Saint Mary Magdalene Community
an inclusive Catholic community
dedicated July 22, 2007

Meet our Priests and Deacons

Eileen DiFranco, RCWP

Eileen is a lifelong Philadelphian who continues to live and work in the city. She has a B.A. in English from Immaculata University, an R.N. from Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing, an M. A. in Health Education, and an M. Div. from The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. She has been married for 39 years to Larry DiFranco and has four children and three grandchildren.

Caryl Conroy Johnson, RCWP

Caryl is involved in pastoral and interfaith ministry. She is also a spiritual director and leads retreats and theological reflection groups. For 15 years Caryl served as Pastoral Associate at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Springfield, PA, working in bereavement, ministry to the sick, youth ministry, worship, and interfaith events. Prior to that she was a CYO basketball coach and was involved in liturgical ministries and marriage preparation. She was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Womenpriests Community in 2011 and has a M. A. in Religious Studies, St. Charles Seminary and a M. S. in Spiritual Direction, Neumann University. Caryl is happily married with 3 adult children. To read about Caryl's journey into priesthood please view her book entitled 'My Journey into Freedom' available on as a softcover and e-book.   

Maria Marlowe, Deacon

In May 2007 I was ordained a deacon by the community that would, two months later, become the Community of Saint Mary Magdalene. I am grateful, honored, and humbled to be chosen as a servant to God’s beloved people and to Christ himself. It is indeed a wonderful life.

Read Maria's Story

We believe women and men are created in the image of God, thus they are created equal and can equally represent Christ.

Maryrose Petrizzo, RCWP
Maryrose Petrizzo was ordained in the Spring of 2014. You are able to view some vidoe from that amazing day byclicking here.

Congratulations, Maryrose!
Kathleen Gibbons Schuck, RCWP

Kathy's energy is grounded in wholehearted living. A natural connector, Kathy's perspective is colored by her diverse experience in corporate telecommunications sales and training; building relationships and raising funds for an international faith-based organization; and starting/growing entrepreneurial businesses. As a Certified Leadership and Career Transition Coach at 5 Decades In, LLC, Kathy facilitates workshops and partners with people to help them identify and land their ideal job. Her best days are when a client recognizes, “Losing my job was a blessing in disguise. Now I’m doing what I love and making $10,000 more a year!” At With You in Joy, Kathy enjoys officiating, co-creating ceremonies (anniversaries, anointings, baby namings, baptisms, burials, funerals, memorials, sprinklings, and weddings), and telling stories that honor and celebrate life’s transitions. Kathy holds a Masters in Theology from Global Ministries University and a Bachelors in Science in Sociology from Rosemont College. She completed Newfield Network's Ontological Coach Training Program and is a Newfield Certified Coach. Kathy lives in Blue Bell, PA, with her partner, Stan, and her daughter, Ann.