A missionary partnership between the Diocese of Arlington, VA, and the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana, in the Dominican Republic, the Bánica Mission has created a special bond between the two communities of faithful.
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History Of The Mission
In 1991 the Diocese of Arlington adopted the parishes of Bánica and Pedro Santana, with the welcome and support of the Bishop of San Juan de la Maguana, in the Dominican Republic. Since then, the Diocese has provided priests, volunteers, and material support, and donations to the more than 13,000 faithful people living in the towns of Bánica, Pedro Santana, Sabana Cruz, and the more than 60 surrounding rural communities known as campos. The first missionary sent by Arlington was Rev. Gerard Creedon. Fr. Creedon organized the new parish of San Francisco de Asis in Bánica, and assisted in the
reorganization of the existing parish of San Juan Bautista in Pedro Santana. Since Fr. Creedon, an additional nine priests have since ministered to the Bánica Mission. Msgr. Thomas Cassidy, Rev. Donald Rooney, Very Rev. Patrick L. Posey, V.F., Rev. John O’Hara, Rev. Daniel Gee, Rev. Christopher Murphy, Rev. Keith O’Hare, and Rev. Jason Weber all served the Bánica Mission. Currently, Rev. Stephen McGraw and Rev. Jeb Donelan are assigned to the mission
Bánica Mission Programs
In addition to the day-to-day administration of the parochial needs, the Bánica Mission runs several extracurricular programs for families and students in the mission. These additional programs are funded entirely by private donations from parishioners with the Diocese of Arlington. These programs are designed to provide financial assistance, or spiritual and educational enrichment.
Bánica Mission Projects
As and where needed, the Arlington Mission Office spearheads additional projects to benefit the Bánica Mission. Generally speaking, these projects are limited to building or construction works with a determined budget and estimated time frame for completion. These projects are reviewed and approved by the Arlington Mission Office, with funding sourced from private, designated donations.
Since the founding of the Bánica Mission in 1991, our projects have included:
From time to time, the running of the Bánica Missions incurs challenges and costs that not only fall outside of the day-to-day running of the mission, but also are beyond the scope of the Mission’s Projects. Nonetheless, the Arlington Mission office works to address these needs and cover these costs to help ensure the success of the Bánica Mission. Generally speaking, these extraordinary expenses can include:
Funding For The Bánica Mission
Funding for the Bánica Mission comes from a combination of sources including individual donations, annual 2nd collections, and the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal. Every month, the Bánica Mission receives a monthly stipend, including funds contributed through the Mission Cooperative Plan. This stipend pays operational costs of the mission, including utilities, general maintenance, and all costs of running the parish K-8 school, Colegio San Francisco Javier.