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

After serving at The Paschal Lamb for 33 years, original owners Cecilia Balog, Donna Biegler, and Rosalyn Barry made the decision it was time to retire. Led by the Holy Spirit, Julia Hecton, Martha Kem, Theresa Lent and Barbara Schwartz continue the mission of serving faithful Catholics of the Arlington Diocese through the ministry of The Paschal Lamb.

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 traveling 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.

Martha Kem - Bio to come.

Teresa Lent - Bio to come.

Barbara Schwartz moved to the greater D.C. area with her husband Steve in 1986 to attend graduate school at CUA. After graduating, she worked professionally as a graphic designer, actress and stage manager until her career was happily interrupted when the first of four children entered the scene. The decision to educate them at home with a solid, Catholic curriculum 'inadvertently' led to a rediscovery of her own faith. Barbara and Steve are long-time members and active volunteers at St. Leo the Great in Fairfax. Barbara continues to free-lance in theatre as a director and acting coach, enjoys keeping bees in her backyard and is an avid needle pointer. She mothers at a distance now, watching and praying for her adult children as they navigate the world. She is twice blessed to have worked at The Paschal Lamb as a staff member for ten years prior to becoming a co-owner. The store provides her with an abundance reminders that "all shall be well" in the people she meets and works with daily.