Free Medical Clinic Coming to Manassas

“The need in the community for affordable health services is great, with more than 20,000 residents in Prince William County in low-income households without health insurance and 4,500 living within the City of Manassas and Manassas Park.”

-Art Bennett, CEO and President,

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington

For Immediate Release

October 19, 2017



MANASSAS, Va. – In December 2017, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (CCDA) will open a free medical clinic to serve the estimated 4,500 people living in low-income households without insurance in the Manassas and Manassas Park. The clinic will be called Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic, located at 9380 Forestwood Lane, Suite B, in Manassas. The medical clinic will be open four hours a week with volunteer doctors, nurses and personnel. During the non-clinical hours, CCDA will use the facility to provide a broader array of assistance related to immigration issues, mental health counseling, and referrals to other services as well.

“Our intent is to start small, 4 hours per week, and evaluate our patient care needs as we begin to treat patients through a basic scope of services. This will allow us to expand organically and slowly integrate other services (counseling, legal assistance, food) that this population needs,” says Art Bennett, CEO and President of CCDA.

The clinic, which has a waiting room, four exam rooms and other offices, will fill the void caused by the closure of a free clinic in Manassas a few years ago. It will primarily serve adults since children of low-income families can often receive medical insurance (i.e. Medicaid).

The clinic will be supported by healthcare contributions from Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center. The free medical clinic will also use a local lab for additional patient services. In addition, CCDA is receiving consultative services offered by the Bon Secours Richmond Health System, a Catholic healthcare institution, to set up an ethics committee for the clinic. Catholic Charities is also cooperating with Tepeyac Clinic of Divine Mercy Care to provide mutual support for clients.


How the clinic came to be

A group of parishioners from All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas and Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville participated in a pro-life ministry in which they would reach out to mothers and couples who approached a Manassas abortion clinic. This group also reached out to the staff at the abortion clinic in the hopes of fostering productive and respectful dialogue.

After the owner of the clinic passed away, the owner’s wife, who assumed ownership and control of the clinic’s operation, agreed to shut the clinic down and sell to a group of investors called the BVM Foundation (for Blessed Virgin Mary.). The BVM Foundation approached CCDA about how the former abortion clinic could be changed to serve a noble and redemptive purpose. CCDA agreed to open a free clinic to serve the uninsured in the Manassas area. CCDA has embarked on this mission to prolong life and to promote the dignity of the human person. 

In a statement, Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington said, “Each day, God calls us to help our brothers and sisters in need and to be instruments of his mercy and healing love.  This clinic is in response to that call and will open new opportunities for Catholic Charities and dedicated volunteers to help those who otherwise may have been unable to receive such compassionate care.”




About Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington

The Mother of Mercy Free Clinic is one of 17 programs run by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington to serve the poor in mind, body and spirit. To learn more about this work and how you can support it, please visit


About the Catholic Diocese of Arlington

The Diocese of Arlington is home to an estimated population of more than 600,000 Catholics living in 21 counties and seven cities in central and northern Virginia. Parishioners live out their faith in 70 parishes and six missions, and more than 17,500 students attend 45 Catholic pre-schools, elementary and high schools.