Hundreds of People Expected to Celebrate New Church and Pastor


July 10, 2017


ARLINGTON, Va. – St. Bridget of Ireland located in Berryville, Virginia, will become the 70th parish in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington July 12, 2017, but the official celebration will take place at Mass Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 9 a.m., during which Reverend Stanley Krempa will be installed as its founding pastor.  The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington will be the principal celebrant.



When:                       Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Where:                     St. Bridget of Ireland, 1020 W Main St, Berryville


St. Bridget of Ireland Mission was established in 1999 to serve the growing Catholic population of Clarke County. It has more than 1,000 registered members.

A mission becomes a parish when it is financially stable and when land is secured for a church building, if there is not a church already. Saint Bridget already has a church building, which was dedicated by Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde on May 25, 2002.

Reverend Stanley Krempa, who has been the pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Winchester since June 28, 1999, has also been pastor of St. Bridget because it is a mission of Sacred Heart.  But once he is installed, Reverend Krempa will only serve as the pastor of St. Bridget of Ireland Catholic Church. 

Father Bjorn Lundberg will be installed as the new pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.