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About Us

Why the name Mary Magdalene? Since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), the Catholic church has become more conscientious of her essential mission to proclaim the gospel to all peoples. God desires that all people be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. For that purpose, he sent his only Son into the world, not to condemn it but to save it. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is the essential message that the church shares and invites all to repentance, baptism, and a sharing in the Divine life.

As the disciples remained confused and scared after the death of Jesus, it was Mary Magdalene who first brought the Good News of the Resurrection. She who assisted Him in his ministry through sharing her resources and stood at the cross at his darkest hour, was chosen to be the first witness of His glorious Resurrection. She is the “Apostle to the Apostles” and a model of Christian witness for our day and age.


Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the community of believers shares in the life of Jesus Christ and continues his mission of proclaiming the Father’s love for all humanity and his ministry of service to others. The people of St. Mary Magdalene Parish strive to fulfill the mission of Jesus and follow the example of our patron saint. We welcome you warmly to our community and hope you join us in prayer, fellowship, and service.

Our Staff
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Msgr. Dennis Lyle


Monsignor Dennis J. Lyle was ordained a priest in 1991 for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He has served in parish ministry, taught in the seminary, and worked in the Office of Vicar for Priests. When the communities of St. Benedict, St. Peter Claver and St. Walter formed St. Mary Magdalene Parish in 2021 he was named pastor. B.A. in History, Loyola University, Master' in Divinity, University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, License in Sacred Theology (STL) University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD), Accademia Alfonsiana, Rome

Sister Mary Kay Schreier, D.C

Pastoral Minister

Sister Mary Kay Schreier, from Christ the King Parish, worked in elementary and secondary education and as a parish minister, coordinator and associate. She served at St. Louise de Marillac High School, Northfield; in LaSalle; and in Mississippi, Wisconsin, Arizona and Missouri. She is a pastoral assistant at St. Peter Claver Mission, Robbins. 

Ernesto Vargas

Director of Religious Formation

Bio forthcoming.

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