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Statements and Press Releases

Statement by Bishop Michael Burbidge on the Afghanistan humanitarian crisis

 September 17, 2021
Many of us have seen tragic images and heard harrowing stories of violence, brutality, death and, recently, threats of starvation in Afghanistan, following the United States withdrawal...

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Statement by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on Hispanic Heritage Month

 September 15, 2021
Each year from September 15 through October 15 the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, a national celebration to commemorate the profound influence of Hispanic Americans and the contributions made by their ancestors from Latin American countries...

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Statement by Bishop Michael Burbidge on National Migration Week (Sept. 20 – 26, 2021)

 September 15, 2021
This week the Catholic Church in the United States observes National Migration Week, culminating in our Sunday observance of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. This year’s observance is particularly poignant as our nation opens its arms to refugees from around the world, particularly Special Immigrant Visa holders from Afghanistan, who are fleeing violence and oppression...

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington Celebrates National Migration Week Beginning Monday, September 20

 September 15, 2021
Migration Week Events Include Session on Immigration Law, Virtual Job Fair and Winter Clothing Distribution for Refugees and Immigrants (All Clothing Distribution Participants Must Be Pre-registered)...

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News and Announcements

Out of Afghanistan: The Church helps refugees

Today Searching for More podcast host Billy Atwell sits down with Stephen Carattini, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington and Hekmatullah Latifi, Senior Employment Specialist and Cultural Liaison for Catholic Charities as they talk about the incredible work Catholic Charities is doing to help resettle Afghans locally.

 

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Bishop appoints new Catholic Charities Board Chairman, Vice Chairman

Rick Kaplar, Linda McMahon depart Board after more than 51 years joint service.

 

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Catholic Charities Continues to Serve Amidst COVID

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The pandemic came and Catholic Charities kept serving. With your help, we will continue to help our neighbors in need. Please remember the people served by Catholic Charities by donating generously.

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We Can Help: Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Charities continues to safely respond by phone to emailed requests for emergency rent and utility assistance to eligible individuals and families throughout the 21 counties and seven cities of the Diocese of Arlington. Find out about the evictions process during COVID-19.

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Help By Giving

During this difficult time in our nation, Catholic Charities relies more than ever on the generosity of parishioners, parishes and friends who donate financial resources, food, or other material gifts to support our work feeding the hungry and serving other vulnerable people.

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Arlington Catholic Herald

Catholic Charities welcomes incoming Afghans

August 10, 2021

When U.S. service members were in a foreign land, unsure of the way and unable to speak the language, brave locals came to their assistance. Now, the Afghans who served as interpreters and guides for the U.S. military need help adjusting to a new country...

New ultrasound machine will benefit high-risk pregnant women at Manassas clinic

July 22, 2021

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge blessed a new, high-tech ultrasound machine at the Manassas Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic July 20. The $32,000 machine was donated primarily by the Knights of Columbus Fr. Julius J. Cilinski Council 10947 in Clifton...

In the News

USCCB, Catholic Charities ramp up efforts to welcome Afghan refugees

Catholic News Agency , September 23, 2021
Over the next several months, the USCCB and Catholic Charities locations across the U.S. will welcome upwards of 7,500 refugees from Afghanistan...

Many Afghan Refugees are Resettling in Northern Virginia

WMAL , September 21, 2021
Many Afghan Refugees are Resettling in Northern Virginia...

Housing, educational challenges face groups helping Afghan refugees settle in Northern Virginia

InsideNova , September 21, 2021
Finding housing and hiring teachers are among the challenges facing resettlement agencies and school administrators in Northern Virginia who are preparing to accommodate many of the over 1,100 Afghan refugees expected to be resettled in the state...

2 sets of Arlington siblings again lead backpack effort

InsideNova , September 19, 2021
Two sets of Arlington brothers for the second year in a row worked with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington to provide backpacks loaded with school supplies to refugee children in elementary and middle schools...

Afghan refugees in D.C. area face their next hurdle: An affordable housing crunch

The Washington Post , September 17, 2021
Finding housing and hiring teachers are among the challenges facing resettlement agencies and school administrators in Northern Virginia who are preparing to accommodate many of the over 1,100 Afghan refugees expected to be resettled in the state...

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“I had saved up $3,000 that kept me going for just a couple months. It was not enough. It was the most stressful thing I’ve ever gone through in my entire life. I’ve never had to deal with anything like this.”