Our Public Service

Join thousands of fellow Catholics who are taking the faith into the public square through tangible commitments to charity, advocacy and other efforts which build a culture of life here in the northern tier of Virginia. Learn more about the opportunities available to you at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, the Virginia Catholic Conference, and the Respect Life office of our Diocese.


Catholic Charities, Together Uplifting Families

Remembering with gratitude: Catholic Charities serves vulnerable neighbors

Catholic Charities serves the poor, protects the vulnerable and welcomes newcomers. Find out how it serves families in need through its Emergency Assistance ministry and St. Lucy Food Project; protects vulnerable children and helps build families through Pregnancy and Adoption Support; and welcomes newcomers, including Afghan refugees, through Migration and Refugee Services. Learn more at

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington 

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is the charitable arm of Bishop Burbidge and the Diocese of Arlington. By God's grace and with the collaboration of parishes, volunteers and donors, Catholic Charities serves the poor, protects the vulnerable and welcomes the newcomer throughout the 21 counties and seven cities of the diocese. Catholic Charities provides food to hungry families; transitional housing for homeless men and expectant mothers and mothers with children; free healthcare, mental health counseling, pregnancy and adoption support, education and workforce development, legal and other services for immigrants and refugees, mentoring, and a prison ministry. For more information, visit


Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Arlington

The Respect Life Office works to promote respect for all human life from the moment of conception until natural death through offering resources to help respect life, both in prayer and in action, including a monthly Respect Life Mass and Rosary, the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign, legislative action, educational material, and pregnancy assistance. For more information, visit the Respect Life Office page.


The Virginia Catholic Conference

The Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) is the public policy advocacy organization representing Virginia's two Catholic Bishops, Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington, and Barry Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond, and their dioceses in matters before the Virginia General Assembly, the U.S. Congress, and the state and federal administrations and their agencies. The VCC advocates for matters involving respect life, social justice, and family life and education. For more information, visit