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Basilica of Saint Mary Podcast

Sep 19, 2018

In the fourth episode of The Basilica of Saint Mary Podcast, Alex Solsma begins by talking to Father Andrew Haissig, Parochial Vicar at the Basilica. (0:52-12:42) He serves as Spiritual Director for the Legion of Mary, so he describes the mission of the group.

Alex then chats with Sara Schiedermayer, the Basilica’s new Assistant Director of Religion Education. (12:57-28:43) She talks about how she grew deeper in her Catholic faith while a student at the University of Wisconsin and why she decided to work as a religious educator in Alexandria.

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.