Bishop appoints new pastors

Following is a list of new pastors announced June 14 by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde.

Father Robert J. DeMartino, newly appointed pastor of St. William of York Parish in Stafford, was born Oct. 2, 1951, in New York City, the son of Rose and Joseph DeMartino. The family moved to Virginia and became members of St. James Parish in Falls Church in 1961.

He graduated from Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington in 1969. He received a bachelor's in history from George Mason University in Fairfax and a master's of divinity from Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.

He was ordained to the priesthood by former Arlington Bishop John R. Keating May 16, 1992. He served as parochial vicar of Good Shepherd Church in Alexandria, St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Clifton and St. Philip Church in Falls Church, 2000-03. In 2003, Father DeMartino became the administrator of St. Peter Mission in Washington, Va. He has been pastor since 2005 when the mission became a parish.

Father Paul L. Dudzinski, newly appointed pastor of St. Peter Parish in Washington, Va., 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, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Keating May 10, 1986. His diaconate assignment was at St. Mark Parish in Vienna.

Father Dudzinski served as parochial vicar of Holy Family Parish in Dale City,1986-87; St. Leo the Great Parish in Fairfax, 1987-91; St. Ambrose Parish in Annandale, 1991-95; St. James Parish,1995-98. He was administrator of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clifton, 1998-2004.

He has been pastor of St. Michael Parish in Annandale since 2004.

Father David P. Meng, newly appointed pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Lake Ridge, 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 in philosophy in 1985. He completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary's Seminary, and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Keating May 20, 1989. As a deacon, Father Meng served at Sacred Heart 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 the Beloved Parish in McLean while serving as chaplain of Bishop O'Connell High School. In 1996, he was named parochial vicar of St. Theresa Parish in Ashburn.

He served as pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Spotsylvania, 2000-04, and St. William of York Parish since 2004.

Father Jerry J. Pokorsky, newly appointed pastor of St. Michael Parish in Annandale, was born May 6, 1954, in Manitowoc, Wis., to James and Phyllis Pokorsky. He has two brothers and a sister, all living in Wisconsin. He attended St. Mary School and graduated from Roncalli High School, both in Manitowoc.

He attended Mount St. Mary's Seminary, and was ordained by Bishop Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington May 19, 1990. He spent his diaconate assignment at St. Leo the Great Parish.

Father Pokorsky was parochial vicar of St. Ann Parish in Arlington, 1990-94; St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, 1994-96; and Holy Spirit Parish in Annandale, 1996-99. He was named administrator of St. Peter Mission, in 1999. Father Pokorsky was assigned to duty in the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., from 2003-06. He has served as parochial vicar of St. Lawrence Parish in Alexandria since 2006.

Father Pokorsky was a co-founder of the Adoremus Society, and was a contributor to the Adoremus Hymnal, which promotes liturgical renewal. He is also a former gospel commentator for the Arlington Catholic Herald.

Father Mark E. Moretti, newly appointed pastor of St. Thomas à Becket Parish in Reston, was born in Washington, D.C., March 28, 1958, and grew up in Alexandria, where he attended St. Rita School and Bishop Ireton High School.

He earned a bachelor's in political science from Allentown College in Center Valley, Pa., in 1980. During a 10-year career as a special agent for the Diplomatic Security Service of the U.S. State Department, Father Moretti discerned a priestly vocation and entered Mount St. Mary's Seminary.

After a diaconate year at St. Elizabeth Parish in Colonial Beach, Father Moretti was ordained by Bishop Keating May 20,1995. He served as parochial vicar of St. Mark Parish, 1995-98; St. Rita Parish in Alexandria,1998-2003; and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 2003-2006. He has been administrator of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton since 2006.

Father Moretti has been spiritual director for several organizations in the diocese, including the Catholic Business Network, Magnificat and Prime Time Single Catholics.

Father Paul D. Scalia, newly appointed parochial administrator of St. John the Beloved Parish in McLean, was born Dec. 26, 1970, one of nine children of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin and Maureen Scalia.

He attended Langley High School in McLean and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., in 1992. After a year of theological studies at Mount St. Mary's Seminary, he was sent to Rome to study at the North American College. He was ordained a deacon in October 1995 in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He served his diaconate year at St. James Parish and was ordained to the priesthood May 18, 1996, by Bishop Keating.

He served as parochial vicar of St. Bernadette Parish; St. Patrick Parish in Fredericksburg, 2000-04; and St. Rita Parish since 2004.

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