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    Photo by Joe Garcia

    MASSES and prayer services FOR the HEALING of the sexually abused

    In 2004, Bishop Loverde launched a series of diocesan-sponsored Masses to pray for the healing of sexual abuse victims and survivors.

    “We so desire that you will experience healing and a new beginning,” Bishop Loverde said. “We carry you in our prayers to the Lord and ask Him to heal you as He alone can.” 

    The following year, the Diocese of Arlington began a second event to support the sexually abused, a powerful Prayer Service focused on interceding for the healing of victims and survivors celebrated by Reverend Mark S. Mealey, O.S.F.S., Vicar General for Administration.

    Now, both the Prayer Services and Masses are a staple part of the ongoing ministerial efforts of the Arlington Diocese. The Prayer Services include a survivor’s sharing of his/her journey towards greater healing from sexual abuse. Both the Masses and Prayer Services are followed by a reception.

    2016 mass schedule

    October 25, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m. | Cathedral of St. Thomas More
    3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington, VA 22203

    February 22, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m. | St. Bernadette
    7600 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152

    June 20, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m. | Christ the Redeemer
    46833 Harry Byrd Highway, Sterling, VA 20164


    November 12, 2016 @ 10:30 a.m. | St. John the Evangelist

    271 Winchester Street, Warrenton, VA 20186

    January 21, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. | St. Louis
    2907 Popkins Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306

    April 29, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. | Holy Family
    14160 Ferndale Road, Dale City VA 22193

    Support Group Evenings with the Bishop**

    November 28, 2016 @ 5:45 p.m. | St. Ann
    5310 10th Street, Arlington, VA 22205

    March 28, 2017 @ 5:45 p.m. | St. Ann
    5310 10th Street, Arlington, VA 22205

    May 16, 2017 @ 5:45 p.m. | St. Ann
    5310 10th Street, Arlington, VA 22205

    Spiritual Retreat**

    September 10, 2016 @ 9 a.m. | St. Agnes
    1910 N. Randolph, Arlington, VA 22207

    ** These events are for the victim/survivor and one support person only. Reservations are required four days prior to the event. To RSVP, contact a Victim Assistance Coordinator using the confidential intake line.

    For information or questions about the Masses and Prayer Services or to make reservations for the Retreat or the Support Group Evenings at Dominican Retreat, please call the Victim Assistance Coordinators at one of the phone numbers listed below.

    In case of inclement weather, cancellations for any of these services or meetings will be announced on the voice message of the victim assistance phone numbers listed below. If possible, cancellations will also be listed on the home page of the Diocese of Arlington website at www.arlingtondiocese.org

    If you are a victim or survivor of child sexual abuse and wish to report an allegation of abuse by clergy, an employee or a volunteer of the Diocese of Arlington, please call Victim Assistance Coordinators at the phone numbers listed in this document.

    Victim Assistance Photo 2015

    Victim Assistance Coordinators

    Rosa Colello
    Patricia Mudd
    Aneliz Sipe