Celtic Cross

Mary Magdalene Church


Pastor's Story

Rev. Denise Rev. Denise Donato is an ordained Catholic Priest with 19 years experience in Parish Ministry. She has a Masters of Divinity Degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and a Masters of Social Work Degree from Syracuse University. She was ordained in 2003 at Spiritus Christi Church. Bishop Peter Hickman of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, the People of Spiritus Christi Church, Inter-Faith Ministers and Lay Leaders of Catholic Reform Movements participated in her ordination.

In addition to her work in Ministry, Rev. Denise is an experienced mental health therapist, and has prepared hundreds of couples for marriage. She has extensive experience working with the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and trans-gendered community.

Rev. Denise and her husband Phil live in Fairport and they have three adult children and four grandchildren.


In October 2017 Rev Denise was nominated to be an Auxiliary Bishop for the ECC. The election is expected to be mid-December and her consecration would be January or February 2018. See below her Spiritual Autobiography, Statement of Intent, and her response to the questions from the nominating committee.

Response to Questions          Spiritual Autobiography 2017          Statement of Intent


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