Arlington Bishop to Celebrate Mass in Alexandria for Peace and Unity

On the feast of Corpus Christi, a 7-block procession will follow the Mass, bringing Jesus, “the source of our peace and unity,” into the streets


June 16, 2017


ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge will celebrate a Mass (as principal celebrant and homilist) with special prayers for peace and unity in our communities.




When:           Sunday, June 18, 5 p.m.

Where:          St. Mary Catholic Church, 310 S. Royal Street, Alexandria


Immediately following the Mass (6 PM), Bishop Burbidge will lead a 7-block procession with the Blessed Sacrament from the St. Mary’s Church to St. Mary’s Cemetery, 1001 South Royal Street. Bishop Burbidge noted that the procession will “bring Jesus, the Source of our peace and unity, into the streets.” 

Following the June 14th shootings in Alexandria, Bishop Burbidge called all to prayer, saying:

“I am profoundly saddened by the tragic shooting at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria earlier this morning. Today I call on the faithful in the Diocese of Arlington and all people of good will to join me in prayer for Rep. Steve Scalise and the others who    were wounded in this senseless attack. May the Lord grant them swift healing and consolation. As we pray for God’s mercy, we also ask Mary, our Mother, to intercede for us, so that our world will know the peace of her Son. Today as the Church invites us to begin a novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I ask Catholics of our Diocese to pray the novena with a specific intention for peace.”