Catholic Charities to Open Free Clinic in Manassas, VA

August 21, 2017


I am pleased to announce that Bishop Burbidge has given Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (CCDA) permission to open a free clinic serving the Manassas, Virginia, area.

The new clinic will operate in the location that was once an abortion clinic. Two years ago, a group of Catholic entrepreneurs in the Manassas area purchased the facility with the agreement that the abortion clinic would cease operations. Wanting to serve the needy in the community, they turned to Catholic Charities, asking if we could transform the use of the space. Seeing that CCDA could serve the needs of the public in this facility and offer a form of redemption to the space that once served such a sad and dark purpose, we are excited to bring new life and a bright future to this location.  

After research, we determined that the area needed a free medical clinic for those with no insurance coverage. The Catholic Charities clinic will be called Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic and will not charge the clients receiving basic medical care they couldn’t otherwise obtain and all of the doctors and nurses who will work at the free clinic will volunteer their time to provide this free medical care. In addition, CCDA will also provide other important complimentary services including counseling, emergency assistance and referrals for workforce development and immigration support.

Dr. Scott Ross, a deacon serving Holy Trinity Parish in nearby Gainesville, will be the volunteer medical director of the clinic. Dr. Ross is also a family physician with the Novant Health UVA Health System (Novant). Novant will also partner with CCDA to provide low cost medical services for qualifying individuals.   

This critical new CCDA program is scheduled to open in early November 2017. For more information or to support or volunteer at the clinic, please contact Art Bennett at or (703) 841-3895.