Arragon Perrone
Arragon C. Perrone
 Director of the Youth & Young Adult Apostolate
Basilica of St. Mary (Old Town Alexandria)
Office Phone:
703-836-4100 ext. 3024


In current position since: 7/31/2015
Active in Youth Ministry since:

Youth Ministry program includes: Basilica of St. Mary's Youth and Young Adult Apostolate (YAYA) serves youth from middle school through high school in addition to young adults from college through age 39.

Middle School Youth: We host events for 6th-8th grade students that attend Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary’s parish and their friends. We have "F3" (Faith, Fun & Friends) twice per month on Friday evenings, a fun night of music and games. There are also special outings like a Ghost Tour in October, bowling, and laser tag. Finally, we offer a week-long WorkCamp-style summer camp in June called "Camp Apostles."

High School Youth: LifeNite is held every 1st Friday of the month. The night features exciting activities and a guest speaker to explore how to "live life to the fullest." High schoolers are also invited to weekly single-sex small-groups called Catholic Life Communities (CLCs) on Wednesdays. We begin the night with a social activity, read the upcoming Sunday's Gospel, and have a faith-related discussion. We also host special events, such as a trip to Cox Farms and pilgrimage to Mount St. Mary's.

College-aged: Seasonal events are offered for college students who are home on break. Incoming freshmen are invited to a College Night every summer.

Young Adults: Those between the ages 21 & 39 are invited to weekly young adult events. Every Thursday night starting in January 2017 we will offer a weekly co-ed Bible study. Young adults also get together every 2nd Sunday of the month following the 11:30am Mass to get brunch. Finally, every 3rd Saturday of the month, a group goes to nearby Christ House Food Pantry for a service day followed by lunch. There are also special events, such as caroling, movie showings, and game nights.

Basilica of St. Mary's is also home to a very active Scouting community and the Junior Catholic Daughters of America. Walking With Purpose offers activities for female young adults of the parish.


Favorite Food(s): Lobster mac & cheese

Favorite Band: Mumford & Sons

Favorite Pastime: It's a tie between hiking and reading

Favorite Saint: St. Francis Xavier

Favorite Scripture: "A highway will be there, called the holy way; No one unclean may pass over it, but it will be for His people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray on it. No lion shall be there, nor any beast of prey approach, nor be found. But there the redeemed shall walk. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy; they meet with joy and gladness, sorrow and mourning flee away (Isaiah 35: 8-10)

Favorite Book: Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, Ralph Martin's The Fulfillment of All Desire

Why I work in Youth Ministry: Youth Ministry first impacted me during high school, when I attended a Kairos retreat. Through the experience, God taught me that He does not call us into an isolated "me and Jesus" relationship, but that He calls us to Himself through a community, a family, the Church. Despite this experience, however, there were holes in my catechesis, which were thankfully remedied through my involvement with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students in college. I joined a small-group Bible study, entered discipleship, and attended World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain. While in Spain, I profoundly experienced God's presence in the Eucharist and felt called to the missionary life. A few months later, I joined FOCUS and was assigned to George Mason University. For three years, my apostolate was among the college students at GMU until I felt the tug to consider youth ministry.    That discernment has taken me to the Basilica of St. Mary, where I am humbled with the responsibility of directing youth and young adult ministry. Please pray for our pastor, all our priests, our staff, and me, as we invite the youth into a growing relationship with Jesus and equip them for life-long evangelization.

Birthdate: September 28