Annual Priests' Jubilee Mass to Be Celebrated in Woodbridge

The annual Priests’ Jubilee Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, May 13, at Our Lady of Angels Church in Woodbridge. The Mass will begin at11 a.m. Msgr. James W. McMurtrie, diocesan administrator and pastor of St. Theresa Parish in Ashburn, will be the celebrant. Father David L. Martin, pastor of St. John Parish in Orange, will be the homilist. Father Martin is among several diocesan and religious order priests celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood this year. Other silver jubilarians this year include: Father George J. Griffin, pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Mount Vernon; Father Joseph Lapauw, C.I.C.M., provincial of Missionhurst in Arlington; Father John F. O’Connor, O.F.M., pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle; and Father John M. O’Neill, O.S.F.S., pastor of Our Lady of Angels Parish in Vienna. Msgr. John T. Cilinski, pastor of Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge, is the only priest in the diocese celebrating his 50th anniversary this year. Other special jubilarians include: 55 Years: Father Seamas X. O’Reilly, S.S.C., Front Royal; 40 Years: Father William F. Ruehl, pastor, St. John the Baptist Parish, Front Royal; and Father Leo J. Zonneveld, C.I.C.M., pastor, Precious Blood Parish, Culpeper; 35 Years: Father Luis M. Valdivieso, Bishop O’Connell H.S., Arlington; 30 Years: Father Gerard Creedon, pastor, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Arlington; Father Jesus Armando, M.Ss.A.; Father Matthew Habiger, O.S.B., Human Life International, Front Royal; Father John J. McBrearty, S.S.J.; and Father Hoang Minh Thu, Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Parish, Arlington. *** Msgr. Cilinski was born June 6, 1924, in Alexandria. He is the son of the late Peter and Amelia Cilinski. His brother, Julius, and nephew, Robert, also serve as priests in the Arlington Diocese. Together they account for 122 years of ordained ministry to Virginia Catholics. Msgr. Cilinski attended St. Mary Elementary School and St. Mary’s Academy, both in Alexandria. He then graduated from St. Mary’s College and Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained to the priesthood on May 22, 1948, by Cardinal Patrick O’Boyle, then archbishop of Washington. Msgr. Cilinski has served at many parishes throughout Virginia. He also served as director of the Richmond Diocese Missionary Fathers in 1955. In 1960 he was appointed pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Front Royal. He became pastor of St. John Parish, Waynesboro, in 1964. One year later he was appointed pastor of St. Philip Parish, Falls Church. He served there until 1981, when he became pastor of St. Ann Parish, Arlington. He was appointed rector of the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington, in 1989 and was elevated to monsignor by Pope John Paul II in January 1990. He has served as pastor at Our Lady of Angels since 1995. Msgr. Cilinski will celebrate a special anniversary Mass at St. Mary Church in Alexandria on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. *** Father Griffin was born Aug. 15,1937, in Midland, Pa., where he attended Presentation Elementary School and Lincoln High school. He graduated from St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa., in 1969 and the Washington Theological Coalition in Silver Spring, Md., in 1973. Father Griffin was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1973, by Richmond Bishop John J. Russell. His parish assignments have included: St. Philip, Falls Church; Sacred Heart, Winchester; Good Shepherd, Alexandria; and St. Leo the Great, Fairfax. He was appointed pastor of Holy Family Parish, Dale City, in 1983 and has served as pastor of Good Shepherd Parish since 1991. He also served as dean of Deanery V from 1987-91. *** Father Lapauw was born on Jan. 17, 1946, in Zweve Gem, Belgium. He joined the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sept. 6, 1965 and professed his first vows on Sept. 8, 1966. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in 1971 and was ordained to the priesthood in the Philippines on Dec. 27, 1973. Father Lapauw received his master’s degree from the Catholic University of Detroit in 1976. He served as associate pastor and pastor of St. Jude Parish in San Antonio, Texas, from 1976-82. During that time he also served as dean of the Western Deanery and as a member of the Presbyteral Council for the Diocese of Brownsville. From 1982-85 he served as director oft he CICM Mission Center and coordinator of the Justice and Peace Committee in Arlington. He returned to Texas in 1985 to serve as pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in Brownsville. From 1991-94 he served as pastor of San Martin de Porres Parish in Alton. Father Lapauw was elected provincial superior of the CICM U.S. Province in 1994. He was re-elected to a second term in 1997. *** Father Martin was born May 10, 1945, in Pittsfield, Mass. He attended Kittredge Elementary School and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He graduated from the Stigmatine Juniorate in 1966, Catholic University in 1969 and St. John’s Seminary in 1973. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1973, by Bishop Bernard Flanagan. Originally a Stigmatine priest, Father Martin was incardinated into the Arlington Diocese on Feb. 15, 1991. He was assigned to All Saints Parish in Manassas from 1973-77; St. Mary Parish, Fredericksburg, from 1987-88; St. John the Evangelist Parish, Warrenton, from 1988-89; St. Anthony Parish, Falls Church, from 1989-94; and Nativity Parish, Burke, from 1994-95. He has been pastor of St. John Parish in Orange and administrator of St. Mark Parish in Gordonsville since June 1, 1995. *** Father O’Connor was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the second of five children of Irish Catholic parents. His first assignment after ordination was as coordinator of campus ministry at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y. He also served as an adjunct theology faculty member and pastor of a university parish he started. When he left the university in 1982, 400 students were involved in the outreach program that he started with eight students. He considers the outreach program to be one of the greatest achievements of his life. Father O’Connor became guardian and director of the Franciscan Seminary in Washington in 1982 at the age of 34. He was the youngest Franciscan to hold that position in seminary history. He served three terms at that position. Father O’Connor was appointed pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in 1990. He is involved in ecumenical and community activities near the church, which borders Marine Corps Base at Quantico. He also serves as chaplain of the Prince William County Fire Department. This year he also celebrates 30 years as a Franciscan. *** Father O’Neill was born Dec. 4, 1944, in Wilmington, Del. He graduated from St. Elizabeth School in 1959 and the Salesianum School in 1962. He received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Catholic University in 1969 and his master’s degree in psychology from C.U. in 1972. He entered the Oblates in June 1962 and made his first profession on Aug. 21, 1964. He made his perpetual profession on Oct. 29, 1967. Father O’Neill completed his theological studies at the DeSales School of Theology in 1973. Father O’Neill was ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 1973, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington by Bishop Thomas J. Mardaga of Wilmington. He has taught at several Oblate high schools, including both Bishop Ireton in Alexandria and Paul VI in Fairfax. He served as guidance counselor and religion teacher at Ireton from 1973-83 and was academic dean at Paul VI from 1990-91 and religion teacher from 1991-92. Father O’Neill served as associate pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel from 1992-96 and was appointed pastor in 1996. The Oblates will honor Father O’Neill and all the other Oblates celebrating anniversaries this year during a Mass of Thanksgiving and dinner to be held on the campus of Allentown College in Center Valley, Pa., on Thursday, June 25. Copyright ?1998 Arlington Catholic Herald, Inc. All rights reserved.

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