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

Showing the Face of Christ: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington

Whenever we serve those who are hungry, homeless, or vulnerable with love and compassion we are showing the face of Christ. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington does this 365 days of the year in its 20 program that serve in 21 counties and 7 cities of the Diocese of Arlington.

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