Restoring Our Legacy: A Shining City on a Hill

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Restoring Our Legacy: A Shining City on a Hill THE CAMPAIGN FOR ST. AGNES

Due to the generosity of parishioners, we have exceeded our minimum $5 Million goal for the campaign!  As of April 26, 2019, pledges total $5,189,748.  

Father Frederick Edlefsen, Pastor, is grateful to each and every donor and volunteer for their contributions of time, talent and treasure to this effort and to the parish overall. Thank you to our leadership team, Ambassador Robert Kimmitt, Honorary Co-Chair; Jim Pirozzoli, Co-Chair; and Sara Fagen, Co-Chair. (See below for Father's thank you letter to parishioners and details of the Master Plan.)

With the conclusion of the campaign in January 2019, efforts are under way to advance the progress of church, convent and school projects under the St. Agnes Master Plan.  In mid-March, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and the Diocesan Building Commission approved the next phase of design and engineering services with Winstanley Planner and Architects. This is a significant step forward, as it allows us to refine the concepts for our renovations into actual designs, moving the Master Plan significantly closer to reality.  The St. Agnes Master Plan Committee met in early April to move forward. 

Additionally, in an effort to make gifting your pledges easy, you should have just received a green envelope for Capital Campaign pledge payments with your offertory envelopes. You can submit this at any point during the month, however, the second Sunday of every month will be St. Agnes Pledge Redemption Sunday. Please consider dropping your pledged gift in the offertory that Sunday.

If you have not yet made a contribution, please consider doing so, as pledges are still needed to account for unforeseen costs. Gifts can be made over a period of 1-5 years or as a one-time contribution. You can make your payments or one-time gift by a check to St. Agnes Capital Campaign, through Faith Direct, transfer of assets, or an IRA or stock transfer. If you have any questions, call the Parish Office at 703-525-1166.

Check the first bulletin of the month or The Saint Agnes Signal, the parish's monthly eNewsletter, for updates on the progress of Master Plan projects.

Thank you for your generous, continued support of Our Lord's work here at St. Agnes!

Letter from Fr. Frederick Edlefsen, Pastor, to St. Agnes Parishioners (January 15, 2019) 

Dear St. Agnes Parishioner - 

I am happy to report that on Monday, January 14, 2019, we reached our $5 Million minimum goal for the capital campaign, Restoring Our Legacy: A Shining City on a Hill!

Congratulations and thank you for your selfless support of the Lord's work here at St. Agnes.  Due to the generosity of parishioners, we are now able to move forward with necessary renovations to our church, convent, and school.  I am confident that the entire St. Agnes community will benefit from the fruits of our work for generations to come, insofar as it's done humbly in the name and grace of Jesus Christ and his Mother.

I would like to ask anyone who has not yet made a gift to prayerfully consider doing so.  Every dollar raised over the minimum will help ensure we are able to best execute the plans we have for the parish.  If we go substantially beyond our goal, we will be able to take on more projects to ensure we don't have to do another campaign in the near future. 

Pledges can be made over a period of 1-5 years or as a one-time contribution.  Payments or one-time gifts can be made by a check to St. Agnes Capital Campaign, through Faith Direct, transfer of assets, or an IRA or stock transfer.  

Thank you for your contributions.  "May the favor of the Lord our God be ours.  Prosper the work of our hands!" (Psalms 90:17).

Sincerely yours, in Christ and his Mother,

Fr. Frederick Edlefsen, Pastor

St. Agnes Capital Campaign Executive Committee

Sara Fagen, Campaign Co-Chair

Jim Pirozzoli, Campaign Co-Chair

Ambassador Robert Kimmitt, Honorary Co-Chair

Mike Griffin, Roger Naill, Beth Lewarne, Mike Ciatti, Keith Kelly, Carl Anderson, and Karen Vasquez

Details of the Plan

Key renovations include:


· A welcoming central entrance with a primary exterior approach.

· A glassed-in partition (in place of the current wall) between the vestibule and nave.

· Improved lighting, sound and refurbished or new pews and kneelers.

· Restrooms on the main level, and handicap accessibility to the lower church.


· Expansive interior renovations to serve parish and school needs with modern technology resources, a new school library, flexible meeting space and handicap accessibility from the exterior and school interior.


· Gym improvement plan including lighting, new flooring, wall and ceiling paint.

· Repurposing the existing library for additional classroom, music room and restrooms.

· Restructured Pre-K program area space and a new HVAC system.

For the history of our beautiful parish, please read Father Edlefsen's Sunday Column from October 21st here.

If you have any questions, please call Amber Roseboom in the Parish Office at 703-525-1166 ext. 127.


For a list of donors, as of May 20, 2019, click here.

Ways to Give to the Capital Campaign

Pledge Form
Please complete a Capital Campaign Pledge Form.

Mail a Check
to St. Agnes Parish Office: 1910 N. Randolph St., Arlington, VA 22207

Credit or Debit
through Faith Direct by selecting the Campaign and completing your pledge and payment preferences.

Gift of Stock
Download instructions for donating stock here.

Donate Using Your IRA
IRA Charitable Transfer is a great way for donors 70 1/2 or older to receive tax benefits.  Consider using your required minimum distribution.  Please be sure to speak with your financial and tax advisors to confirm.  Here is a sample letter to initiate a request.

Match My Gift
Many companies sponsor gift matching programs and will match charitable contributions.  Please check with your companiy's HR department.  In addition, please note on your pledge card that your gift will be matched.

Gifts of Real Estate
Deed a piece of property to the Catholic Diocese of Arlington for the benefit of St. Agnes Church.  Tax benefits received based upon Fair Market Value and other tax benefits may apply.  Please speak with your tax advisor.

For questions please contact Meg McKnight, Business Manager at the parish office, 703-525-1166.

Campaign Prayer