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Mar 15, 2018

The big news this week is the naming of three Monsignors by Pope Francis:

Msgr. Robert Avella is pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Arlington; Msgr. John Cregan is retired pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria; and Msgr. Stanley Krempa is pastor of St. Bridget of Ireland Church in Berryville.

Staff writer Zoey Maraist reports. Maraist also covered last weekend’s women’s conference, which drew 700 women to St. Joseph Church in Herndon. The two main speakers were Sister of Life Grace Dominic, a former Catholic Herald staff writer and Diane Foley, the mother of slain journalist Jim Foley.

And last Saturday evening the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria hosted an Irish Hooley.  The Herald’s multimedia designer, Ashleigh Kassok, reports.

Next week we’ll cover the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Alexandria as well as the Mass for Healing sponsored by the Knights and Dames of Malta coming up this Saturday, March 17.

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