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St. Theresa Parish

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St. Theresa Parish is in Ashburn, Virginia which is approximately thirty-five miles west of Washington, D.C. We are part of the Arlington Diocese. The parish was started in 1991 by Monsignor James W. McMurtrie. For the first several years, Mass was held at the local high school. In 1994, St. Theresa Catholic School was opened, and Mass was held every day in the school's multipurpose room until 2009. Monsignor McMurtrie named the parish for Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. Theresa was also his mother's name; she raised him and his three siblings alone after their father passed away when they were teenagers.


In 2002, Father Richard M. Guest became pastor of our church. On September 30, 2007, a groundbreaking ceremony was held; building of the new church began in April of 2008 under the guidance of Father Guest. The dedication of the new church was held on November 11, 2009. Father James Hudgins is the current pastor of St. Theresa Parish.


The parish continues to grow, and we are at nearly 3,000 families today. Our school boasts nearly 500 students, and our religious education program has another 1,700 students enrolled. Nearly 300 children make First Communion every year along with another 200 who are confirmed.


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