Eight new pastors

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Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde appointed eight new pastors. Their new assignments are effective June 25.

Father Robert C. Cilinski

Father Robert C. Cilinski will become pastor of Church of the Nativity in Burke.

He was born June 25, 1953, in Alexandria to Edward and Catherine Cilinski. One of six children, he attended St. Louis School in Alexandria, St. John Vianney High School in Richmond and graduated from St. Meinrad College in St. Meinrad, Ind., in 1975, with a bachelor's degree in philosophy.

He attended Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., and was ordained by Arlington Bishop Thomas J. Welsh May 12, 1979. He earned a master's in divinity from Mount St. Mary's in 1982.

He was parochial vicar of the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, 1979-82, and Holy Family Church in Dale City, 1982-86. He was in residence at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax from June to October 1986, before moving to George Mason University in Fairfax as chaplain in October 1986, where he served for 14 years.

He was named parochial administrator of All Saints Church in Manassas in 2000, and has been pastor there since 2001.

Father Cilinski serves on the Arlington diocesan Catholic Charities board of directors and the Priests Personnel Committee. He also serves as president of the Gabriel Homes Inc., board of directors, which provides residential facilities for the developmentally disabled in Northern Virginia.

Father Frederick H. Edlefsen

Father Frederick H. Edlefsen will become parochial administrator of St. Agnes Church in Arlington.

He was born July 27, 1965, in Denville, N.J., to Martin and Ida Edlefsen. He attended Louisiana State University and received a bachelor's degree in 1987 in economics/international trade and finance. He earned a master's in international political economy from the University of Virginia in 1989.

After graduate school, he worked as a trader for Continental Grain Company in Kansas. He then worked as an economist at the U.S. Wheat Associates in Washington, while living in Falls Church where he attended St. James Church.

He took a job teaching at a Catholic high school in New York City, while living with a community of religious brothers. He discerned a priestly vocation and entered the Mercedarian Friars. He studied pre-theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., and then attended Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. He served his diaconate year at St. Michael Church in Annandale. He was ordained to the priesthood June 9, 2001, by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington.

Father Edlefsen served for four years as parochial vicar at St. James Church. He was appointed chaplain and assistant principal of Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington in 2005.

He has been the Catholic chaplain of Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg since 2007.

Father Horace (Tuck) Grinnell

Father Tuck Grinnell will become pastor of St. Peter Church in Washington, Va.

He was born Aug. 12, 1947, in Charlottesville to Thomas and Ruth Grinnell. He attended Holy Comforter School in Charlottesville and graduated from Benedictine High School in Richmond in 1965. He attended St. Mary's College Seminary near Catonsville, Md., from which he graduated in 1970. He graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, in 1973.

Father Grinnell was ordained May 4, 1974, by then-Auxiliary Richmond Bishop Walter F. Sullivan. He served as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Arlington, 1974-77; St. Louis Church in Alexandria, 1977-80; St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington, 1980-84; and St. Mark Church in Vienna, 1984-86. He served as pastor of St. Charles, 1986-94; pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Falls Church, 1994-2010; and as pastor of St. Charles, 2010-14.

Father Christopher D. Murphy

Father Christopher D. Murphy will become pastor of St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Middleburg and the Mission Church of St. Katharine Drexel in Bull Run.

He was born April 19, 1969, in Washington to John and Maryann Murphy. He was baptized at St. Agnes Church in Arlington and attended St. John the Beloved School in McLean.

After graduating from Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School in Arlington, he completed two years at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond before entering St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia.

He completed his studies at St. Charles in 1992 and went to Rome for theology studies at the Pontifical North American College. He was ordained to the diaconate October 5, 1995, in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome by Cardinal Edward Cassidy, then-president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. He served his diaconate year at the U.S. military base in Naples, Italy.

Father Murphy was ordained to the priesthood May 18, 1996, by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. He served as parochial vicar of St. Mary Church in Alexandria, 1996-2000; St. John the Evangelist Church in Warrenton, 2000-04; and at both San Francisco De Asís and San José parishes at the diocesan mission in Bànica and Pedro Santana, 2004-11. In 2011, he was named pastor of St. Peter Church in Washington, Va.

Father Donald J. Planty Jr.

Father Donald J. Planty Jr. will become pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington.

He was born 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. He graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., with a master's degree in divinity and theology in 1993.

He was ordained a priest May 15, 1993, by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. 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.

Father Planty served as parochial vicar of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington, 1993-95, and parochial vicar and director of religious education at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 1995-96.

From 1996 to 2000, he studied at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome to prepare for the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See. At the same time he received a doctorate of canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He served as deputy head of missions for the apostolic nunciature in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2000-02.

Father Planty returned to the Arlington Diocese in 2003 when he was appointed parochial vicar and director of religious education of Holy Family Church in Dale City. He was appointed administrator in June 2005 and pastor in 2007. Father Planty was appointed chaplain of Christendom College in Front Royal in 2010. He is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.

Father Marcus A. Pollard

Father Marcus A. Pollard will become pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Falls Church.

He was born in Frankfurt, West Germany, Dec. 22, 1962, to David and Ilse Pollard. He has three brothers, including Father Christopher Pollard, who currently serves as pastor of St. John the Beloved Church in McLean.

He attended public school in Fairfax County, graduating from Oakton High School in Vienna in 1981. Father Pollard received a bachelor's degree from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., then continued his theological studies at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. His diaconate assignment was at St. Luke Parish in McLean.

He was ordained by Bishop John R. Keating May 19, 1990, and was named parochial vicar of Holy Family Church in Dale City. Father Pollard served as parochial vicar of St. John the Evangelist Church in Warrenton, June 1994-96; and St. Louis Church in Alexandria, 1996-99. He was named administrator of the newly-formed St. Veronica Church in Chantilly in 1999. He served as pastor of St. Veronica until 2007. From 2007 until 2011, he served as parochial vicar of St. Bernadette Church in Springfield, and then served as parochial vicar at St. John the Apostle in Leesburg from June 2011 until October 2011. From 2011 until 2012, Father Pollard served as administrator of Queen of Apostles Church in Alexandria. He served as parochial vicar of St. Mary Church in Alexandria from 2012 until the present.

Father Pollard has been a spiritual director in the Legion of Mary. He spearheaded evangelization efforts for the diocese as chairman of the Evangelization Committee of the Priests' Council.

He wrote a series of articles for the Catholic Herald in 1999 on evangelization, leading to the diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington that year.

Father Lee R. Roos

Father Lee R. Roos will become pastor of All Saints Church in Manassas.

He was born March 1, 1953, one of eight children of Robert and Rose Marie Roos of Wexford, Pa.

A graduate of St. Sebastian School and North Allegheny High School, both in Pittsburgh, he earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1975. After college, he moved to Fairfax and worked for 10 years as a computer systems analyst in McLean and Alexandria.

He entered the pre-theology program at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, earning a master's of divinity, and was ordained a deacon in 1989.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating May 19, 1990, at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington.

His first assignment was as parochial vicar of St. Bernadette Church in Springfield. In 1992, he was assigned part time to the diocesan Tribunal. In 1993, he began part-time studies in canon law at Catholic University in Washington. At that time, he moved to the Cathedral of St. Thomas More while continuing at the Tribunal. In 1995, Father Roos pursued canon law studies full time while in residence at St. Luke Church in McLean. Upon earning a licentiate in canon law in 1996, he was assigned full time to the Tribunal.

At various times, he has held office as auditor, defender of the bond and judge. In 1999, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde appointed him an adjutant judical vicar. In addition to serving on the Tribunal, Father Roos has worked in the diocesan Information Services Office as supervisor.

Father Roos was in residence at St. Michael Church in Annandale from 2000 until 2003, when he was named parish administrator of St. Agnes Church in Arlington. He has served as pastor there since 2005.

Father William B. Schardt

Father William B. Schardt will become pastor of St. Thomas à Becket Church in Reston.

He was born May 16, 1949, in El Paso, Texas, the son of Bruton B. and Florence (Pat) Schardt. He graduated from Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington in 1967, Ohio State University in Columbus in 1971 and Catholic University in Washington in 1975. He was ordained a priest Nov. 29, 1975, by Arlington Bishop Thomas J. Welsh.

He served as associate pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington, 1975-78; St. Michael Church in Annandale, 1978-79; St. Mark Church in Vienna, 1979-82; and St. Ambrose Church in Annandale, 1982-83. He was in residence at St. Rita Church in Alexandria, 1983-84; and St. Philip Church in Falls Church, 1984-85. He served as associate pastor of St. Mark Church, 1985-89.

Father Schardt was appointed pastor of St. Ann Church in Arlington in 1989. In 2005, he was appointed pastor of St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Middleburg, where he has served for the past nine years.

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