Jul 5, 2019
Alex Solsma has a conversation with our new Parochial Vicar, Father Nicholas Blank, on this edition of The Basilica of Saint Mary Podcast. Father Nicholas was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Michael Burbidge on June 8, 2019 at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington. He shares the story of his path to the priesthood during this podcast.
Father Nicholas replaces Father Andrew Haissig, who served as a Parochial Vicar at Saint Mary from June of 2015 to June of 2019. Father Andrew is now a Parochial Vicar at Saint Louis Parish 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.