In 1997 Bishop Joseph Gossman, responding to requests from many parents in South West Wake County for Catholic Schools, appointed Father Donald Staib to begin a new parish in Apex. The ground was broken in June 1999, with the help of the parishes of St. Andrew and St. Michael, on the first buildings of the current St. Mary Magdalene School. Meanwhile, St. Mary Magdalene Parish, named for the “Apostle to the Apostles”, began to hold Sunday Mass at Apex Middle School, with the first Mass celebrated on September 12, 1999.
On Sunday, August 13, 2000, Bishop Gossman came to bless the St. Mary Magdalene campus during the first Masses held at our present site. And in September of that same year the St. Mary Magdalene School, led by principal Bob Cadran, opened with 330 students enrolled in Grades Pre K through 8th as the St. Mary Magdalene Monarch Butterflies.
The present campus on Magdala Place (Magdala is the town in the Holy Land in which Mary Magdalene came) is part of a master site plan by the original architects that included several phases of growth to accommodate our future needs. This site plan is ever evolving as both our parish and school moves forward and develops in the future.
What started small has now grown to over 1,400 parish families and 660 enrolled students. It is time to continue our vision by building our sanctuary and fulfilling our mission to the religious and academic education of our families as a foundation for spiritual growth and to bring us into a closer relationship with God.
It is Our Church and Our Time.
625 Magdala Place • Apex, NC 27502 • 919-657-4800 • email: info @ stmm . net