Senator Jeremy McPike Presents 30th Anniversary Resolution to BEACON

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Provided by Benedictine Sisters of Virginia

BEACON Board Chair Vicky Castro and Mary Finnigan, Chief Operating Officer of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, accepted the 30th Anniversary Resolution from the Virginia Senate presented by Senator Jeremy McPike on Saturday, Dec. 3. The resolution was presented at the McCourt building in an event which honored local heroes, businesses, organizations, and milestones. BEACON was delighted to be recognized for its 30 years of service to the community.

BEACON is a non-profit community-based Literacy Organization founded in 1992 by Sister Eileen Heaps of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia. BEACON offers eight levels of English classes from Pre-Literacy to Advanced Grammar and Composition, in addition to Citizenship classes. BEACON serves the needs of adult English Language Learners in Greater Prince William by empowering them to achieve their education and employment goals. BEACON offers three 12-week sessions each year and three-week summer conversation classes. BEACON provides low-cost English and Citizenship classes to adult immigrants and integrates instruction with job and life skills.

When possible, BEACON also provides tutoring to meet unique needs. Volunteers teach BEACON’s morning and evening classes both in-person at three locations in Manassas and Manassas Park and also online. BEACON currently has more than 280 adult learners enrolled in the winter class session, which began on Nov. 28.

If you would like to volunteer or support BEACON, please call Jennifer Katac at (703) 331-5513 or email


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