Sister Magdala returned to Baltimore, and from 1974 to 1978 was dean of the graduate school at what was then Loyola College, where she also established the college's pastoral counseling program.

In 1979, she moved to Auburn University, where she completed her studies and clinical supervision requirements, which led to her certification in 1982 as a psychotherapist.

During those years, she collaborated with Dr. Harold Grant and the Rev. Thomas E. Clarke, a Jesuit, conducting spiritual growth workshops based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator theory of personality development.

She and her two colleagues also co-authored "From Image to Likeness: A Jungian Path in the Gospel Journey."

Sister Magdala returned to Mobile in 1985 and maintained a private practice until shortly before her death.

She also initiated a partnership with Spring Hill College to implement a lecture series for the continuing education of religious sisters, ministers and friends.

Sister Magdala was also active in various peace and justice initiatives.

An engaging conversationalist, Sister Magdala also enjoyed writing and had traveled to Ireland, India and Mexico.

"She could always contrive a way to persuade others to do what she believed needed to be done to make their personal lives healthier and their commitment to peace and justice more vibrant," said Sister Marilyn Graf, a Sister of Mercy.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium.

Sister Magdala is survived by a brother, James Thompson of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com