We are now a Basilica!

On Sunday, January 14 at the 8:30am Mass, Bishop Michael Burbidge announced that our parish was been named a Basilica by the Vatican! This makes us the first basilica in Northern Virginia, the first in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, and the 84th in the United States. As a basilica, we now has a special relationship with the Holy Father in Rome.

This relationship is expressed through the three symbols of a basilica, which are the Ombrellino (umbrella), Tintinnabulum (bells), and Papal Cross Keys. Learn more about what these mean here.

 

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