FAMILY LIFE

    Gabriel Parish Leaders

    Cathedral of St. Thomas More 

    Name: Gertrude Creed

    Favorite Saint: St. Gertrude 

    A Bit About You: I was a nurse when I met my future husband and we were married forty-six forty years. We raised five boys and I now have many grandchildren. I became aware of the pro-life movement through my sister-in-law, Sr. Loretto Michael (Sisters of Life) and after being actively involved in the pro-life movement and parish life for many years I became the Pro-Life representative for our parish. My dear husband went home to the Lord and now I am continue my volunteer work in helping new mothers appreciate their gifts of new life.

    Holy Spirit

    Name: Margaret Mahony

    Favorite Saint: St. Theresa of the Little Flower, St. Monica, and always the Blessed Mother.

    A Little Bit About You: My husband and I have been parishioners of Holy Spirit for over thirty years. We are blessed with four children and four grandchildren.  

    To help promote the Gabriel Project ministry at our parish we sent flyers home through the parish' school children. Although we did not gain any new volunteers for the program, we were contacted by two school groups at Advent who donated clothing and toys for the new moms and their families whom the parish was helping. The new families were overwhelmed and most grateful! 

    Our Lady of Good Counsel

    Name: Betsy Argauer

    Favorite Saint: St. Therese of Lisieux

    A Little Bit About You: Me and my husband have five boys whom I have home schooled since the beginning. I am originally from Pennsylvania and I like to run, do crafts, make and decorate cakes, and do calligraphy.   

    The Gabriel Project at my parish is active in a variety of ways such as hosting an event called Christmas in July to collect diapers and baby items for local pregnancy centers, raising money for different Pro-life organizations through our Mother's Day rose sale, and occasionally holding a spiritual adoption for babies endangered by abortion.

    Holy Trinity

    Name: Ali Amegin

    Favorite Saint: 
Saint Francis of Assisi

    A Little Bit About You: I live with my wonderful husband and my two daughters. We have a lot of fun together and enjoy spending time talking and laughing with each other. I am currently a full-time student at NOVA and my whole family is very active in our parish. As a family we pick up donations from Panera several times a month to help feed the poor. Being charitable is a big part of our lives and we are humbled to be able to assist those in need in any way possible. 

    One of the ways the Gabriel Project at my parish helps expectant mothers who have been referred to us by AAA and the Gabriel Project office in Arlington is by giving them rides to Tepeyac, a local pro-life OB/GYN.

    Precious Blood

    Name: Frank and Edie Walusek

    Favorite Saint: St. Augustine

    A Little Bit About You: We have been married for a really long time. We have a boy, a girl, and another boy, two of whom are adopted. We have also have many grandchildren. We are active in many of the parish activities and programs such as the RCIA program and pro-life committee. We also try to sing and impose ourselves on the choir director. We are “active” (standing there) in the life chain, 40 Days for Life, and in our more active years we were at the March for Life every year.

    Our parish pro-life committee actively supports AAA Women for Life in Manassas. We work closely with the pregnancy center to respond to needs and help provide furniture, clothing,diapers and car seats.

    Precious Blood Assistant Leader:              

    Name: Sandy Minihan

    Favorite Saint: Augustine, Anthony, Thomas Aquinas, and Therese (can't pick just one!)

    A Little Bit About You: We are a homeschooling family, with four children and one grandchild. We live near Orlean with six dogs, four cats, a few reptiles, snakes, and fish. I serve on Precious Blood's Parish Council and RCIA team, and volunteer at the Culpeper Pregnancy Center and as a Boy Scout leader. In my spare time, I like to read and visit my family back in Canada.

    Queen of Peace

    Name: Sharon Zamarra 

    A Bit About You: I am from from Indiana and I previously served as the Family Ministry Coordinator at St. Mary of Sorrows for ten years. I also have served on mission teams to Guatemala.

    St. Abrose

    Name: Joan Baxter

    Favorite Saint: St. Joan of Arc

    A Little Bit About You: We pray at the Falls Church abortion clinic and transport donated goods to Catholic Charities or Hope. We prayerfully support Project Rachel and encourage all to attend one of the most beautiful Holy Hours I have ever attended to pray for an end to abortion and God’s healing mercy to all involved. We add all the mothers we help to our prayer list - and once on the prayer list, always on the prayer list! 

    St. Andrew the Apostle

    Name:  Leslie McCullough

    St. Francis de Sales

    Name: Beth McKenna

    Favorite Saint:St. John Bosco

    A Little Bit About You: I am a homeschooling mom to four children. Our family is very active in the Christian Family Movement, an international movement of families that helps enrich our marriage and put our faith into action. For fun, I play my flute, read spy novels, and enjoy hiking and bird watching with my children.

    St. Leo The Great

    Name:  Christine Shibly 

    St. Louis

    Name:  Alexandra Butron

    St. John the Apostle

    Name: Charlotte Chow

    Favorite Saint: St. Faustina

    A Little Bit About You:  Me and my husband, who is from Hong Kong, met at Ohio University and have been married thirty-nine years. We have a son and a daughter who is married and has two children. I LOVE being a grandma and enjoy babysitting or shopping with them. I also read a lot and belong to a neighborhood book club. I serve as a lector at St. John's and I also belong to a faith group in Vienna. 

    My parish has a prayer shawl ministry which provides handmade shawls with a prayer sheet to mothers in need. At Easter and Christmas we also make sure that each mother we help receives a gift, such as a pot of lilies at Easter.

    St. Joseph

    Name: Marie Valeski

    Favorite Saint: St. Philomena and St. Anthony

    A Little Bit About You: I have two grown daughters, one married and one not. I working for an orthodontist office, I love to travel, and enjoy gardening.

    St. Joseph Assistant Leader

    Name: Melissa Przbysz 

    I Little Bit About You: I have a nursing background and am currently a stat-at-home mom to five beautiful children, two of whom are twins.

    St. Lawrence

    Name: Judy Hechinger

    Favorite Saint: Saint Therese

    A Little Bit About You: My husband and I have four grown children and three precious grandchildren. I work for the Fairfax Country's Finance Department and for the past five years I have really enjoyed being a mentor through the Fairfax County Be Friend-A-Child Mentor program. My husband and I help out with the monthly food deliveries to Koinonia and help serve meals at Christ House. My hobbies are knitting and playing the harp.

    My Gabriel Project parish ministry offers the Cradle Project where we collect many wonderful baby donations for parishioners in need, Gabriel Project Moms,and local pregnancy centers. Every year in January we also have a Pro-Life Baby Shower to also benefit the families in need.   

    St. Mary's (Alexandria)

    Name:  Barbara Furey

    Favorite Saint: The Blessed Mother

    A Little Bit About You: My husband and I have been married for twenty-three years and we have three daughters. My mother-in-law, Dorothy, used to worked for Diocese Office of Family Life. I am a member of Walking with Purpose Bible Study at St. Mary’s.

    The Gabriel Project parish ministry at St. Mary's offers an Advent Giving Tree, an Annual Baby Shower supported by St.Mary’s Junior High, a Day of Prayer for the Gabriel Project, a Baby Bottle fundraiser, among other projects and activities.

    St. Mary of Sorrows

    Name: Mariah Crawford

    Favorite Saint: St. Gerard, the patron saint of pregnant women and their unborn children.

    A Little Bit About You: I am married to my best friend, a (retired) naval aviator, and I am the mom of two grown children. My son is a Lt. in the Navy and my daughter is a former ballerina, who is a wonderful mom of three. I am a nurse and though I am currently not working, once a nurse always a nurse.

    Two great of the events which the Gabriel Project at my parish offers are the Gabriel Project Brunch, held after every Mass once a year) and Meet and Greet gatherings for our moms and new babies.

    St. Rita

    Name: Vanessa Kelly

    Favorite Saint: Mary

    A Little Bit About You: I was born and raised in Texas and  I met my husband while working in DC. We have two daughters.

    St. Theresa

    Name: Maureen Shepherd

    Favorite Saint:  Mary, St. Theresa the LittleFlower and Sister Marie de Mandat - Grancey 

    A Little Bit About You: I am a wife and mother of five.  My husband works for the Navy and I have run an in-home daycare for over fifteen years. I also work for Reliv International as a distributor. I teach CCD and hope to begin sharing Theology of the Body for Teens/ Middle School. I love to roller blade and I like to listen to Catholic Radio all day long. 

    St. Theresa Parish has been a great supporter of Gabriel Project. We participated in a baby shower with other Gabriel Project parishes. We have angels that provide meals and laundry for new moms. Every year our middle school pro-life group creates decorations for our Gabriel Project Tree which is auctioned off with other trees, it is a beautiful event. Our parish also does a huge DMO fundraiser each year through multiple Consignment Sales in October and March. 

    St. Timothy

    Name: Marybeth Styles

    St. Veronica

    Name: Heather Schueckler

    Favorite Saint: St. Maximilian Koble, St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Pope John Paul II

    A Little Bit About You: Me and my husband have been married for thirteen years and are busy parents of five children who attend the wonderful parish school. One of the greatest blessings of my life was my conversion to the Catholic faith in 1999 and I feel so blessed to be able to nurture my faith in this exceptional diocese. My interests include foreign travel, anything French, cooking, sewing, and babies.

    One of the events the Gabriel Project parish ministry at my parish has put on was movie night for a viewing of the pro-life documentary “Maafa 21.” We also have assembled spiritual bouquets as well as encouragement cards to send to the Gabriel Project moms in times of need.

    Assistant Leader Profile:

    Name: Veronica Perrington

    Favorite Saint:  St. Philomena

    A Little Bit About You: My husband and I met at Christendom College, a small orthodox Catholic college in Arlington Diocese. We have a son with another baby on the way. I am originally from northwestern Wyoming and am one of fourteen children (nine of which were adopted). I enjoy volunteering within our parish community and look forward to being more involved as I settle into motherhood.

    The parish Gabriel Project ministry has offered a diocesan wide baby shower for clients from surrounding parishes. 

    St. William of York

    Name: Kay Stinson Glymph

    Favorite Saint: St.Catherine of Siena (besides Mary, of course, who just has to be first)

    A Little Bit About You: I live with my daughter and son in-law and their five children. I help to home school my grandchildren and drive them to activities a lot. I am a recent convert to Catholicism and so love reading and trying to catch up on my Catholic history and the lives of the saints. I like to go jogging a little, attend daily Mass , and spend time with my cat. I used to be a college English teacher and help tutor students.

    The Gabriel Project Parish ministry at my parish distributes literature to let expectant moms know that we can help them if they have a need. This year we are looking forward to having diaper drives, the Gift of Life Christmas tree, and letting the Fiat girl' group help decorate onesies or make Christmas cards for moms to be.