Bishop Announces Clergy Appointments, Establishes Parish

Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde announced this week a sweeping number of clergy appointments, including seven new pastors, seven new administrators and the establishment of a new parish in Potomac Falls. All appointments are effective June 28, unless otherwise stated. It is the second consecutive year the bishop has established a new parish. Last year he established two parishes -- St. Veronica near Dulles Airport and St. Matthew in Spotsylvania. This brings the total number of diocesan parishes to 66. Father William P. Saunders will move from Queen of Apostles Parish in Alexandria to become the founding pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Potomac Falls. In addition, the bishop announced the retirements of Msgr. Edward P. Browne and Father Clarence N. Watkins. Father Jerome R. Daly will move from St. John Parish in McLean to St. Michael Parish, while Father Denis M. Donahue will become administrator of St. Rita Parish. Father James R. Gould, longtime diocesan vocations director and pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Arlington, will take over as pastor of St. Raymond of Penafort Parish in Fairfax Station. Father Salvator L. Ciullo will move from St. Raymond’s to Queen of Apostles Parish in Alexandria. Under Father Gould’s supervision, the diocesan vocations office has produced a steady stream of young men and women to the priesthood and religious life. The bishop ordained four men to the transitional diaconate on June 3 and is scheduled to ordain four men to the priesthood on June 10. Father Gould’s duties in the vocations office will be divided between Father Daniel Mode, who was named Promoter of Vocations, and Father Curtis Clark, who was named Director of Seminarians. Father Robert L. Ruskamp will replace Father Gould as pastor of St. Agnes Parish. Father Mode will remain as chaplain and assistant principal at Bishop O’Connell High School. Father Clark, who had been serving on the faculty at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pa., will assume additional duties as chaplain and director of Catholic Campus Ministry at George Mason University. Father Robert Cilinski will move from George Mason University to administrator at All Saints Parish in Manassas. Other new administrators this year are Father William M. Aitcheson at St. John Bosco Parish in Woodstock; Father James Barkett at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Lake Ridge; Father Edward C. Hathaway at St. John Parish in McLean; Father John J. Riley at St. Louis Parish in Alexandria; and Father Clarence M. Trinkle at Our Lady of the Shenandoah Mission in Basye. Father Daniel Maher is returning to the diocese as Episcopal Vicar for Finance after several years at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Father Paul M. Eversole will replace him at the Shrine. There were several other special assignments announced by the bishop. Father Christopher Buckner is leaving St. Mary Parish in Fredericksburg to work full-time for Catholic Distance University in Hamilton. Father Daniel E. Hamilton will replace him as pastor. Father Mark A. Pilon is going from St. Ambrose Parish in Annandale to a full-time faculty position at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg. Father Richard J. Ley will replace him as pastor. Father Terry W. Specht as been assigned as chaplain and assistant principal at Paul VI High School in Fairfax. Father Michael G. Taylor is the new Director of Youth, replacing Father Barkett. Father James G. Mercer is being released from the diocese to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter for a period of discernment. And Father David A. Whitestone will assume full-time duties at the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal, with residence at St. Mary of Sorrows Rectory in Fairfax Station. The first assignments for the four men to be ordained by the bishop on June 10 will be announced next week.

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