Bishop Establishes New Parish, Announces Changes

A new diocesan parish has been established in Gainesville and seven new pastors or administrators were announced June 9 by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde. All appointments are effective June 27, unless otherwise stated. Father Francis J. Peffley will be administrator of Holy Trinity Parish in Gainesville, near the intersection of Routes 29 and 66. It is the 67th diocesan parish and the fourth to be established by the bishop within the past three years. Our Lady of Hope Parish in Potomac Falls was established last year. Father Patrick Holroyd will transfer from St. Thomas a Becket Parish in Reston to become pastor of St. Mark Parish in Vienna. He will replace Father Stewart Culkin who went on a leave of absence June 8. Father Kevin J. Larsen will follow Father Holroyd as administrator at St. Thomas a Becket Parish. Father Joseph P. Biniek’s status is changing from administrator to pastor of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Middleburg. Father Michael R. Duesterhaus will become administrator of St. William of York Parish in Stafford. He replaces Msgr. R. Roy Cosby, who was serving as temporary administrator. Father Jose Eugenio Hoyos is leaving St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Falls Church to become administrator of Holy Family Parish in Dale City. Father Steve Leva will become parochial vicar at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Purcellville. Father Daniel Mode will be leaving Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington after five years as school chaplain. He will become administrator at Queen of Apostles Parish in Alexandria, effective Aug. 1. He replaces Father Paul de Ladurantaye, who was serving as temporary administrator. The special assignments this year include the departure of Father Christian Connelly as parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Alexandria to active duty with the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Father Connelly will be stationed with the U.S. Army. Father David C. Rahn will become chaplain at Christendom College in Front Royal, with residence at St. John Parish in Front Royal. Father Steve A. Roszel has been named adjutant judicial vicar for the Tribunal in Arlington, with residence at St. Rita Parish in Alexandria. Father Michael Taylor will be the new chaplain at Bishop O’Connell High School, in addition to retaining his duties as director of the Office of Youth Activities. He will be in residence at St. James Parish in Falls Church. The six new priests ordained June 9 by Bishop Loverde also received their first parish assignments. Father Richard T. Carr will become parochial vicar at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge. Father Frederick H. Edlefsen will become parochial vicar at St. James Parish in Falls Church. Father Stephen F. McGraw will become parochial vicar at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Falls Church. Father Edwin F. Perez will become parochial vicar at St. Michael Parish in Annandale. Father James M. Poumade will become parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish Alexandria and Father James A. Tucker will become parochial vicar of St. Louis Parish in Alexandria. The four newly ordained transitional deacons also received their diaconate assignments.

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