b Biographies of New Pastors and Administrator -b

Bishop Paul S. Loverde recently appointed 15 new pastors and one administrator for service in the Arlington Diocese. Following are brief biographies of the priests:Father Michael J. Bazan, newly appointed pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Manassas, was born Sept. 19, 1951, in Utica, N.Y., as the second of six children of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bazan. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1972 and was stationed in Texas, California, West Germany and New Jersey before being discharged in 1977. He attended Brisson Seminary, College Seminary for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, in Warrenton, Pa.; the Seminary of St. Pius X in Erlanger, Ky.; and Mount St. Mary?s in Emmitsburg, Md. His diaconate assignment was at Nativity Parish in Burke. Father Bazan served as associate pastor at St. Catherine of Siena in Great Falls from 1984-88, Blessed Sacrament in Alexandria from 1988-92, St. John the Evangelist in Warrenton from 1992-94, at Good Shepherd in Alexandria from 1994-96 and as pastor at St. John the Evangelist in Warrenton from 1996-2004. Father Paul L. Dudzinski, newly appointed pastor of St. Michael Church in Annandale, was born March 23, 1959, in Fond du Lac, Wis., as one of eight children. He graduated from Princeton High School in Princeton, Wis., in 1977 and St. Francis de Sales College Seminary in Milwaukee in 1981. After graduating from Mount St. Mary?s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., he was ordained to the priesthood by former Arlington Bishop John R. Keating on May 10, 1986. His diaconate assignment was at St. Mark Parish in Vienna. Father Dudzinski served as parochial vicar at Holy Family Parish in Dale City from 1986-87, St. Leo the Great Parish in Fairfax from 1987-91, St. Ambrose Parish in Annandale from 1991-95, St. James Parish in Falls Church from 1995-98, and St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clifton from 1998-2004. He is a member of the priests? basketball team, the Earthen Vessels. Father Thomas P. Ferguson, newly appointed pastor of St. Thomas ? Becket Parish in Reston, was born in Woodside, N.Y., on May 27, 1966, as one of six children. After attending elementary school in Woodside, his family moved to Alexandria, where he graduated from Bishop Ireton High School in 1984. After graduating from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in 1987, he earned a master?s degree in 1989 and a doctorate in 1991, both from the University of Virginia. He then entered Mount St. Mary?s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., for theological studies. His diaconate assignment was at St. Mary Parish in Alexandria. Father Ferguson was ordained to the priesthood by former Arlington Bishop John R. Keating on May 21, 1994. He served at St. Bernadette Parish in Springfield from 1994-96. From 1996-98, Father Ferguson completed his studies in canon law at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. He was appointed in 1998 to the diocesan Tribunal while also serving at St. Luke Parish in McLean. He was named administrator of St. Bernadette Parish in 2002 and a Tribunal judge in 2004. He has served on several diocesan committees, including the Diocesan Ecumenical Committee and the committee for the diocese's 25th anniversary celebration. He has served as secretary of the Presbyteral Council since 1999. Father Ferguson wrote a four-part series on the history of the Church in Northern Virginia, which was published in the HERALD in the summer of 1999. He also is the author of Catholic and American: The Political Theology of John Courtney Murray, published by Sheed and Ward in 1994. Father Richard M. Guest, newly appointed pastor of St. Theresa Parish in Ashburn, was born in Oak Lawn, Ill., Dec. 8, 1963. Father Guest was educated in Chicago, where his parents still live and received a bachelor?s degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 1986. He also holds a master?s degree in Hebrew Bible from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Father Guest has two brothers and a sister living in the Midwest. After holding various jobs in Chicago, he entered Mount St. Mary?s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., graduating in 1994. His diaconate assignment was at St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish in Alexandria. Father Guest was ordained May 21, 1994 by former Arlington Bishop John R. Keating, who appointed him parochial vicar at St. William of York Parish in Stafford from 1994-98. He has served at St. Catherine of Siena in Great Falls from 1998-2002, St. Thomas ? Becket Parish in Reston from 2002-03 and as administrator at St. Therese in Ashburn from 2003-04. Father Dennis Kleinmann, newly appointed pastor of St. Mary Parish in Alexandria, was born in Milwaukee, Wis., July 22, 1959, the oldest of eight children. He attended Beaver Dam High School and Pontifical College Jospehinum. He worked for eight years as an office manager at a Wisconsin car dealership, while teaching CCD, and then decided to become a priest. He attended Mount St. Mary?s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. He spent his acolyte year at Sacred Heart Parish in Winchester and his diaconate year at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. He was ordained on May 15, 1993, by the late Arlington Bishop John R. Keating. He has served as associate pastor of St. Michael Parish in Annandale from 1993-96, as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Winchester from 1996-2002 and as administrator of St. Mary Parish in Alexandria from 2002-04. Father Kevin J. Larsen, newly appointed pastor of St. Bernadette in Springfield, was born Oct. 13, 1966, one of five children of Kristian J. and Eileen T. Larsen. Father Larsen grew up in McLean attending St. John Parish. He attended Lewinsville Elementary, Longfellow Intermediate and graduated from McLean High School, all in McLean. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pa. He spent his diaconate assignment at St. Christopher Parish in Philadelphia and St. Anthony Parish in Falls Church. He was ordained by former Arlington Bishop John R. Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, on May 15, 1993. Father Larsen served as parochial vicar of St. Bernadette Parish in Springfield from 1993-97, at Nativity Parish in Burke from 1997-2002 and as administrator of St. Thomas ? Becket Parish in Reston from 2002-04. He has also served as chaplain for the Fairfax County Police Department and has celebrated Mass for the Fairfax County Jail. Father Thomas J. Lehning, newly appointed pastor of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clifton, was born on Nov. 3, 1945, in Washington, D.C., to Thomas and Eileen Lehning. He attended St. James School in Falls Church, Bishop O?Connell High School in Arlington and St. John Vianney. He graduated from St. Mary College in Baltimore, Md., and North American College in Rome. Father Lehning was ordained on Dec. 18, 1970, by Bishop James Hickey, rector of North American College. His diaconate assignment was for the U.S. Army and Air Force in Germany. He served at St. Thomas ? Becket Parish in Reston from 1980-87, St. Francis de Sales in Purcellvielle from 1987-95 and Sacred Heart Parish in Manassas from 1995-2004. Father Stephen Leva, newly appointed pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Warrenton, was born Dec. 20, 1958, in Philadelphia, Pa., one of seven children of Vincent and Rosemarie Leva. He attended St. Helena Elementary School and Cardinal Dougherty High School, both in Philadelphia. He graduated from St Mary?s College in Emmitsburg, Md., in 1984, and Mount St. Mary?s Seminary in 1988. His diaconate assignment was at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. He was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral by former Arlington Bishop John R. Keating on May 21, 1988. Father Leva served as parochial vicar at St. James Parish in Falls Church from 1988-92, Blessed Sacrament Parish in Alexandria from 1992-95 and St. Ann Parish in Arlington from 1995-98; as administrator of Holy Family Parish in Dale City from 1998-2001; as parochial vicar of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Purcellville from 2001-03 and St. John the Apostle Parish in Lessburg 2003-04. Father David P. Meng, newly appointed pastor of St. William of York Parish in Stafford, was born Nov. 1, 1963 in Washington, D.C., the son of John and Barbara Meng. He attended St. Francis Seminary in Loretto, Pa., for one year before transferring to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., where he received a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1985. His theological studies at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., culminated in his ordination May 20, 1989, by former Arlington Bishop John R. Keating. As a deacon, Father Meng served at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Winchester. He was assigned to St. Bernadette Parish in Springfield as parochial vicar from 1989-93. From 1993-96 he was in residence at St. John Parish in McLean while serving as chaplain at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington. In 1996, he was named parochial vicar of St. Theresa Parish in Ashburn. In 2000, after a year as administrator of St. Matthew Parish in Spotsylvania, he was named pastor. Father Meng is a member of the Earthen Vessels priests? basketball team and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Oblate Father William J. Metzger, newly appointed pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Vienna, was born in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 27, 1942. He attended St. Agnes Elementary School and Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore. He entered the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales at Childs, Md., in 1960. He professed in 1965. He received his bachelor's in Latin at Niagara University in New York, master's degree in classical languages from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., and a second master's degree from the De Sales School of Theology in Hyattsville, Md. Father Metzger was ordained on June 5, 1971, by Cardinal John Krol in Philadelphia, Pa. After ordination, he served at Salesianum High School in Willmington, Del., from 1972-84; as principal of Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria from 1984-2000; and as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish from 2000-2004. Father Christopher J. Mould, newly appointed pastor of St. Lawrence Parish in Alexandria, was born Dec. 1, 1959 the fourth of seven children of John and Catherine Mould. He attended St. John School in McLean and graduated from Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington in 1978. In 1982 he graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. His theological studies were completed at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa. As a seminarian he served at St. Charles Parish in Arlington, St. John the Apostle Parish in Leesburg and St. Timothy Parish in Chantilly. He was ordained by former Arlington Bishop John R. Keating May 21, 1988. He was parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Alexandria from 1988-92, St. Thomas ? Becket Parish in Reston from 1992-95, Nativity Parish in Burke from 1995-97 and St. Mary Parish in Fredericksburg from 1997-2001. He was appointed administrator of St. Lawrence Parish in June 2002. Father Michael T. Orlowsky, newly appointed pastor of Our Lady of the Blue Ridge Parish in Madison, was born Oct. 19, 1960, to Edward and Elizabeth Orlowsky, the second of five boys. He attended Rutherford High School in Panama City, Fla. He considered becoming an electrical engineer and attended the DeVry Institute of Techonology for six months prior to moving to Texas to enroll at the University of St. Thomas. He studied for the priesthood in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, La., and later switched to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia to study for Arlington. Father Orlowsky spent his diaconate year at St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish in Alexandria and was ordained to the priesthood on May 15, 1993, by former Arlington Bishop John R. Keating. His first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Fredericksburg. In 1997, he was appointed parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish in Manassas, then parochial vicar at St. Ann Parish in Arlington in 2000. He was assigned to Holy Family Parish in Dale City in 2001 before being named administrator of Our Lady of the Blue Ridge Parish in June 2002. Father John J. Riley, newly appointed pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Spotsylvania, was born Aug. 10, 1961, in St. Louis, Mo., to John J. Sr., and Leemarie Louise Riley. One of five children, he attended St. Anastasia School in Broomall, Pa., and Arlington High School in Arlington, Texas. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., in 1983 and earned a master's degree in arts and religious studies from Notre Dame Institute. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., and was ordained by former Arlington Bishop John R. Keating, May 18, 1991. He was parochial vicar at St. Luke Parish in McLean from 1991-93, All Saints Parish in Manassas from 1993-97 and St. John the Evangelist Parish in Warrenton from 1997-00. He was appointed administrator of St. Louis Parish in Alexandria in 2000 and then pastor of the parish in 2001. He was an adjunct instructor of theology at Christendom College in Front Royal from 1996-2000. Father Riley was a regular contributor to the HERALD?s Gospel Commentary section for several years. Father Donald J. Rooney, newly appointed pastor of St. Mary Parish in Fredericksburg, was born in Kansas City, Mo. Sept. 17, 1961. He attended schools in Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., and Louisburg, Kan. After receiving a bachelor?s degree from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, in 1983, he entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa. Father Rooney was ordained by former Arlington Bishop John R. Keating May 21, 1994, after his diaconate year at St. Timothy Parish in Chantilly. His first priestly assignment was at All Saints Parish in Manassas. He was assigned to the diocesan mission parish, San Francisco de As?s in Banica, the Dominican Republic in 1996. In 1998, he was assigned to St. Leo the Great Parish in Fairfax City. He was appointed administrator of St. Mary Parish in September 2002. Father Rooney is an accomplished painter and artist. He has created the artwork for a variety of diocesan events, including the Diocesan Directory, Capital Campaign and Diocesan Pilgrimage to the National Shrine. Father Kevin B. Walsh, newly appointed pastor of St. Philip Parish in Falls Church, was born in Detroit, Mich., on Feb. 2, 1962. He attended Catholic schools in Warren and Madison Heights, Mich., and is a 1987 graduate of Christendom College in Front Royal. After receiving his priestly formation at Mount St. Mary?s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., Father Walsh was ordained by former former Arlington Bishop John R. Keating on May 16, 1992. His diaconate year was spent at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. He was parochial vicar at St. Anthony Parish in Falls Church, 1992-96; St. Rita Parish in Alexandria, 1996-98; and St. James Parish from 1998-2000. He served as chaplain at Marymount University in Arlington from 2000-02, with residence at St. James Parish in Falls Church. He was appointed administrator of St. Philip Parish in June 2002. Father Walsh celebrated the first Spanish Mass at St. James Church in May 1998 at the request of then-pastor Msgr. R. Roy Cosby. Father Terrence R. Staples, newly appointed administrator of St. Louis Parish in Alexandria, is a graduate of Falls Church High School and Virginia Tech University. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Staples, are member of Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge. He served his diaconate year at St. Mary Parish in Alexandria before being ordained on May 20, 1995, by Bishop John R. Keating. He has served as parochial vicar at St. Mary of Sorrows Parish in Fairfax, St. Louis Parish in Alexandria and St. Luke Parish in McLean. He also served briefly as temporary administrator of St. Lawrence Parish in Alexandria.

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