Bishop Loverde Establishes Two Parishes, Announces Clergy Changes

Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde announced June 14 the establishment of two new parishes, the appointment of six pastors and four administrators and the retirement of two well-respected diocesan priests. All changes are effective June 28, unless otherwise specified. The two new parishes are St. Matthew in Spotsylvania (formerly a mission of St. Patrick in Chancellorsville) and St. Veronica in Herndon. Father David P. Meng and Father Marcus A. Pollard will serve as administrators of the respective parishes. The total number of diocesan parishes now stands at 65, with five missions. The diocese will lose the active services of Msgr. R. Roy Cosby and Msgr. John T. Cilinski. The two men have contributed more than 96 years of priestly service to the Dioceses of Richmond and Arlington. Msgr. Cosby and Msgr. Cilinski both reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 (next week’s HERALD will look back on the distinguished careers of both priests). Msgr. Cilinski will be in residence at St. Agnes Parish, Arlington, while Msgr. Cosby will be in residence at Our Lady of Angels. Msgr. Edward P. Browne, pastor of St. Michael Parish in Annandale, now has the distinction of being the diocesan priest with the most years of active service. He was ordained on June 9, 1951. Msgr. Cilinski will be replaced at Our Lady of Angels by Father Robert A. Lange. Father Jerry J. Pokorsky will replace Father Lange as administrator of St. Peter Mission in Little Washington. Msgr. Cosby will be replaced at St. James by Father Cornelius O’Brien, longtime pastor at St. Timothy Parish in Chantilly. Father Gerald Weymes will move from St. William of York Parish in Stafford to St. Timothy’s. Father Charles Merkle, III, will be the new administrator at St. William of York. Father Stanley Krempa will move from St. Mary Parish in Alexandria to Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Winchester. Father Robert E. Avella will move from St. Leo the Great in Fairfax to St. Mary’s. Father John D. Kelley will replace Father Avella at St. Leo’s. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Bishop Loverde has given first assignments to the seven men he ordained May 15 at the Cathedral. The assignments for the newly ordained are: Father Brian Bashista, St. Mary of Sorrows, Fairfax; Father Matthew Carr, Holy Spirit, Annandale; Father Mark Carrier, St. Leo the Great, Fairfax; Father Terry Cramer, St. Timothy, Chantilly; Father Michael Dobbins, Blessed Sacrament, Alexandria; Father John Heisler, St. John, McLean; and Father Joseph Kenna, All Saints, Manassas. Special assignments this year include Father Vincent P. Bork given a leave from diocesan service to pursue one year discernment with the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross. Father Frank J. Ready has been appointed a member of the Clergy Personnel Board. In keeping with the 1983 Code of Canon Law, Bishop Loverde also announced a change in title from "associate pastor" to "parochial vicar."

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