Jul 24, 2019
Alex Solsma has a conversation with the new principal at the
Basilica School of Saint Mary, Dan Cinalli, on this edition of our
A longtime resident of Northern Virginia, Mr. Cinalli attended Catholic schools in the Diocese of Arlington from grades K-12. He holds a BA in English from George Mason University and also earned a Masters of Education Administration with a concentration in Catholic School Leadership from Marymount University. He most recently was the principal at Saint Michael School in Annandale, a role he had held since July 2016. He previously was assistant principal at Saint Timothy Catholic School in Chantilly, the second largest parish school in our diocese, from July 2013 to 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Cinalli served as an English teacher at Paul VI High School in Fairfax for more than three years and worked for Computer Sciences Corporation of Chantilly before becoming an educator.
Founded in 1795, the Basilica of Saint Mary in Old Town Alexandria is the first Catholic parish established in Virginia. Pope Francis named the church a minor basilica on December 6, 2017 due to its important role in the growth of the Catholic Church in North America.