Bishop Names 10 New Pastors for Diocesan Parishes

Following is a list of the 10 new pastors announced June 9 by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde. Father Alexander R. Drummond, newly appointed pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Great Falls, was born Oct. 20, 1957, in Chamblay, France, the son of Charles and Christa Drummond.
He attended T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, and received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the Schiller International University in Germany and France in 1980. He earned a master's degree in international relations from Schiller International University in Paris.
Before entering the seminary, Father Drummond worked on Capitol Hill, for a private educational foundation and at Tall Oaks Montessori School in Blacksburg, Va.
He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., where he specialized in sacred Scripture. He graduated in 1994 and was ordained by former Arlington Bishop John R. Keating on May 21, 1994.
He served as parochial vicar of St. Timothy Parish in Chantilly, 1994-98; St. Michael Parish in Annandale, 1998-2002; Good Shepherd Parish in Alexandria, 2002-03; and St. Catherine of Siena, 2003-07. He has served as administrator of St. Catherine since 2005.
Father Wilhelm J. Ettner, newly appointed pastor of St. John Bosco Parish in Woodstock, was born June 14, 1962, one of 11 children.
A native of Charleston, S.C., he attended elementary school in Mason Neck, Va., and graduated from Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria in 1980.
He attended Our Lady of Grace Seminary in Boston, graduating in 1987, and continued his theological training at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. His diaconate assignment was at St. Louis Parish in Alexandria. He was ordained by Bishop Keating May 15, 1993.
He served as parochial vicar of St. James Parish in Falls Church, 1993-95; St. Agnes Parish in Arlington, 1995-98; St. Timothy Parish, 1998-2001; St. John the Beloved in McLean, 2001-04; and St. Mary Parish in Fredericksburg, 2004-05.
He has served as temporary administrator of St. John Bosco since 2005 and is a member of the Earthen Vessels priests' basketball team.
Father Paul Eversole, newly appointed pastor of Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge, was born Nov. 14, 1964, in Hampton, Va., one of three children of Clark and Kim Eversole.
He attended Kecoughtan High School in Hampton and graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg in 1987. He worked as a technical writer before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1990. He attended the North American College in Rome from 1991-95 and was ordained by Bishop Keating May 20, 1995.
Father Eversole served as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Angels Parish, 1995-99; All Saints Parish in Manassas, 1999-2000; St. William of York Parish in Stafford, 2001-05.
He served as associate rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington from 2000-01. He has served as administrator of Our Lady of Angels since June 2005.
Father John D. Kelly, newly appointed pastor of St. Veronica Parish in Chantilly, was born in Washington, Pa., on July 13, 1958, one of three children of John and Josephine Kelly.
He graduated from Hinton High School in Hinton, W.Va., in 1976. After one year studying at Concord State College in Athens, W.Va., he entered the Slavic Studies Department at the University of California in California, Pa.
Accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Greensburg in 1979, he spent a year at St. Mark's Seminary in Erie, Pa., before transferring to the Seminary of St. Pius in Erlanger, Ky., where he received his bachelor's degree in 1982. Joining the Arlington Diocese in 1982, he earned a master's degree in theology in 1985 from Mount St. Mary's Seminary.
He was ordained by Bishop Keating May 10, 1986.
He served as parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish, 1986-90; Queen of Apostles Parish in Alexandria, 1990-92; St. James Parish, 1992-95; and St. Luke Parish in McLean, 1996-98.
He served for a brief time as administrator of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Alexandria. He was administrator of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Winchester, 1998-99.
Father Kelly has served as pastor of St. Leo the Great Parish in Fairfax since 1999. He has also served as chaplain of the Fitzgerald Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Father John Mosimann, newly appointed pastor of St. John the Apostle Parish in Leesburg, was born July 14, 1967, in Alexandria, one of eight children of Barbara and James Mosimann.
He graduated from the University of Dallas, Texas, with a degree in physics in 1989. He went on to study philosophy and theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, and later pursued a graduate degree in physics at the University of Maryland. He then volunteered a year of missionary service with Miles Jesu, a Chicago-based international faith family of lay Catholics and priests who promote unity and harmony in the Church.
In 1993, he entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he earned master's degrees in divinity and moral theology. As a deacon he served at Our Lady of Angels Parish. He was ordained by Bishop Keating May 17, 1997.
He served as parochial vicar of St. Leo the Great Parish, 1997-2000; All Saints Parish, 2000-04; and St. John the Apostle Parish, 2004.
In October 2004 he was named temporary administrator of St. John the Apostle, and was appointed administrator in June 2005.
In 2000, he was also named to the office of Advocate-Procurator of the Diocesan Tribunal for a five-year term. In 2003, he was appointed to the presbyteral council, and in April 2005, he was named a member of the College of Consultors.
Father Donald Planty Jr., newly appointed pastor of Holy Family Parish in Dale City, was born on Oct. 3, 1966, in Albuquerque, N.M., the son of Donald J. and Regina E. Planty.
He earned a bachelor's degree in government and French from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. After graduating from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary with a master's degree in divinity and theology, he was ordained by Bishop Keating May 15, 1993.
Father Planty served as parochial vicar at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington, 1993-95, and the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, 1995-96.
In 1998, he received a licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome followed by a doctorate in canon law in 2000.
He served as deputy head of mission for the apostolic nunciature in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2000-02. In 2003, he was appointed parochial vicar and director of religious education at Holy Family; he was appointed administrator in June 2005.
Father Terry W. Specht, newly appointed pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Annandale, was born Oct. 2, 1952, and grew up in Greensburg, Pa. A convert to the faith, Father Specht entered the Church in 1984 after graduating from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. He joined the Navy and for 21 years worked as a sailor on submarines. In 1991, he retired from the Navy to study theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary.  He served his diaconate year at St. John Church in McLean, and was ordained by Bishop Keating May 18, 1996.
Father Specht served as parochial vicar at St. Mary of Sorrows Parish in Fairfax, 1996-2000. He served as chaplain of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, 2000-04, while in residence at St. Leo the Great Parish.
In June 2004, Father Specht was named interim director of the diocesan Office of Child Protection and Safety, and bishop's delegate for special projects, positions he continues to hold.
He has served as temporary administrator of Holy Spirit Parish since January.
Father Terrence R. Staples, newly appointed pastor of St. Louis Parish in Alexandria, is a graduate of Falls Church High School and Virginia Tech University. His parents are members of Our Lady of Angels Parish.
Father Staples served his diaconate year at St. Mary Parish in Alexandria. He was ordained by Bishop Keating May 20, 1995. He has served as parochial vicar at St. Mary of Sorrows Parish, 1995-99; St. Louis Parish, 1999-2001; and St. Luke Parish, 2002-04.
He served briefly as temporary administrator of St. Lawrence Parish in Alexandria, 2001-02. He has served as administrator of St. Louis Parish since 2004.
Father Michael Taylor, newly appointed pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Fredericksburg, was born April 1, 1966, in Westerville, Ohio, one of three children of David G. and Patricia G. Taylor.
After graduating from Westerville South High School and Christendom College, he was ordained by Bishop Keating May 15, 1993.
Father Taylor served as parochial vicar at St. John the Apostle Parish, 1993-96; St. John the Evangelist Parish in Warrenton, 1996-97; and St. Bernadette Parish in Springfield, 1997-2001.
He served as diocesan director of youth activities from 2000-01. He was named chaplain and assistant principal for Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington in 2001 while in residence at St. James Parish.
He was appointed administrator of St. Patrick in June 2005.
Father David A. Whitestone, newly appointed pastor of St. Leo the Great Parish in Fairfax and adjutant judicial vicar of the diocesan Tribunal, was born Aug. 5, 1962. He attended St. Mary Elementary School and Bishop Ireton High School, both in Alexandria.
After graduating from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, he was ordained by Bishop Keating May 20, 1989.
He studied canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 1991-93.
Father Whitestone served as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 1989-91; St. Mary Parish in Alexandria, 1993-96; St. Louis Parish, 1996-97; St. Philip Parish in Falls Church, 1997-2000; and St. Mary of Sorrows Parish, 2000-01.
He has also served in residence at St. Mary of Sorrows, 2001-03; St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 2003-05; and St. Ann Parish in Arlington, 2006-07. He served as administrator of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Arlington, 2005-06.
He has served on the diocesan Tribunal since 1993 as advocate and defender of the bond, judge, adjutant judicial vicar, and was named Arlington's third judicial vicar in 2004.

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