Adult Faith Formation

Adult Religious Enrichment Committee (AREC)

The St. Ann Adult Religious Enrichment Committee is part of the Faith Formation ministry of the parish. The Committee’s main activities are to recommend and coordinate four or five programs in both the spring and fall and to facilitate occasional study programs. The goals of these activities are to improve the understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith among adults.

Activity: Committee arranges four or five talks held Monday evenings in the Fall and Spring on an annual theme.

Volunteers: Over 18.

Time commitment: 5-7 committee meetings/year about 1 hour each.

Contact: The position of AREC Chair is open. Contact: Marie Powell – Phone: 703-528-7313 or Email:


Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process for bringing adults–called “inquirers”– into the Catholic Church. Inquirers include those who are not baptized (catechumens) as well as those who have been baptized in another Christian denomination (candidates). At St. Ann’s it also includes those who were baptized Catholic as children but were not catechized and did not receive the sacraments of First Eucharist and/or Confirmation. The process begins in September and concludes at the Easter Vigil when catechumens and candidates are fully initiated into the Church.

Activity: Meet with a group of like-minded folks under supervision of Catholic clergy and laity, from after Labor Day until Easter to discuss the teachings of the Church and the possibility of entering the Church.

Volunteers: Interested adults not yet baptized or baptized in a non-Catholic church and adult sponsors

Time Commitment Weekly or bi-weekly evening meetings.

Contact: Parish Office – Phone: 703-528-6276 or Deacon Bill Donovan – Email:


Landings for Returning Catholics

Activity: Welcome inactive Catholics back to an active faith life in this volunteer directed program of support and companionship

Volunteers: Young Adult, Adult, Senior

Time Commitment: Varies.

Contact: Parish Office – Phone: (703) 528-6276


Weekend Retreat for Women

Dominican Retreat House Retreat is a special time set aside to renew our relationship with God in a prayerful atmosphere away from daily distractions. The location is welcoming and peaceful.  Dominican retreat is in the Roman Catholic tradition but is open to anyone seeking spiritual renewal and prayer. It is an opportunity to nourish the spirit and grow closer to God.

Each individual room has a bed, desk, chair, sink and individual climate control. You get delicious meals. (No cooking!) Car pools are being arranged for those who wish to share rides — including one that will arrive in McLean early for dinner out. The weekend begins at 7:15 Friday and ends around 3 pm Sunday.

Saint Ann Contacts: Mary Green 703-534-2166 Monica Shumann 703-536-3277

Dominican Retreat House 703-356-4243 7103 Old Dominion Drive McLean, Virginia 22101 has a tour of the property