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Our Story

Mary, Mother of the Church is a Roman Catholic parish

in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. 

"It is in the parish that one becomes engaged with the Church community, learns how to become a disciple of Christ, is nurtured by Scripture, is nourished by the sacraments, and ultimately becomes an evangelizer. And remember, an evangelizer is a disciple who shares the faith!"

"The Parish: Neighborhood of the New Evangelization" - USCCB

Our mission is simple, we want to “Live Jesus”. Apart from Jesus, we will not be able to accomplish our mission. Our congregation believes that not only do we have the support of one another, but with the gift of the Holy Spirit, we will be able to fulfill our mission to love God, love others, and make joyful disciples.

We believe in Orthodox Christianity, as taught by the Roman Catholic Church. The celebration of the Mass is the source and summit of our faith, which we seek to live and serve with the whole of our lives in vibrant and creative ways; in other words, we strive for a “dynamic Orthodoxy."

We believe that our Baptism makes us one family in which we learn to love one another as Christ loved us. We strive to foster a church culture through faith sharing opportunities where people are open and authentic, especially about their need to grow and change. Our community does life together, and Mass—that is God’s Love, is at the heart of our community life.

We believe that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. We heed God’s command to share His name with the world. We look for the opportunity to invite disconnected Catholics to join us. As a church we want insiders to reach outsiders. Our church exists for growth.

Finally, we believe that the Holy Spirit has prepared works for us that will advance the kingdom of Christ. We recognize God’s call on the Church to serve both within our parish and also beyond: in our city, our country, and in the world. In the service of the Lord, we are challenged to always do more. We accept that challenge.

Again, welcome to Mary, Mother of the Church! Your gifts are welcome here, and we hope that your active participation in our congregation will allow the new life you find in Jesus to grow strong in you and so be of service to others. All for the glory of God!


Mary, Mother of the Church was established on September 7, 1965, by Archbishop Leo Binz. Father Donald Burns was named the founding Pastor. The Church is located on twenty-two acres of former farmland, twenty of which were once owned by parishioner Joe Kennelly. The parish began with 550 charter households.

In 1966, thirty parishioners planted the 900 evergreen trees along the southern border of the Mary Mother parish grounds. Today, many parishioners plant seeds of faith in giving their time and sharing their gifts in numerous ways. Throughout the first three years, Masses were held in the gymnasium of Cedar School in Eagan and all other religious activities were conducted at the former rectory located on North River Hills Drive in Burnsville.

In 1967, a Building and Finance Committee was formed and an architect commissioned for the construction of the church and the original Parish Center. The first Mass in the new church was celebrated on March 9, 1969. Formal dedication followed on May 18th, with Archbishop Leo Binz presiding.

By the mid-1970's, the parish was serving 1,645 households. To accommodate this growth and expanding program needs, an addition to the Parish Center was built in 1976.

In 1986, the Parish Pastoral Council formed a Long Range Planning Committee to study and make recommendations for future needs in the areas of staffing, services, facilities, and finance. After a thorough review, the existing Parish Center was renovated to maximize the use of existing space, and construction of a new 18,000 square foot addition was built. The project was completed in November of 1988.

Mary, Mother of the Church has grown and matured over the years and celebrated its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2015. We are a parish with generous portions of both young and old, serving approximately 2,000 families.

Mary, Mother of the Church is a vibrant, energetic presence in the local community with a strong commitment to community service. With excellent programs for both youth and adults, all are invited to join us, to participate in worship, and to find a welcoming spiritual home.