programs supported by the bishop's lenten appeal

    2017 Funds
    Catholic Diocese of Arlington


    This office especially promotes an awareness of God’s call to the priesthood. For the 43 seminarians currently discerning the priesthood, the Office of Vocations provides room, board, tuition and health expenses, along with mentoring them in their spiritual, academic and pastoral formation.  Additionally, the Office of Vocations fosters priestly and religious vocations through programs that provide one-on-one guidance and vocation awareness events.  Funding for the permanent diaconate program and elderly clergy in their retirement is also provided by the BLA.


    Office for Family Life,

    Respect Life and Young Adult Programs and the Tribunal 

    The family is the true “Domestic Church.” By working directly with families and through parishes, the Office for Family Life provides programs and resources that instill the Gospel of Christ through healing, formation and support.  Project Rachel offers post-abortion compassionate retreats and support services. Gabriel Project provides pregnancy assistance to expectant mothers. The Tribunal is a healing ministry that examines petitions for annulments. 


    The San Damiano Spiritual Life Center offers a peaceful venue for laity, religious and clergy looking for reflection and spiritual renewal. 


    Initiatives include strengthening the faith of practicing Catholics, reaching out to less active Catholics to help them grow in their faith, and bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who do not know God. This includes promoting Bishop Loverde’s pastoral letters and regular inspirational radio messages. The diocese is committed to ecumenical outreach, support of our Dominican Republic Mission Parishes, The Peace and Justice Commission, INOVA Hospital Ministry and College Campus Ministries.

    Spanish Apostolate and The office of Multi-cultural Ministries

    The Spanish Apostolate promotes the evangelization, formational and pastoral needs of the Hispanic Catholics in our diocese.  Currently 36 parishes offer Spanish Mass.  The Office of Multicultural Ministries supports the many ethnic communities within our diocese. 


    The diocese purchases land that is granted to newly founded parishes for their parish grounds.

    Catholic Charities, Victim Assistance and Other Charitable Works to support families in need

    Catholic Charities has more than 15 programs that serve the poor, imprisoned, the elderly, the hungry and most vulnerable and needy among us.  Catholic Charities coordinates Christ House shelter for men, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, adoption services, pregnancy services, prison ministry, family transitional housing, provides financial emergency assistance and more.  The Victims' Assistance Office is staffed by trained, compassionate social workers who are equipped to deal with reports of abuse and offer counseling and other resources to victims of abuse.

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    Youth Ministry, Catholic Schools and Religious Education

    The Office of Youth Ministry serves as a resource for youth ministers in each parish to fully incorporate young people to Christ and his Church.  Events that promote Christian fellowship and service, while instilling compassion and spiritual growth among teens, are coordinated through this Office. The Office of Catholic Schools collaborates with other Diocesan offices in assisting pastors, principals and teachers in administrative responsibilities.  The office also provides assistance to school leaders in the spiritual, intellectual and social formation of Catholic School students.  The Office of Catechetics works alongside parishes to assist and guide them in their religious education programs for children, teenagers and adults.

    diocesan communications office

    The Office of Communications uses a variety of mediums to promote, educate and evangelize the faithful and wider community in our diocese. This office coordinates and promotes the initiative “The Light is On,” where parishes stay open late on Wednesday evenings to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. They also bring pertinent news stories to the public while forging closer links and greater awareness among members of our diocesan family.


    As the shepherd of souls for 69 parishes and 5 missions, the Bishop relies on the chancery to assist in pastoral action and provide administrative support.  Over 3,000 parish, school and diocesan employees are supported in liturgical issues, parish financial guidance, audits, human resources and employee benefit programs. The Virginia Catholic Conference represents the public policy interests of the two Catholic Bishops in Virginia.

                                        pARISH AND DIOCESAN development 

    The Office of Development provides critical strategic support and counsel to the diocese, parishes and schools. This is accomplished by encouraging prayerful and thoughtful reflection on stewardship. The Development team also coordinates the BLA and provides support for the offertory programs for parishes. The Development Office has a planned giving program that gives parishioners the opportunity to support the Church through wills, annuities and other charitable vehicles.