Six years ago this summer, Father Joseph Pierce
arrived as pastor of St. Paul Parish
in Damascus, taking note of a unique sense of fellowship among members.
"From the day I walked in, I witnessed the parishioners' incredible spirit of welcome and joy as people of God shown not only to me but also to one another," Father Pierce
On April 6, the pastor welcomed those parishioners along with Father Peter Sweeney, the former pastor, and visiting clergy from local congregations to the dedication of a new parish center - "a place where the community can come together to grow as a community of faith," Father Pierce said.