Stephen Carratini, President and CEO

President's Message

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“Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” - Luke 10:34

Dear Friends,

50 years ago a shelter for the homeless in Old Town Alexandria was established by Catholic Charities of Northern Virginia, soon to become Catholic Charities of the newly founded Diocese of Arlington. Christ House was founded to serve people seeking the most basic of needs: shelter and a meal. Over the ensuing decades, and thanks to thousands of volunteers and donors, Catholic Charities Christ House has also been able to offer the people of Alexandria emergency financial assistance, a food pantry, job training, a thrift store and a clothing bank.

To this day we continue to offer shelter for up to 14 men and an evening meal to anyone in the community who is hungry.

It is an astounding and miraculous story made possible by your prayers, and the hard work and dedication of our employees and volunteers who each day make God’s love visible and present to our brothers and sisters in need.

The ministries of Christ House showed what was possible if love, as Pope Benedict wrote, was organized. Catholic Charities realized that what was happening in Alexandria could also happen in Manassas, and Leesburg, and Woodbridge, and Front Royal and Fredericksburg.

Today, Catholic Charities serves the poor, protects the vulnerable and welcomes the newcomer at more than 20 locations through 12 direct service ministries throughout our diocese. In our most recent fiscal year, we served nearly 28,000 men, women and children. It is a labor of love made possible by the Holy Spirit moving through a small and faithfilled collection of people who, a half-century ago, understood that love of God and love of neighbor are one and the same.

Please join me in thanking God, and the thousands of Good Samaritans who have worked, or volunteered, at Catholic Charities Christ House. And please pray for all of the people we have been blessed to serve, wherever they may be. We are grateful to be the place, the inn, where the love and consolation of Jesus Christ is freely given and received.

Yours in Christ,

Stephen Carattini
President and CEO
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington

Mission Newsletter, Fall 2023