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Bishop Burbidge blesses renovation, joins volunteers in serving evening meal

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A host of Northern Virginia contractors spent their spring painting walls and replacing flooring, carpeting, lighting, bathrooms fixtures, kitchen cabinets at Catholic Charities Christ House, which operates a homeless shelter, food pantry, thrift store and emergency assistance program in Old Town Alexandria.

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge arrived June 28 to tour the 200-year-old building, thank the local organization that spearheaded the project and bless the new renovations.

“This is just fantastic,” Bishop Burbidge said as he toured the dining room, kitchen, offices and upstairs bedrooms of the 14 male residents with Christ House program Director John Croft.

As Bishop Burbidge looked over the freshly painted kitchen, where 365 days a year parish and community volunteers serve an evening meal to the homeless, Kristyn Burr, executive director of HomeAid of Northern Virginia, told him the local contractors donated the $83,000 project as a labor of love. K. Hovnanian Homes supervised the project, with 28 tradesmen joining the effort.

Following a prayer service, Bishop Burbidge joined parishioners from St. Louis Church and Blessed Sacrament Church, both in Alexandria, to serve the evening meal to homeless men, women and three young children.

“Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,” Bishop Burbidge said, noting the love of Christ emanating from the Sacred Heart is present every day in the care for those most in need at Christ House. 

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Bishop Burbidge serves a meal to guests at Christ House. LISA JULIA PHOTOGRAPHY | COURTESY 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019