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About PAX
PAX (Pilgrims After Christ) is a Catholic, Christian inclusive community committed to planning and celebrating meaningful liturgies, developing community and responding to the needs of our world in justice, as those needs are revealed to us in liturgy and community dialogue.

All are welcome to attend any PAX liturgy.

Worship Services

Sunday Mass is at 8:45 AM in the community room of St. Luke Orthodox Church, 6801 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101.

PAX Christmas 2016 liturgy: Saturday, Christmas Eve, December 24 with Fr. Joe Nangle. Mass begins at 5:30 pm. (Gathering music at 5:15.) There is no PAX Mass on Christmas Day.

  • Directions:
    • From I-495 - Capital Beltway: Take Exit 44 - Route 193 East (Georgetown Pike) towards Langley. Go 1 mile (pass St. Luke Catholic Church). St. Luke Orthodox is on the corner of Georgetown Pike and Douglass Dr. Entrance is from either street with ample parking. Main entrances to the chapel and social hall are from the driveway circle. PAX uses the opposite (Georgetown Pike street side) entrance for Sunday Mass.
    • From George Washington Memorial Parkway: Exit at Rt. 123 (Chain Bridge Rd.); Go South (West) towards McLean. Go 1 mile (passing George Bush Center for Intelligence - CIA). Turn right at next traffic light onto Rt 193 West - Georgetown Pike. Go 1.5 miles to St. Luke Orthodox on the left, at the Corner of Georgetown Pike and Douglass Drive.
  • Click here for a map.
  • For more information, please email info@paxcommunity.org.

About the PAX Community

Rooted in Vatican II, PAX (Pilgrims After Christ) was formed in 1969 under the pastoral guidance of Fr. Al Pereira, at St. Luke's Catholic Church, McLean, Virginia. PAX is a lay-led Intentional Eucharistic Community (IEC) in the Catholic tradition, united around planning and celebrating the Sunday liturgy. It has been an independent IEC since 1983. PAX provides a wide circle of friends and colleagues who share a commitment to family and a mutual desire to better express and celebrate Gospel values in their daily lives.  

Member participation in planning and celebrating the weekly liturgy promotes vigorous faith and a caring, sharing community eager to discover how it can live out its commitment to Christian values in today's world. Celebrating together inspires concern for the needs of our members and for all our neighbors.

This concern finds expression through active participation in service to others. PAX members provide personal service to local and global projects that feed the hungry, house the homeless, assist refugees, shelter battered women, support missionary activities and address systemic social injustices.

PAX provides religious education programs for both children and adults. PAX offers members support in times of special needs. Most importantly, PAX provides a wide circle of friends and colleagues who share a commitment to family and a mutual desire to better express and celebrate Gospel values in their daily lives.

Our liturgy presiders come from a pool of Roman Catholic priests active in the D.C. area serving various institutions. The weekly presider meets with the lay planners for each liturgy to explore the meaning of the readings in their daily lives. Together they plan how to express their insights in a meaningful liturgy through theme, message, staging, setting, visuals, music, dance, readings, homily, dialogue, etc. The group takes responsibility for implementing the Mass as planned. The PAX community supports the use of inclusive language in the liturgy.


"The PAX Community gave me back my faith,"... Al Galiani

"My family sees PAX as Christianity in action. Since finding it, we have had no desire to worship elsewhere. The thought provoking liturgies provide both intellectual and spiritual stimulation."... Judy Hushon

"For me, PAX is the essence of community and of Church. Its liturgies are so enriching; its fellowship, both accepting and challenging."... Caridad Inda

"My weekly conversion!"... Carl Siebentritt

"PAX is extended family to me supportive, challenging and embracing"... Anonymous