Archdiocese of Washington Launches Interactive Program to Explore Local Catholic Sites

June 7, 2014

Faith Quest Will Run from June 7 to Sept. 7

WASHINGTON – The Archdiocese of Washington is bringing back an interactive summer program called Faith Quest that encourages people to connect to their faith by making pilgrimages to local Catholic historical and spiritual sites.

Over a three month period, participants in Faith Quest, which debuted last summer, will have the opportunity to visit 25 sites in the archdiocese of historical or spiritual significance. This year’s program includes several new pilgrimage sites that were added to celebrate the archdiocese’s 75th anniversary.

Activity guides will be available at each site as well as online. As participants visit the sites, they will learn about the treasures of local Catholic heritage, have the chance to pray and complete an activity. Participants will receive a special stamp in their Pilgrimage Passport when visiting each site. Eight or more passport stamps collected between June 7 and September 7 will earn an invitation to a closing party at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land and a chance to win prizes.

The archdiocese also will host two guided tours of additional parishes and sites. On Saturday, June 14, participants can join the archdiocese for a tour of parishes in and around Capitol Hill. The tour will begin at 8:15 a.m. at St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill, 313 2nd St. N.E., Washington, DC 20002, followed by visits to St. Patrick, St. Peter and St. Dominic parishes. On Saturday, Aug. 16, participants can join the archdiocese for a tour of the Brookland neighborhood. The tour will begin at 8:15 a.m. at the Dominican House of Studies, 487 Michigan Ave. N.E., Washington, DC 20017, followed by visits to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, St. John Paul II National Shrine and the chapel at the St. John Paul II Seminary.

Parishes and sites of the 2014 Faith Quest include:

District of Columbia

  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. N.E., Washington, DC 20017
  • Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20036
  • Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. N.E., Washington, DC 20017
  • Holy Rosary, 595 Third St. N.W., Washington, DC 20001
  • Holy Trinity, 3513 N St. N.W., Washington, DC 20007
  • St. John Paul II National Shrine, 3900 Harewood Road N.E., Washington, DC 20017
  • Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 3211 Sacred Heart Way N.W., Washington, DC 20010

Calvert County

  • Jesus Divine Word, 885 Cox Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea, 50 Alexander Lane, Solomons, MD 20688
  • St. John Vianney, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Charles County

  • Carmel of Port Tobacco, 5678 Mount Carmel Road, La Plata, MD 20646
  • St. Ignatius, 8855 Chapel Point Road, Chapel Point, MD 20677
  • St. Joseph, 4595 St. Joseph Way, Pomfret, MD 20675
  • St. Mary, 13715 Notre Dame Place, Bryantown, MD 20617
  • St. Peter, 3320 St. Peter’s Drive, Waldorf, MD 20601

Montgomery County

  • Historic St. John and Carroll Chapel, 10103 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20902
  • St. Mary, 18230 Barnesville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838
  • St. Rose of Lima, 11701 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Prince George’s County

  • Sacred Heart, 16501 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD 20715
  • St. Mary, 13401 Piscataway Road, Clinton, MD 20735
  • St. Mary of the Assumption, 14908 Main St., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

St. Mary’s County

  • Holy Face, 20408 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills, MD 20634
  • St. Aloysius, 22800 Washington St., Leonardtown, MD 20650
  • St. Francis Xavier, 21370 Newtowne Neck Road, Newtowne, MD 20650
  • St. Joseph, 29119 Point Lookout Road, Morganza, MD 20660

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 96 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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