St. Anthony of Padua American National Catholic Church

A home for Contemporary Catholics

Who We Are

The parish of Saint Anthony of Padua is an all-embracing church community of the American National Catholic Church. The parish of St. Anthony of Padua is a faith community in the Catholic tradition which embraces all into full participation in the sacramental life of the church.

St. Anthony's is a place for Contemporary Catholics, seeking to learn about God and God’s will, to reach out and share what they have learned and experienced.

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    St. Anthony's is a welcoming community. We really do try to follow Jesus in a way that invites others to join us and to practice being inclusive. Sunday mass streams online and is archived at, so feel free to watch before you come. We are co-located with St. John's Episcopal in Centreville, VA.

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What are services like?

We share the following beliefs with the Roman Church: Radical monotheism of God Apostolic Succession Contemporary biblical form criticism Nicene Creed Salvific Act of Christ Economy (i.e., plan) of salvation Ecclesiology Marian theology Seven Sacraments

What is the community like?

Being Catholic today means many things. Most importantly it continues to represent the faith community of Christians most identified with the celebration of the sacraments and its rich tradition of symbols and metaphors. Contemporary Catholic is a term which best describes those who continue to search for a non-judgmental, sacramental experience different from that offered by the institutional church. Because these searchers have not found the kind of experience they want within traditional, institutional Catholicism many drift to other Christian communities but still miss the sacraments in their lives. Recognizing the need to fill a void in the lives of many, the Mission of Saint Francis offers the sacraments in a non-judgmental Catholic experience. By celebrating the sacraments without question, we hope to bring unity without the stumbling block of uniformity. Many who come to us are filled with a hurt or a longing not met in the institutional church. Here we hope they find an openness and acceptance that is a reflection of Christ’s love. Put simply, we follow Christ’s two commandments: to love God and to love one another as He loved us, wholly and completely. If you have been rejected because of a previous marriage, you are welcome here. If now you can’t believe the religion taught you as a child but still want a sacramental relationship with God, here is your home. If there are barriers in your relationship with God, then we wish to be with you in loving compassion.

What if I'm not a Christian?

All are welcome!!

Our Services

Sunday: 12:30pm

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5649 Mount Gilead Rd
Centreville, VA 20120-1906
(703) 665-9730

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About Us

Catholic (Independent)

English, Spanish

Size: Small

Traditional Hymns,Contemporary,A capella,Psalms a capella,Chanting

Casual, Creative, Down to Earth, Friendly, Progressive, Gay affirming, Inclusive, Historic, Multigenerational, Lots of kids

Community Service, Social Justice, Faith and Work, Children's Ministry, Adult Education, Food Pantry

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Church Leader

Fr. Jason Lody

Fr. Jason Lody

Fr. Jason was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ. The youngest of three children, Fr. Jason is proud of his Italian heritage and credits the great faith of his parents for the gift of his vocation to the Franciscans. Leaving New Jersey for college, Fr. Jason received a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia and a Master's Degree in School Administration from The Catholic University of America. Fr. Jason also studied at The Washington Theological Union and received a dual certificate in Theology and Pastoral Counseling. Fr. Jason completed his doctoral studies, focusing on education policy and effective administrative practices, and supports charter school start-ups in the District of Columbia. Fr. Jason currently serves as Minister General of the Franciscan Community of Mercy, a three year term he was re-elected to in 2012. Fr. Jason enjoys running marathons, considers himself a foodie, and loves baking at home!

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