is to bring together women of faith, across generations and committed to collective social impact, through a sustained investment in servant leadership.

We draw inspiration from St. Mary Magdalene – once discredited, now celebrated as the first person to whom the resurrected Christ appeared and proclaim the good news to the earliest disciples. “Apostle to the Apostles,” Mary of Magdala symbolizes the importance of the female voice in the global Church community.

Save the Date!

Magdalene Circle Annual Event

November 20, 2022 | 12:00PM | The Boathouse at Mercer Lake


Ellie Hidalgo

Currently, Co-Director of Discerning Deacons, Ellie served for 12 years as the pastoral associate and previously as a pastoral assistant for Dolores Mission Catholic Church and School, a Jesuit parish in the Latin American immigrant community of Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles, California. Ellie holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University. Inspired by the prophetic role of grandmothers, mothers, women and girls in bringing forth God’s dream for God’s people on earth, Ellie has preached for Catholic Women Preach in 2018 and 2020. She recently moved to Miami, Florida, to live closer to her family.

Private event for members & their guests.

About the Annual Event

Each year, the Circle gathers to hear from a prominent woman of faith on a relevant justice issue. Past speakers include Kerry Robinson, Global Ambassador of the Leadership Roundtable (2017); Sr. Christine Schenk, Church Reformist and Historian (2018); Sr. Norma Pimentel, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley (2019), and Sr. Helen, activist and author of Dead Man Walking.

If you are a woman of faith seeking new means of fellowship, service, and meaningful philanthropy, please contact Stephanie Peddicord.