Since 1991, the Diocese of Arlington has provided pastors to the parishes of San Francisco de Asis in Bánica and San Jose in Pedro Santana. Fr. Jason Weber and Fr. Stephen McGraw have been serving in the mission since 2014 and 2017 respectively. Read more about these missionaries below.
REV. JASON WEBER
Father Jason Weber has served in the Banica Mission since July 2014. After graduating from Bishop O'Connell High School, Fr. Weber attended the University of Virginia and earned undergraduate degrees in Spanish and religious studies. Upon graduation, he was accepted into the formation program of the Arlington Diocese and entered Mount St. Mary's Seminary in the fall of 2004. Ordained as a priest in 2010, he served as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More prior to his current assignment in Bánica as pastor of San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church, which was founded between 1504 and 1506.
REV. STEPHEN MCGRAW
Father Stephen Francis McGraw, of St. John the Beloved parish in McLean, Virginia, was ordained a priest of the Arlington Diocese on June 9, 2001. He served as Parochial Vicar at St. Anthony of Padua in Falls Church, St. Leo the Great in Fairfax, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Fredericksburg, and Holy Family in Dale City. After two years back at St. Anthony of Padua as Parochial Administrator, Father McGraw served as Chaplain of his alma mater, Christendom College, from 2014 to 2017. Having offered to serve the diocesan mission in the Dominican Republic, Father was named Pastor of San Jose Catholic Church in Pedro Santana in July of 2017