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Who We Are

A Message from Catholic Charities President and CEO

Art Bennett discusses how and why Catholic Charities assists those in need.

Dear Friends in Christ,


Welcome to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington. We are the charitable arm of the Catholic Church under the leadership of Bishop Michael Burbidge, sharing the Gospel by responding to the material needs of men, women, children and families who live within the Diocese’s 21 counties and seven cities.

We feed the hungry, house the homeless, welcome the newcomer, visit the prisoner, and other charitable works of mercy, because our faith compels us. We serve all regardless of their faith. We depend on prayers, a dedicated staff, and a broad network of pastors, parishioners, tireless volunteers and generous donors.

We strive to follow Christ who taught us to “hunger and thirst for righteousness that we may show mercy.” (Matthew 5:6-7). From Arlington to Manassas, from Colonial Beach to Front Royal, from Fredericksburg to Fairfax, Catholic Charities incorporates the Church’s four social principles throughout our more than 20 programs:

(1) Human dignity. All people are children of God, with God-given dignity, and are destined for eternity.

(2) Solidarity. We love everyone and demonstrate that love, especially to the most vulnerable.

(3) Subsidiarity. We help strengthen individuals, families and parishes to enable them to develop resources to meet challenges of daily life.

(4) Common good. We help our brothers and sisters most in need transform their lives; by doing so we help them flourish and help their communities to flourish as well.

Please contact us if we can help in any way; and if you are able, please consider donating or volunteering your talent, knowledge and faith to this mission.


Finally, please pray for our work! Contact me directly at (703) 841-3895 or

God bless you!



Art Bennett

President and CEO

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington