Our History

Magdalene M. Carney



Her friends called her Mag and she was, first and foremost, a teacher. Her own education began at George Peabody Teachers College in Tennessee. In 1975 she received a Ph.D. in education from the University of Massachusetts. She used her knowledge and skills to advance the Cause of God and especially the spiritual education of children and youth.

A devoted handmaiden of Baha’u’llah, she served on the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i's of the United States during the mass teaching efforts in the South. During those years she was tireless in her efforts to help the friends who poured into the South to teach the Faith. At any hour of the day or night Mag could be reached. She slept with a telephone at her side so she would not miss any call from a new believer or from anyone serving the friends. She traveled ceaselessly from city to city to teach and to deepen those who were new to the Faith.

In 1983 she was appointed as a Counselor member of the International Teaching Centre serving at the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, Israel. where she continued to focus on the education and training of children and youth. Today, the Institute Process is focused on the work that Dr. Carney addressed so fervently during her life; the development of human resources to accelerate the unfoldment of the Cause throughout the region.

She passed away in 1991 and is laid to rest in the Baha’i Cemetery on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. The inscription on her resting place penned by the beloved Universal House of Justice reads:


Indomitable faith, unswerving devotion covenant, selfless spirit, open candor, wholehearted commitment education

children and youth are among qualities that will ever be associated with golden memories her highly active life.





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