June 17, 2005


Immigration boom swells local ranks of Catholics (Gary Emerling and Matthew Cella, June 17, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

A population and immigration boom has flooded Northern Virginia with residents who are filled with the Holy Spirit, officials with the Catholic Diocese of Arlington said.

The diocese -- which encompasses 21 counties and seven cities in Northern Virginia -- has experienced a 42 percent increase in registered Catholics over the past decade. The increase has prompted the creation of a new parish and two new missions that would serve more than 2,500 Catholics in Prince William, Loudoun and Rappahannock counties. [...]

Officials said an influx of Hispanics and other immigrants also has increased the need for expansion in the diocese, which offers Mass in Spanish in more than 30 of its 67 parishes.

U.S. census figures show the population of Hispanics, who are predominately Catholic, more than doubled in Northern Virginia from 97,559 in 1990 to 198,535 in 2000.

"Our diocese has been immeasurably enriched by a vibrant and growing Hispanic presence," Bishop Loverde said.

Pat Buchanan must just be mad because he can't find a parking space at Mass.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2005 8:07 AM

I live in this diocese. The Latin newcomers and the echo boom families make Mass parking a real chore. It's great!

Posted by: Luciferous at June 17, 2005 11:40 AM