Meet Your Directors

Director of  Youth & Young Adults

Arragon Perrone

About Me

Hometown: Wethersfield, CT

Birthdate: September 28th

Education: University of Connecticut, B.A. Political Science and English

Active in youth ministry since: 2012

In this current position since: July 2015

Fun fact(s): Though named after the Spanish province rather than any fictional characters, Arragon is an enthusiastic Lord of the Rings fan. He also drank his first soda at the age of 10.

Favorites

Favorite Food: Beef Stroganoff, Lobster Mac & Cheese

Favorite Band: Mumford & Sons

Favorite Pastime: Being in the outdoors

Favorite Saint: It’s a tie between St. Francis Xavier and Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati

Favorite Book: Homer’s Odyssey, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables

Why I am a Director of Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry first impacted me during high school, when I attended a Kairos retreat. Through the experience, God taught me that He does not call us into an isolated “me and Jesus” relationship, but that He calls us to Himself through a community, a family, the Church!

Despite this experience, however, there were holes in my catechesis, which were thankfully remedied through my involvement with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students in college. I joined a small-group Bible study, entered discipleship, and attended World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain.

While in Spain, I profoundly experienced God’s presence in the Eucharist and felt called to the missionary life. A few months later, I joined FOCUS and was assigned to George Mason University. For three years, my apostolate was among the college students at GMU until I felt the tug to consider youth ministry. That discernment has taken me to the Basilica of Saint Mary, where I am humbled with the responsibility of coordinating youth and young adult ministry.

Please pray for our pastor, all our priests, our staff, and me, as we invite the youth into a growing relationship with Jesus and equip them for life-long evangelization.


Assistant Director of Youth & Young  Adult 

Mariane Leite

About Me

Hometown: Indaiatuba, São Paulo, Brazil

Birthdate: August 6th

Education: George Mason University, B.A. Global Affairs, concentration in Global Governance; Minors in Latin American Studies & Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Active in youth ministry since: 2013

In this current position since:  July 2017

Fun fact: Since my parents aren’t Catholic, I was baptized when I was 5 years old. I remember getting my hair curled, wearing a pretty colorful dress, and the excitement of joining the Catholic family!

Favorites

Favorite Food: Brazilian Barbecue (Churrasco) & Chocolate

Favorite Band: Os Paralamas Do Sucesso

Favorite Pastime: Reading & Watching Netflix or Amazon Prime (especially Doctor Who or Harry Potter)

Favorite Saints: St. Rita of Cascia & St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Favorite Book: My Sisters The Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell

Why I am a Director of Youth Ministry

I was first called to minister to the youth through the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) at George Mason University. As a part of CCM, I took on a variety of roles, including social events coordinator and Bible study leader. That time at Mason helped me to grow stronger in my relationship with the Lord and to learn more deeply about the faith.

Following graduation, I went on to work in the secular world, where I gained invaluable professional and life experience. Eventually, however, through volunteering as a parishioner with the Basilica of Saint Mary’s Youth Apostolate, I felt the call to serve the teens full-time within the Church. It is a privilege to share with the students my testimony, the faith, and most importantly Christ’s love. I am incredibly blessed for the opportunity to serve the parish community in this role!

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