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Happy 29th Anniversary!

05-21-2017Fr. John Barry

It is my 29th anniversary today for Holy Orders in the Priesthood. Thank you, Lord, for the grace supplied. It has been a calling of service to many.

When people ask how I figured the “calling,” I occasionally answer that it was born out of the knowing and living out my lay vocation as a baptized Catholic. I was active in service up from my teens up to the age (as) I went off to the seminary. What kind of service? In a lay response to the Lord and His Church, the list that follows is what I had served: lector, sacristan, cantor-musician at Mass, soup kitchen volunteer, catechist, co-founder of a young adult ministry, Bible study leader, Christian media worker, and as a city council member for a year (elected teen position at 18 – which I saw as a social justice effort. I also went to various daily Masses as at prayer adoration ministry to God. This active lay participation with the Church led me to consider priesthood at age 24. It was my acceptance of the service as an active layman first that helped me to open up to further service of finally becoming a priest.


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Graduation Prayer

Dear God, those whom You called to do great things for you were often tested first. You did so, not to frustrate them, but to bring out what You saw as the best in them. Joseph was raised from slavery to royalty, and you gave him grace to forgive when he’d been wronged. Solomon was raised from prince to king, and You granted him wisdom to govern his people. Jeremiah was raised from youth to prophet, and you gave him courage to proclaim Your truth. Today begins a new chapter in the lives of these graduates. Give them the wisdom to make wise decisions, just as You gave your servants guidance in ages past. Amen.

Run for Vocations

The Oct 22 Marine Corps 10K and “Run for Vocations" registration is now open. Time to get your running shoes out and your team together!


Become a Volunteer Concierge

Do you enjoy working with people? Become a volunteer concierge for the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land of America! Our concierges welcome and assist visitors coming to tour our historic church, Holy Land shrines, and beautiful gardens, and assist with our pop-up gift shop. Volunteers must be reliable, friendly and wellspoken. The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington DC, and online at Free on-site parking.

Contact Friar John-Sebastian, or 202-526-6800. 

Memorial Day at Catholic Cemeteries and Prayer for Those in Armed Forces
May 29

A special Outdoor Memorial Day Mass will be held on the sacred ground of all Catholic cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am. Bishop Roy Campbell will be the celebrant at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton. Bishop Barry Knestout will be the celebrant at Gate of Heaven in Silver Spring.


Live Christ, Share Christ
Jun 3

There is a parish renewal program which we are trying in 2017. It is called “Live Christ, Share Christ.” Information about the program can be found on our website page click here.  We are looking for some persons to be trained in a day-long retreat.


The IHM National Homeschool Conference
Jun 23

will be held at the Fredericksburg Expo and Convention Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, in Fredericksburg, VA, on Fri, June 23 9:00am -9:00pm and on Sat, Jun 24 9:00am – 4:30pm. This is the perfect event for those who are curious and want to discover more about Catholic homeschooling. Admission is free and pre-registration is not required.

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9th Annual Quo Vadis Camp
Jul 16

for high school-aged men will be held at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary on Jul 16 - 19. The four-day camp includes daily Mass, prayer, talks, sports, and much more. Bus transportation is available.


World Youth Day UNITE 2017
Jul 22 11:30a

All young adults and families are invited to join us on Sat, Jul 22, for local participation on World Youth Day UNITE featuring artists Audrey Assad and Tony Melendez, TED-style talks by dynamic Catholic bishops, and opportunities for Confession and Adoration.