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Tepeyac OB/GYN celebrates 25 years in Fairfax

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Patricia Long had just returned from the Philippines and was looking for an OB/GYN when her husband read about a pro-life doctor in the Catholic Herald — Dr. John Bruchalski. Though he was practicing in Maryland, Bruchalski told Long that he was about to start a practice in Northern Virginia. “Of course, there was no other option, we had to go with Dr. B,” she said. Long’s daughter, Elizabeth, was the first baby Bruchalski delivered at Tepeyac.

Elizabeth, her parents, her siblings and many other Tepeyac patients celebrated the practice’s 25th anniversary with Mass and a reception at St. Veronica Church in Chantilly Dec. 14.

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The morning Mass was celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge along with several diocesan priests. In his homily, Bishop Burbidge thanked the health care workers, benefactors and all those associated with Tepeyac. “All of you through the practice of medicine help to embody our Catholic faith because as your mission statement says, you work to restore the integrity of the human person,” he said. “Through the compassionate care that you extend to individuals and families, you reflect that prayer that we sang today: ‘I praise you, Lord, for I am wonderfully made.’ ”

Tepeyac OB/GYN, originally Tepeyac Family Center, began after Bruchalski felt called to practice medicine in line with his Catholic faith. That meant offering natural family planning in lieu of birth control, providing emotional and physical comfort to families of unborn babies with a fatal prenatal diagnosis, and serving both the poor and those able to afford medical care. “Whatever work we do, if we help unite it to the church, and make (our faith) more than just a Sunday obligation — oh my, the joy and the happiness,” he said.

Bruchalski credits his wife, Carolyn, and the early support of Arlington Bishop John R. Keating and Bob Laird, former diocesan director of Family Life, for getting Tepeyac off the ground. Arlington’s bishops, priests and laypeople have provided ongoing and invaluable support throughout the years, he said. When asked how he felt about the past 25 years, Bruchalski expressed his gratitude to the diocese. “We could not have done anything that we did without them.” 


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019