We have a number of new congregations which are not yet financially self-supporting, several which meet in rented space and do not as yet even have land or buildings, and some older congregations serving small communities that can exist only through our financial assistance. This includes the congregations serving Korean, Hispanic, and Vietnamese communities. Dioceses also enable us to do things together that no individual parish could take on alone. We unite our resources to support a great number of other facilities – schools, retreats, conference centers, prison and college chaplainries, and the like. The Diocese has six parochial schools (Christ Church, St. Catherine’s, St. Christopher’s, St. Margaret’s, St. Stephens & St. Agnes, and Stuart Hall) and two retreat centers (Roslyn and Shrine Mont).
Specific priorities in the Diocese of Virginia include youth ministries through programs at Shrine Mont and on college campuses, building new churches to meet the needs of growing populations, maintaining strong bishops to support the work of local clergy and congregations, and supporting missions and churches overseas through various companion relationships. We also support several prison ministries.