St. Theresa Parish is located in Ashburn, Virginia which is approximately thirty-five miles west of Washington, D.C. We are part of the Arlington Diocese. The parish was started in 1991 by Monsignor James W. McMurtrie. For the first several years Mass was held at the local high school. In 1994, St. Theresa School was open and Mass had been held every day in the school’s multi purpose room. Monsignor McMurtrie named the parish for St. Theresa of Lisieux. Theresa was also his mother’s name who raised him and his three other siblings alone after their father passed away when they were teenagers.
Father Richard M. Guest became Pastor in 2002-2020. He oversaw the task of building the new church. A ground breaking ceremony was held on September 30, 2007, and building began in April of 2008. The dedication of the new church was held on November 11, 2009. Since then the parish and school office building project that included an adoration chapel has been completed along with a new rectory. We are very grateful for all that was accomplished during Fr. Guest’s 18 years here.
The parish continues to grow to nearly three thousand families today. Our school boasts nearly five hundred students; our religious education program has another 1,700 students enrolled. Nearly three hundred children make First Communion every year along with another two hundred who are confirmed.
On July 16, 2020, Father James C. Hudgins became our new pastor. We welcome Fr. Hudgins and pray God blesses him abundantly in his work here at our parish!
St. Theresa Catholic Church
21371 St. Theresa Lane
Ashburn, VA 20147