European Catholic Communities

Our office ministers to various European communities that are established in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Annually in March, we offer a traditional Mass in Gaelic for Irish Catholics. Our Polish Community holds a monthly prayer group called Jezu Ufam Tobie, meaning 'Jesus, I Trust in You.' They pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet in both Polish and English. 

We also offer pastoral services in Italian, German and French, although no organized Masses are being held in these languages at this time. Please contact our office for more information.

Mac Manus

Irish Catholic Sculptor Hopes to Inspire with His Liturgical Art

When he was 7 years old, Dony Mac Manus’ mother gave him a bag of clay for his birthday. The boy wasn’t thrilled to receive what he considered a bit of mud. But he soon learned to create beautiful things with that humble bag of moldable earth. “She showed me how to make whatever I wanted,” said Mac Manus. “It opened up a whole world to me.”

St. Faustina Kowalska

Pope Marks 90th Anniversary of Divine Mercy Apparition

VATICAN CITY — Marking the 90th anniversary of the apparition of Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope Francis wrote a letter to Catholics in Poland expressing his hope that Christ's message of divine mercy would remain "alive in the hearts of the faithful."


Austrian Peace Light Tradition Continues, Despite Pandemic

BERLIN — The year, the Christmas tradition of the Peace Light of Bethlehem continues, despite COVID-19 restrictions and border and church closures.

Ancient Order of Hibernians

Parade-goers Don Green for St. Patrick’s Day

The 39th annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by the Ballyshaners, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote and preserve Irish heritage, was held March 7 along King Street in Old Town Alexandria.

Ancient Order of Hibernians

Ancient Order of Hibernians

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is America’s oldest Irish Catholic fraternal organization, founded in 1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a series of similar societies that existed in Ireland for more than 300 years. The AOH promotes Irish culture, history, music, traditions and charitable giving. Find out more about the Alexandria, VA Division.

Third Annual Irish Hooley

Third Annual Irish Hooley Raises $8,000 for Christ House

Irish music and merriment flowed out of the Basilica of St. Mary School gym in torrents March 10 during the third Annual Irish Hooley, a party celebrating Irish music and culture. The sold-out fundraiser, organized by the Alexandria Ancient Order of Hibernians, drew more than 400 people, most in green and gold finery.

Irish Dance Is A 'Sister Act' at Boyle School

Irish Dance Is A 'Sister Act' at Boyle School

When Alannah Sweeney needed to help pay for her tuition as a senior at Seton School in Manassas, she turned to a skill she picked up as a child: Irish dance.

Chapel of Our Lady of Hungary dedicated

Chapel of Our Lady of Hungary Dedicated

WASHINGTON - Acknowledging Mary as the "mother of all nations, but especially of us," Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, joined Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl in dedicating the new Chapel of Our Lady of Hungary at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

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Learn to Read the Divine Mercy Chaplet in Polish

Learn to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet in Polish, with fellow Polish American Catholics from the Diocese of Arlington. We will recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet in English followed by learning the Chaplet in Polish -- plus learn how to incorporate the meditation and meaning of the four wounds of Christ while saying the Chaplet.

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Multicultural Mass Information

Discover when and where to attend a Mass in a different language or with a specific culture. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington offers multiple, regular Masses for the following communities: Brazilian, Cameroon, Deaf Ministry, Eritrean (Ge'ez Rite), Filipino, Irish (Gaelic), Ghanaian, Indian Syro-Malabar Rite, Indian (Tamil), Korean, Sierra Leone and Vietnamese.

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