Relic of Mary Magdalen on display in Berkeley today

The shinbone of one of Christianity’s most important people will be on display today at the St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Berkeley.

It’s appropriate that the shinbone will be on view at that particular church, since the bone comes from Mary Magdalene herself. She was the first person to witness Jesus’ resurrection.

The 2,000-year-old relic is supposed to be Mary Magdalene’s tibia. It has been touring the United States since 2009. It was displayed in Oakland earlier this week and will make its way to other cities in the Bay Area after it leaves Berkeley.

The relic was scheduled to arrive at the St. Mary Magdalene Parish at 2005 Berryman Street at 1 pm today. It will be on display until 9 pm.


Frances Dinkelspiel is co-founder and executive editor of Berkeleyside. Email: frances@berkeleyside.com.