About Us

The Paschal Lamb has been a cherished resource for Catholic books and gifts in Northern Virginia for over 30 years.  Now under new ownership, we hope you will come in to discover new items and, little by little, a new atmosphere.  We hope you will find it is not only a place to purchase religious items, but a beautiful and spiritually enriching space; a respite from the busyness that competes for our attention and one that connects us to things above. We welcome you and look forward to serving our wonderful Catholic community!

Our Story

Original owners of the Paschal Lamb, Cecilia Balog, Donna Biegler, and Rosalyn Barry, made the decision it was time to retire and began the process of looking for new owners in (Month, year).  They were determined to find the right shepherds for the store.  Led by the Holy Spirit, Julia Hecton, Laura Mead, Sharon Driscoll, and Barbara Schwartz answered the call and became the new shepherds of the Paschal Lamb in January 2021. 

Julia Hecton has lived in the Northern Virginia area since 1979 when her family immigrated from Nicaragua. A cradle Catholic, alumnus of Bishop O’Connell HS and graduate of George Washington University, she’s been a long-time parishioner of St. Ambrose Church in Annandale, Virginia. Julia studied business in college, was blessed in subsequent years to marry Glenn and together, raise a family of four amazing children. She combined the joys of motherhood while gaining professional experience in administration, project management and accounting with different companies in the District of Columbia, Falls Church, and Alexandria, Virginia. Julia enjoys gardening and travelling with her family, supporting her parish, and growing in her Catholic faith. She is grateful and humbled to have been guided to this moment in time to help lead the store in its new phase. She and her faith-filled partners are overjoyed to meet all who walk through its doors and in this way be of service.

Laura Mead is thrilled to have been called to be part of this amazing Catholic store! She grew up in Philadelphia and came to this area to teach in the Fairfax County Public Schools. In 1988, she married her husband Rob and they have three children who have all been part of the St. Ambrose Parish. Laura served as the Director of Religious Education at St. Ambrose for many years. Now, she has the opportunity to evangelize in a different way. She is also invested in the Order of Malta. She goes to Lourdes each year with those who are sick. In her free time she enjoys traveling, especially on pilgrimage. She is also an active parishioner at St. James the Greater in Charles Town, WV where she and her husband are part owners of Joan and Joe Coffee Shop.

Sharon Driscoll is a native of Northern Virginia, raised in a large Catholic family.  She graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School and holds a Master of Education degree in Counseling & Development from George Mason University.  Prior to having children, Sharon worked for Fairfax County in various counseling positions.  She is married to Kevin, a civil engineer and self-proclaimed DIY guy, and they have two energetic and wonderful sons, Jonah and Cooper who attend St. Ambrose Catholic School.  Sharon is an active volunteer at the school and parish, and she also enjoys cooking and baking, and outdoor recreation.  The Lord called her to an unexpected role as co-owner of the Paschal Lamb, and she responded to the call with a joyous yes.  She feels it is a tremendous privilege to be part of the evangelical mission of the Paschal Lamb and is blessed to work with her partners who are amazing women of faith.

Barbara Schwartz is originally from Minnesota. While earning a B.F.A. in Kentucky, she met her future husband Steve. After marriage, she worked professionally as a graphic designer and actress until they moved to the D.C. area where she earned an M.F.A. in Acting at Catholic University of America. Her theatrical career was happily interrupted when the first of their four children entered the scene. The decision to educate them at home with a solid, Catholic curriculum 'inadvertently' led to a rediscovery of their own faith. Barbara continues to direct and teach acting skills as a free-lance artist, committed to instilling the good, true and beautiful in all her theatrical projects. She has been blessed to work with both the Paschal Lamb founders and her new partners, having been a staff member at the store prior to becoming a co-owner. The Paschal Lamb provides her with an abundance reminders that "all shall be well" in the people she meets and works with daily.