Did you know that the Diocese of Arlington has been sponsoring a Catholic community in the Dominican Republic since 1991? Before that time, the area had been without a priest and the sacraments for nearly eighty years! For the past twenty years, our diocesan priests have been stationed there serving the missions of San Francisco De Asis and San Jose. Groups from Northern Virginia regularly spend time down in the Dominican Republic working on various service projects and getting to know the community there.
Bishop Loverde leaves today to visit Banica in celebration of the twenty year anniversary of its relationship with the Diocese of Arlington. As we wait for him to return (no doubt with many travel stories!) I’ve been looking over photos taken last year when our Chancellor visited the Mission – see below. You can also find out more about the missions here.