Franciscan Missionaries on the Front Lines

June 28, 2023

Once again we are welcoming our Missionaries back to the Diocese.  It was wonderful last year to resume in-person Mission Appeals.  The Diocese had a highly successful MCP and we are looking forward to this year’s Missionary visits. Over 40 different Mission Organizations from around the world will be visiting our parishes to share with […]

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called to mission

February 23, 2023

We are all called to Mission.  For more than 2,000 years missionaries have evangelized and obeyed the Great Commission.  Just before his Ascension, Jesus instructed his apostles, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to […]

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Finding where you should be

December 20, 2022

Some of you may remember Jeidy Luperon. She was given a scholarship by the Diocese of Arlington to attend Marymount University. Many generous donors helped make her dream of becoming a teacher a reality. Jeidy grew up in Bánica, in the Dominican Republic, where our Diocesan mission is located. She began attending college there but […]

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The Lord's Cup

El Baniquero Fall Edition

September 15, 2022

A Reflection on the Year Dear Friends and Supporters of the Mission, In June of last year when I was preparing to come to Bánica, a close friend of mine gave me anicon of Jesus as the “Good Samaritan.”  I did not understand when he gave me this icon how my life as a priest […]

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Mission Cooperative Plan: Part of the Divine Project

August 8, 2022

Summer is upon us once again.  This summer is seeing record numbers of travelers as we all get back into being on the go.  This year for the first time in two years our missionary priests are also back on the go.  We are delighted to have the Missionary Cooperative Plan (MCP) in person once […]

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Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

March 10, 2022

Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!”; “With war everything is lost.” Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Pope Francis.
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Bishop Burbidge Visits Bánica

February 24, 2022

Last month Bishop Burbidge traveled to the Arlington Diocese Mission in Bánica in the Dominican Republic. His visit was a joyous occasion as he was able to spend time with the parishioners of the two parishes. Masses were celebrated and there was even a procession, as pictured above. The Bishop was also able to meet […]

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The Mission Cooperative Appeal: Making a Difference

August 17, 2021

Recently I was able to speak with Fr. Mbinkar of the Diocese of Kumbo, which is located in the west African nation of Cameroon to discuss how the Mission Cooperative Plan (MCP) makes a difference in his country.  Cameroon has three major religious groups, the largest being Catholics, then Protestants, followed by Muslims and finally […]

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A Mission Within the Mission Field

January 7, 2021

This past fall, I was blessed to be able to have an immersion experience in Haiti to pick up the basics of Haitian Creole and thus be better equipped to minister to the large number of Haitian immigrants living and working here in the Dominican Republic, in the border parish of San José in Pedro […]

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