Arlington Bishop Designates Monday as a Day of Prayer and Fasting


At the end of the 7:30am Mass at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Clifton, Virginia, the celebrant, Parochial Vicar Rev. Mark Mullaney, announced that Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde designated Monday the 15th of March as a day of prayer and fasting for the inclusion of pro-life language in any bill passed by Congress or any other governmental body.

This prayer intention includes not only language against abortion but also in favor of protecting the sanctity of life at all stages including the elderly, the disabled and the terminally ill.


I remind all parishioners in the Diocese of Arlington to be obedient in meeting the Bishop’s request it is for the good of all.

Here are some fast facts about the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia as detailed on their website:

Founded: 1974
Counties in the diocese: 21
Total priests: 251
Total diocesan priests: 158
Religious Order priests in the diocese: 64
Extern priests in the diocese: 29
Catholic Eastern Rite priests: 4
Religious: 162

  • Brothers: 15
  • Sisters: 147
  • Seminarians: 34

  • In College: 17
  • In Theology: 17
  • Total permanent deacons 57
    Diocesan permanent deacons 46
    Parishes: 68

  • With diocesan priests: 58
  • With religious order priests: 10
  • Eastern Catholic Rite parishes: 3
    Missions: 6
    Total diocesan schools: 41

  • Diocesan elementary schools: 37
  • Diocesan high schools: 4
  • Total private Catholic schools: 4

  • Private elementary schools: 1
  • Private high schools: 3
  • Baptisms and Professions of Faith: 8,020
    Marriages: 1,407
    Deaths: 2,365
    Registered Catholics in the Arlington Diocese: 428,417
    Registered Catholics In the Richmond Diocese: 228,704
    Total Catholics registered in Virginia: 642,064

    Population Totals (Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia):

    Total population in the Arlington Diocese boundaries: 2,790,259

    Total population in the Richmond Diocese boundaries: 4,984,210

    Total population in the State of Virginia: 7.7 million


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