Following updates from the CDC and the Commonwealth of Virginia, every church in the Diocese of Arlington can now celebrate Mass and other liturgies at full capacity and with no social distancing limitations.

Fully vaccinated persons are not required to wear a mask, but may choose to do so. Those who are unvaccinated are encouraged to wear masks for the time being. No one will be asked about his/her vaccination status and no one will be restricted from entering a church or inhibited in any way for not wearing a mask.

Featured News and Announcements

Public Messages

Letter by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

October 14, 2021

"As you may know, the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops gathers in Rome in October 2023 entitled “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission..."

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Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Richmond Bishop Barry Knestout have released a pre-election letter

October, 2021

"Election Day is November 2, and early voting has already begun. Virginia voters will elect a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates. Much is at stake, and it is our sacred duty to form our consciences and vote...."

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Bishop Burbidge's Message on Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1, 2021

"In October, we observe National Domestic Violence Month. Domestic violence is a serious, preventable problem that affects 12 million American men, women, and children every year..."

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Diocesan Press Releases

Clergy Announcements October 2021

October 13, 2021

Clergy Announcements October 14, 2021

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St. John Neumann Former Employee in Police Custody

September 25, 2021

Law enforcement authorities have advised the Diocese of Arlington that Douglas Johnson is facing six criminal charges related to unlawfully videotaping a female minor in Chesapeake, Va. Mr. Johnson has voluntarily turned himself in to police...

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USCCB Press Releases

Act Now to Stop Most Extreme Abortion Bill Ever

September 20, 2021

U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Respond to House Vote to Force Taxpayers to Fund Abortion Overseas 

July 30, 2021


Arlington Catholic Herald

Pro-life leaders recognized

October 13, 2021

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated a Mass for Respect Life Month Oct. 10 at St. Timothy Church in Chantilly. In a first, he blessed and recognized pro-life leaders from around the diocese that included Respect Life coordinators from various parishes as well as Catholics active in supporting the Gabriel Project and Project Rachel programs, which provide pregnancy assistance and post-abortive healing and support, respectively...

Latest News Coverage

Bishop O’Connell High School Shows Their School Spirit in Advance of Tomorrow’s BIG Game

FOX5 , October 8, 2021

USCCB, Catholic Charities ramp up efforts to welcome Afghan refugees

Catholic News Agency , September 23, 2021

The Catholic Church is the True Home for Those Who Identify as LGBTQ

Crisis Magazine , September 23, 2021

Many Afghan Refugees are Resettling in Northern Virginia

WMAL , September 21, 2021

Catholic College Boom: Smaller Institutions Thrive as National Enrollments Take a Hit

National Catholic Register , September 21, 2021

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