May 14, 2020
Father Edward Hathaway, Rector of the Basilica of Saint Mary, reflects on Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist, Sacramentum Caritatis (The Sacrament of Charity). It was recorded during a retreat to commemorate the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, 2020.
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.