About St. Mary Magdalen Parish
We, the faithful of St. Mary Magdalen Parish, are a Catholic,
Christian Community committed to the gospel message that Jesus Christ is our Savior. Therefore, our mission is to spread the
Good News of Salvation. We strive to accomplish this mission by; welcoming all to be a part of our worshiping community through prayer and the Eucharistic celebration and the other sacraments; witnessing to the Truth in word and deed, by teaching
and proclaiming God's Word; loving our brothers and sisters;
healing those in need; serving the poor. We pray to the Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit through the intercession of Mary,
our Mother and Saint Mary Magdalen, to grace and guide us.
A Few Historical Notes
Jesus Christ transformed Mary Magdalen from a sinner into a saint. Since 1963, St. Mary Magdalen Parish continues to develop a family of faith in Jesus Christ through Catholic worship, education, and charity. Since its humble beginnings with 143 families from Nativity BVM in Media and 13 families from St. Anastasia in Newtown Square, the parish family has grown to 1600 families in this third millennium.
The founding pastor, Rev. Gilbert J. McDevitt celebrated the first masses in a barn chapel. On January 23, 1966, our faith community began to worship in the new combination chapel and school building. Msgr. Richard J. Simons succeeded Fr. McDevitt after his death in 1967. A growing parish made the construction of our second church necessary. The first mass was offered on Christmas Day of 1970.
In 1973, Rev. John J. Walsh became the third pastor, and
Rev. Joseph S. Rodgers succeeded him. In 1981, Rev. James F. Hughes was named pastor. Under his guidance, the parish center was built in 1985, Maria Hall in 1991, and Sister Kathleen Hall in 1998. Upon the retirement of Fr. Hughes, Msgr. Ralph J. Chieffo was appointed pastor in June 2000. Our third and current church was constructed under the guidance of Fr. Chieffo. The dedication mass was offered April 12, 2008 with Cardinal Justin Rigali.