Name: Mariane Staron
Position:  Director of the Youth and Young Adult Apostolates
Office Phone: 703-836-4100 x3030

Youth Ministry program includes: Middle School F3: Faith, Fun, and Friends; Middle School Blaze; Middle School St. Dominic Savio Group; High School Boys' Discipleship Group; High School Girls' Club; LifeNite; WorkCamp; Junior Catholic Daughters of America, American Heritage Girls; Girl Scouts; Cub Scouts; Boys Scouts; and more!


Active in Youth Ministry since: 2013
In current position since: July 2017

Why I work in Youth Ministry: I was first called to minister to the youth through the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) at George Mason University. As a part of CCM, I took on a variety of roles, including social events coordinator and Bible study leader. That time at Mason helped me to grow stronger in my relationship with the Lord and to learn more deeply about the faith. Following graduation, I went on to work in the secular world, where I gained invaluable professional and life experience. Eventually, however, through volunteering as a parishioner with the Basilica of Saint Mary's Youth Apostolate, I felt the call to serve the teens full-time within the Church. It is a privilege to share with the students my testimony, the faith, and most importantly Christ's love. I am incredibly blessed for the opportunity to serve the parish community in this role!

About me: I am originally from Brazil and have been in the United States for almost 13 years. I live in Alexandria, VA with my husband and son, and have the pleasure of being a parishioner at the Basilica of Saint Mary, as well as work there. 

Birthdate: August 6 


Favorite Food(s): Brazilian BBQ (Churrasco) and Chocolate

Favorite Band/Musician: Ed Sheeran 

Favorite Pastime: Reading and Watching TV shows

Favorite Saint: St. Rita of Cassia & St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Favorite Scripture: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

Favorite Book: “My Sisters The Saints” by Colleen Carroll Campbell & “Harry Potter: The Half-Blood Prince”