Mary Magdalene Church

East Rochester, New York


Mary Magdalene Church was founded June 17, 2009 by Rev. Denise Donato and a board of six trustees.

Denise was ordained a deacon in April, 2002 and was ordained to the priesthood on Feb. 22, 2003.

In 2008, Rev. Denise began to feel like God was calling her beyond her work at Spiritus Christi Church, to something new. In October, this call became much more specific. She felt God calling her to begin a new community. Over the next several months this call became stronger and more defined. She became aware that many people were yearning for a new experience of church, however for any number of reasons, many of them would never go downtown to Spiritus Christi Church.

She realized there was a need for an inclusive Catholic Church closer to her home in Fairport and she felt God calling her to be the one to bring that to fruition. This call was affirmed over and over again.

Mary Magdalene Church is an inclusive church in the Catholic tradition, where people from all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to the Lord's Table. We strive to live the values that Jesus taught, to honor and respect each individual and to share the joy of God's unconditional love, in our community and beyond.
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Denise Donato


I am the pastor of Mary Magdalene Church, an inclusive church in the Catholic tradition. We are a Christ centered church.