We welcome you to our vibrant parish community situated right in the heart of Old Town Alexandria! We have many events and activities for you to grow in your relationship with the Lord. We invite you to join us and get involved!
St. Mary Catholic Church, established in 1795, and is the oldest Catholic parish in the Commonwealth of Virginia and West Virginia, which was one state up until 1863. To fund the building of the church, Colonel John Fitzgerald, friend of George Washington and an early mayor of Alexandria, took up a collection. According to verified documentation, Washington himself made the first donation. A chapel was built at the south end of the city, on land presently used as St. Mary’s Cemetery located at 1000 South Royal Street.
In 1810, St. Mary moved to its present location in the heart of the city – 310 South Royal Street. Throughout the 1800s, St. Mary played a crucial role in the growth of Catholicism in Virginia. The many mission churches that St. Mary established have gone on to become independent parishes within the Diocese of Arlington.