Communities of worship are flourishing in the Eastern Region. To paraphrase the words of a popular hymn, the Spirit is truly moving throughout our communities to build houses where love can dwell. We invite you to call or visit any of these houses, where all are welcome.

Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community
Sussex County, NJ
Contact: Mary Ann Schoettly

Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community was founded in September 2008. The community gathers for Eucharistic celebration every Sunday at 10:00 AM, at the Walter G. Lynch Senior Center, Knoll Heights Village,40 Trapasso Drive, Sparta NJ 07871, just off of NJ Route 15. All are welcome at the table in this discipleship of equals – in the tradition of early church communities.

Following each liturgy there is an opportunity for faith-sharing on matters of belief, religious practice, social justice, peace, and community discernment. All gifts are honored and all gifts are offered in service to the People of God.

Sophia engages in three outreach efforts: Good Shepherd Inclusive Catholic Community in Ft. Myers FL, which assists people who are homeless to attain affordable shelter; St. Oscar Romero Catholic Church in Rochester NY, which ministers directly to and with migrant workers; and the Pathways to Prosperity Initiative in Sussex County, NJ, which assists families in moving out of poverty, by educating and mentoring individuals in developing resources, networking and devising personal action plans leading to transition into stable successful life situations.

In and through each of our lives, we seek to bring the joy, light, compassion and peace of Christ to those around us – especially to those most in need. Our priests, Mary Ann and Michael are available for sacramental ministry and pastoral care.  Mary Ann holds certificates in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction.

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St. Mary of Magdala Church
Harwich Port (Cape Cod) MA
Contact: Marie David

St. Mary of Magdala Church is an Ecumenical Catholic Community.  We gather for worship each Sunday at 10:00 a.m., in St. Mary of Magdala Chapel at Evensong Retreat Center in Harwich Port, MA.  We are Catholic in our heritage and worship, moving forward with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. We are ecumenical in our makeup and outreach.  All are welcome to join us at worship, and all who wish to partake of communion may do so. We invite you to browse our website to learn more about us. St. Mary of Magdala Church is affiliated with the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of New England.  Our Co-pastors are the Rev. Marie S. David and
the Most Rev. James F. David.

Living Water Inclusive Catholic Community
Baltimore MD
Gloria Ray Carpeneto,
Andrea M. Johnson,
Marellen M. Mayers,
Ann Penick,


The Living Water Inclusive Catholic Community is a faith community blended from two smaller communities that originated in Annapolis and Baltimore, Maryland. The name of our community not only speaks to Jesus' promise to the woman at the well; it also a prophetic name in this day of global warming. As clean water becomes an increasingly scarce commodity in parts of the world, our vision is that we will be living water to each other and to the world, caring for the earth’s resources, that there may be an abundance of life-giving water for all. We gather as a full community on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Catonsville, Maryland for Eucharist and sacramental celebrations, fellowship, and community conversation & discernment. On other Sundays and weekdays throughout the month, we also gather in small groups in members’ homes and community outreach settings for Eucharist, agape meals, and pastoral outreach ministry. We welcome your questions, and hope you will visit us at our website,

Oscar Romero Church
(gathering at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality)
Rochester NY
Contact: Chava Redonnet

Oscar Romero Church is an Inclusive Church in the Catholic tradition that meets in the dining room of the Rochester Catholic Worker house, St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality. We are a tiny church with a strong commitment to the poor, some of whom are us. We make decisions together, and chose the name Oscar Romero Church because we hope to be as steadfast in walking with the poor of our nation as Monsenõr Romero was in his. St Romero’s has a relationship with a small Baptist community in El Salvador, and we celebrate Spanish-language Mass in migrant camps outside of Rochester. We are also a member of the Greater Rochester Community of Churches. You can learn more about us by requesting a bulletin from Rev. Chava, or by visiting the website,

St. Praxedis Catholic Community of New York
Manhattan's Lower East Side
New York NY

Contact: Gabriella Velardi Ward

St. Praxedis Catholic Community is an inclusive, Christ centered community led by a woman priest and functioning within the Roman Catholic tradition. We are an inclusive language community, welcoming all to the Eucharistic table; one  need only come with an open heart. Our mission is to build and nurture an active, fully sacramental Catholic community; to affirm diversity; to model a renewed priestly ministry and priestly people; and to become Spirit empowered through prayer and a partnership model of leadership. We aim to provide opportunities for the exploration and expression of our faith, for spiritual growth and for putting our faith into practice.

By the example of our patron St Praxedis – enslaved woman and bishop of a second century house church in ancient Rome – we proclaim that identity or adversity is no impediment to doing the work of the Gospel. Through our worship services, we witness to the justice, equality and compassion preached by Jesus, as well as to the example of Jesus’ healing and reconciling love for all. In this way, we are encouraged to live the Gospel life.

We gather on the second Sunday of the month at 11 AM. Contact us on our website,  

St Mary Magdalene Community
Philadelphia PA
Contact: Eileen McCafferty DiFranco

St Mary Magdalene Community is a Catholic community that is dedicated to equality, inclusivity, and hospitality. Founded in 2007, the community functions as a discipleship of equals which shares leadership and all decision making. In fact, we like to say that St. Mary Magdalene is owned and operated by the community. Our Sunday worship is followed each week by hospitality. We also have monthly meetings to plan liturgies, educational programming, and outreach to the poor. St. Mary Magdalene meets for Mass every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in the Mc Burney Chapel of the Drexel Hill United Methodist Church, 600 Burmont Road in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. All are welcome!

Spirit of Life: A Catholic Community of Justice & Joy
Weston MA
Contact: Jean Marie Marchant

The Spirit of Life Community is co-pastored by Jean Marchant and Ron Hindelang. We have journeyed together since February 2007. Since then, we have grown in numbers, but most especially in our relationship with God and with one another. We meet every Sunday in the Congregational Church of Weston, that graciously shares their sacred space us. Mass begins at  4:00PM (fall and winter) and 5:00pm (spring and summer).  When the clocks change, our time for liturgy changes! Following our liturgies we gather for conversation and refreshments, to allow the spirit of our celebration to echo. In addition to our weekly Eucharistic Liturgy, we gather monthly for Spiritual Enrichment Discussions and our priests, Jean & Ron, are available for sacramental ministry, spiritual direction, and pastoral counseling. We welcome all visitors to our liturgies and encourage you to visit our website, If you wish, we would be happy to add your name to our email list to receive our weekly reflections.

Church of the Holy Spirit:
A Catholic Welcoming Community of Hope
Greater Manchester NH
Contact: Rev. Theresa Novak Chabot, M.A.

Church of the Holy Spirit, a Catholic Welcoming Community of Hope, was founded in August of 2010. Committed to celebrating inclusive liturgies that welcome all to the Eucharistic table as equals, inclusive Catholic Mass is celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on the second Sundays of the month in house and in church settings. (Check website for details on location and time as schedule may vary with the season.) Priest available for baptisms, weddings, wedding vow renewals, anointing of the sick, reconciliation, funerals, memorial services. Please call us on 603-391-6144 and/or visit our website at

New Jerusalem Community
Wilmington DE
Contact: Maryrose Petrizzo

The New Jerusalem Community is an inclusive Eucharistic community,  gathering in the Roman Catholic tradition since 2012.  Our community has liturgy on the 4th Sunday of the month at 3:00 pm in the Calvary Episcopal Church (Hillcrest), 304 Lore Ave.,
Wilmington, DE. Maryrose is available to provide sacraments and ceremonies (weddings, funerals, anointing of the sick) and is also available for spiritual direction.