"Our Lady of Lourdes Church marks its 75th anniversary as Amazon-related developments spark parish innovations" By Kevin Schweers

When the second-largest company in the country says it’s bringing you up to 25,000 new neighbors, what’s a Catholic church to do? The answer was clear to the pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Father Frederick H. Edlefsen: you innovate to communicate with people where they are and attract them.

As Father Edlefsen sees it, the Aurora Highlands part of Arlington that’s home to his church has experienced a series of periodic renovations since the end of World War II. As the parish marks its 75th anniversary this year, he said another transition is underway with the advent of Amazon’s second headquarters and an anticipated Virginia Tech University campus....


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