HISTORY TIME LINE FOR PRECIOUS BLOOD CATHOLIC CHURCH
†1868 - First services
held in Green’s Hall, corner of Main and Davis Streets. Services held about once per month.
†1879 – Land was bought
for the church from Ms. Mary and Ms. Betty Kirkman for $400. Following the death of the two Kirkman sisters, they were buried
in vaults behind the old Church. When the new Church was built, the vaults were removed and re-interred on the southeast side
of the present church. Their headstones may be seen there today near the fountain courtyard.
†1880 – Cornerstone laid by bishop
J. Keane – July 4, 1880.
In 1880 there were 20 families registered at Precious Blood.
†1880 – 1890 Mission of Warrenton.
†1890 – 1898 Mission of
All Saints Church, Manassas.
†1898 – 1922 Mission of Holy Comforter, Charlottesville.
†1922 – 1946 Mission of Warrenton.
†1946 - Established as independent
parish with missions pf St. John in Orange and St. Mark of Gordonsville on November 15, 1946. Father Maurice du Castillon,
C.I.C.M. appointed as our first pastor with Father Andrew Taillieu, C.I.C.M. as his assistant.
In 1946-47 – Precious Blood had
39 registered families.
†1947 – Father Maurice du Castillon, C.I.C.M. recalled by the General Chapter of his Society
in Belgium to resume his teaching career. He was succeeded by Father Andrew Taillieu, C.I.C.M., at his request on September
Rectory building started in June 1949 by George Robson. Cornerstone laid on July 24, 1949. Dedication was made on November
20, 1949 by Right Reverend Edward L. Stevens, Dean of our Deanery of Alexandria. The contractor, George Robson was paid $15,164.26.
†1954 – Shrine of
Our Lady of Lourdes was built by Father Andrew Taillieu, C.I.C.M., pastor of Precious Blood and Father Paul Van Wassenhove,
C.I.C.M. in the summer of 1954. Dedication by Bishop Joseph H. Hodges was on October 3, 1954. The funds were raised through
contributions from the Precious Blood congregation.
In December of 1954, Father Andrew Taillieu, C.I.C.M., was transferred to Detroit. Father John Jansen, C.I.C.M,
assumed charge of the parish until September 23, 1955.
†1955 – Father Maurice du Castillon, C.I.C.M. returned to Precious Blood on September 23.
†1957 – Parish Hall,
which was the Gospel Tabernacle, a Protestant denomination, was purchased from the minister, Rev. Paul Boyce in August for
September 21, Precious Blood Parish bought 53 acres at Catalpa with future Church in mind. We paid $65,000. In 1982 the Catalpa
property was sold to the Arlington Diocese for $75,000 to help with funding of the new Parish Hall-CCD building and church
December 9, purchased the Old Culpeper Terrace Motel next to the Church, which included another house for $45,000. These properties
were purchased from mrs. H.B. Lacy. Sunday School was started in the new place December 14.
In 1969 Precious Blood had 135 registered
July 29, the Nelson property on Edmondson Street was purchased for $15,000. The new Diocese of Arlington was formed August
13, of which Precious Blood was a part. His Excellency Bishop Thomas J. Welsh was appointed first bishop of the Diocese.
†1977 – Father Maurice
du Castillon, C.I.C.M., celebrates his Golden Jubilee as a priest.
†1979 – Father Maurice du Castillon, C.I.C.M., leaves Precious
Blood after 25 years of service and Father Leo Zonneveld, also a C.I.C.M. priest, arrives to assume pastoral duties.
†1980 – Church Centennial
celebration with His Excellency Thomas J. Welsh, D.D., J.D.C., 1st Bishop of Arlington, as the main celebrant.
Three year pledge program begun for new Church, Parish Hall, and C.C.D. facilities.
In 1980 there were approximately 300 families registered
at Precious Blood.
– Father Leo (as he affectionately is referred) requests a Precious Blood Parish song to be written for the Mass of
Dedication for the new church.
†1983 – Dedication of new Church of Precious Blood by His Excellency
John Richard Keating, D.D., J.C.D., Bishop of Arlington, on August 15, his first official act as our new Bishop. Mini-pledge
program begun in October 1983.
†1987 – Celebration of Father Maurice du Castillon’s sixtieth (60th) anniversary as a priest,
along with St. Peter’s Church of Washington.
†1989 – Second three year pledge program started to build Rectory Parish Office and additional
Father Maurice du Castillon, C.I.C.M. died on November 15, 1990.
†1991 – Rectory, parish office, and additional parking areas
Weeping crucifix installed.
†1993 – CYO members attend :World Youth Day” in Denver with Pope John Paul II.
†1996 - Precious Blood
Celebrated 50 years as a parish.
†1999 - The Diocese of Arlington purchased 22 acres of land off route 299 with the future expansion
of Epiphany School in mind. This land comes complete with a picturesque red barn and a breath taking view of the Blue Ridge
mountains. One day, it may become the site of the new parish.
†2006 - The H&R Block building on
East Street (Now Precious Blood Annex) was purchased to provide more classroom space and parking. The purchase of the Deane
house will eventually allow us to expand parking facilities.
†2008 – Precious Blood has 1068
registered families and over 3000 Catholics in our Parish.
†July 2008 – Father Leo Zonneveld, C.I.C.M.,
to celebrate his Golden Jubilee (50 years) of serving the priesthood and twenty-nine years as Pastor of Precious Blood.