Alexandria church celebrates 50 years


May 17, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Saint Lawrence Catholic Church in Alexandria will celebrate its 50 year anniversary this Saturday, May 20, 2017 with a Mass.  The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will celebrate the Mass, and Msg. Frank E. Mahler, founding pastor of St. Lawrence, will be the homilist.


When:                       Saturday, May 20, 2017
                                   5 p.m.

Where:                     Saint Lawrence Catholic Church
                                  6222 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310


According to the Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s newspaper, the Arlington Catholic Herald, Richmond Bishop John J. Russell established the parish in 1967. At that time, Mass was celebrated at Edison High School, less than 2 miles away from its current location.

Msg. Frank E. Mahler, was the first pastor (click here for photo of Father Mahler).

The church was built in Alexandria in 1970 (click here for photo).  

In 1977, the 10 anniversary Mass was celebrated by Arlington Bishop Thomas J. Welsh (click here for photo of Mass with Bishop, third from left).

All photos are courtesy of:  Catholic Herald