Looking to a Bright Future with Father Tim

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The rectory of the Church of the Magdalene in Pocantico Hills, one village neighbor recently commented, used to be dark, but now all the lights are blazing. And the new pastor, the Rev. Timothy Wiggins, isn’t at all surprised. 

Father Tim, as he’s happy to be called, is a busy man, fully occupied with the pastoral role he took on in July 2022, growing his parish, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2019. “It’s a hidden gem,” he commented, “a really good parish with a strong multi-generational base and increasing numbers.” 

A New Priest Strives to Protect His Church’s Independence

A new face be­hind the pul­pit and some new faces in the pews—some of them Black or Brown—are giv­ing the Church of the Mag­da­lene in Pocan­tico Hills re­newed hope for its fu­ture as an in­de­pen­dent Ro­man Catholic parish.

Since cel­e­brat­ing its 125th an­niver­sary in No­vem­ber 2019, the threat of change has been in the air at the Mag­da­lene, as its parish­ioners call their spir­i­tual home (see https://​the­hud­sonin­de­pen­dent.com/​church-of-the-mag­da­lene-cel­e­brates-its-125th-year-an­niver­sary/) ...

The Church of the Magdalene

March 5th, 2018

The Church of the Magdalene, located in Pocantico Hills close by the famed Union Church, may be less well-known, but the diverse faith-community’s devotion to their country church, the beauty of the house of worship’s interior, the gentle and humane guidance given by Father John Vigilante ...
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