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The Haiti Bug

October 11, 2018

This week the Arlington Mission Office continues the parade of Missionary Essay Contest Winners with the wonderful 2nd Place winner by Julie Schoenman. “Uh-oh,” observed my roommate just two days into my first mission trip, “you have the Haiti bug!”  With several mission trips already under her belt and a full year spent teaching in […]

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I Discovered the Reality of Poverty

October 5, 2018

By Mary Grace Coltharp Today the Arlington Mission Office is proud to kick off the publication of the winners of the first Missionary Essay Contest. We start off with 3rd Place winner, Mary Grace Coltharp, and her wonderful essay on “How My Mission Trip Changed Me” When I think about the defining events in my […]

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Mission Office Announces Essay Contest Winners

September 11, 2018

By Roberto Bacalski, Program and Development Coordinator The Arlington Mission Office is proud to present the winners of the first annual Missionary Essay Contest. 1st Place – Aaron Peiffer 2nd Place – Julie Schoenman 3rd Place – Mary Grace Coltharp Traveling to the slums of Buenos Aires, shanty towns in Haiti, and poor communities in […]

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Proud Father

August 7, 2018

I was simply beaming the whole graduation!  I am so proud of them for the example of the faith that they have given.

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Bishop Emeritus Macram Gassis to speak at Christ the Redeemer

July 20, 2018

By Roberto Bacalski, Program and Development Coordinator Bishop Macram Gassis, mccj celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Most Reverend Macram Gassis, mccj Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of El Obeid in Sudan, will be speaking at Christ the Redeemer Church in Sterling the weekend of July 28-29 as part of Missionary […]

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Missionary Essay Contest Winners Announced

July 11, 2018

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington Mission Office congratulates the winners of the Inaugural Missionary Essay Contest! Ann the winners are… 1st Place: Aaron Peiffer, Fairfax, VA 2nd Place: Julie A. Schoenman, Reston, VA 3rd Place: Mary Grace Coltharp, Manassas, VA The winning essays will be printed in upcoming editions of the Arlington Catholic Herald. Congratulations, […]

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What’s In a Missionary?

July 3, 2018

By Roberto Bacalski, Program and Development Coordinator “Although the obligation of spreading the faith falls individually on every disciple of Christ, still the Lord Christ has always called from the  number of is disciples…that he might send them to preach to the nations.” ~Ad Gentes, 23 (Read full document here) What makes a missionary? The […]

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Missionary By Nature

June 18, 2018

By Roberto Bacalski, Program and Development Coordinator “The pilgrim Church is missionary by her very nature, since it is from the mission of the Son and the mission of the Holy Spirit that she draws her origin, in accordance with the decree of God the Father.” ~ Ad Gentes 2 (Read the full document here) […]

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Why We Do It

June 13, 2018

By Roberto Bacalski, Program and Development Coordinator The Diocese of Arlington has been present in Bánica since 1991. If you were to ask anyone who has ever visited the Bánica Mission why they think we are there, you will probably get various answers on the same theme: “Christ told us to help the poor.” “We […]

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