Nearly 500 years ago, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego
and asked him to build a chapel on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico. Today in Fairfax,
Tepeyac OB/GYN, a faith-based, pro-life medical practice, strives to be “a
light on a hill, a beacon of hope and love and mercy,” said founder Dr. John
Bruchalski during a celebration of the center’s new facility.
Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge blessed the space March 25,
the feast of the Annunciation. On that day, the angel Gabriel told Mary, “Do not
be afraid.” Every day, Tepeyac helps expectant mothers, a third of whom are experiencing
crisis pregnancies, feel loved and supported. But today, said Bishop Burbidge,
Gabriel's words are meant for the supporters of Tepeyac.
“In a world that doesn't always embrace what we witness, do not
be afraid. Nothing is impossible with God,” the bishop said. “All those seeds
that we plant, all those efforts that we give to God every day are not in
Tepeyac began in 1994 in Bruchalski’s basement. Since then, the
medical center has moved to several different offices around Fairfax. Its
current location is on Fair Ridge Drive.
The new, larger facility has 12 exams rooms, two sonogram rooms,
a separate waiting room for those who prefer privacy and a neighboring suite for
Divine Mercy Care, the education and fundraising arm of Tepeyac. The lobby’s
skylight and blue decor create a calm atmosphere. The chapel’s stained glass windows
are based on the Cathedral of Dom Bosco in Brasilia, Brazil. The altar niche,
painted like the night sky, mimics Our Lady of Guadalupe’s mantle.
Since the early years of the center, Tepeyac has worked closely
with the shepherds of the diocese, said Bruchalski. In the early 1990s, Bishop
John R. Keating asked Bruchalski to speak to the priests of the diocese about
natural family planning and his mission of providing Christ-centered
Bishop Emeritus Paul S. Loverde regularly prayed outside abortion
clinics and, as a child of a high-risk pregnancy, had great concern for the
patients at Tepeyac, said Bruchalski. “He was always there for us.”
Tepeyac staff hopes they can establish a similar relationship
with Bishop Burbidge. “We want to put ourselves at your service to build up
this community,” Bruchalski told the bishop, who sprinkled holy water
throughout the facility and cut the red ribbon.
Dozens of Tepeyac supporters came to celebrate the opening,
including Erin Welsh and her daughter, Elizabeth. Welsh serves as director of
Holy Family Fertility Care and is a parishioner of St. James Church in Falls
Church. She often refers her clients to Tepeyac, one of the few providers in
the area she feels can offer holistic healthcare for women.
Tepeyac patients come from all over the diocese, and from outside
the diocese, said Bruchalski, looking for healthcare that respects a woman’s
fertility, cares for the needy and treats every pregnancy as a child of God.
“It's about trying to return Jesus as the Divine Physician under
the cloak of Our Lady,” he said. “We want to be excellent healthcare for all — a real resource from adolescence all the way
The next day, March 26, Bishop Burbidge visited and blessed the
New Eve Maternity Home in Winchester.
Call 703/273-9440 or go to tepeyacobgyn.com/.