IN THE WORDS OF SACRED SCRIPTURE
Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. Mt 28:19-20
They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. Acts 2:42
IN THE WORDS OF THE CATECHISM
Those who with God’s help have welcomed Christ’s call and freely responded to it are urged on by the love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world. . . . All Christ’s faithful are called to hand it on . . . by professing the faith, by living it in fraternal sharing, and by celebrating it in liturgy and prayer. Catechism of the Catholic Church 3
At St. Charles Parish we proclaim, celebrate and live the more abundant life of Jesus through comprehensive formation in the faith, through a rich sacramental and prayer life, and through fellowship in charity. We are committed to the missionary discipleship of the New Evangelization and, with Pope Francis, “invite all to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.” We encourage you to be active members of our family of faith, hope and love, praying and working together in witness to the Good News.
St. Charles Borromeo Parish was founded in 1909 by Bishop Augustine van de Vyver of Richmond. It became a parish of the Diocese of Arlington when the latter was erected in 1974.
The first church was dedicated in 1911 and a four-classroom parish school, staffed by the Benedictine Sisters of Bristow, Virginia, was founded in 1922. A new school and convent were built in 1955, a new church in 1960, and a new rectory in 1965. The church was renovated in 1990. The Benedictine sisters served the school until 2008. In 2014 the school transitioned to a preschool.
Today St. Charles Parish serves over 5,000 registered parishioners in over 2,400 families.
HISTORY OF CLERGY ASSIGNED TO THE PARISH
Rev. Msgr. Frederick P. Lackey, Founding Pastor 1909-1927
Rev. Msgr. Thomas A. Rankin 1927-1930
Rev. John A. Curran 1930-1947
Rev. Msgr. Leonard J. Koster 1947-1968
Rev. Msgr. Gabriel T. Maioriello 1968-1975
Rev. Edmund V. Kollar 1975-1976
Rev. Msgr. Thomas A. Casey 1976-1981
Rev. J. Stewart Culkin 1981-1986
Rev. Horace H. “Tuck” Grinnell 1986-1994
Rev. Donald C. Greenhalgh 1994-1996
Rev. Gerard Creedon 1996-2010
Rev. Horace H. “Tuck” Grinnell 2010-2014
Rev. Donald J. Planty, Jr. 2014-present