Priests in Diocese to Celebrate Jubilees

Seven priests in the Arlington Diocese are celebrating jubilee anniversaries this year, marking 25, 50 or 65 years of ordained ministry in the Church. Twelve other priests are celebrating anniversaries of 30, 35, 40 and 45 years. Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde will be celebrant and homilist for a Jubilee Mass for priests on Tuesday, May 14, at Christ the Redeemer Church in Sterling at 11 a.m. For information, call the Chancery at 703/841-2767. 65th Anniversary Msgr. THOMAS P. SCANNELL Msgr. Thomas P. Scannell celebrated the 65th anniversary of his 1937 ordination on March 19 with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Agnes Parish in Arlington, where he resides. Msgr. Scannell was born on Sept. 19, 1910, in Brooklyn, N.Y., one of seven children of Daniel and Anna Scannell. He attended Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., on a football scholarship. Through his meeting at Holy Cross with Louis Flaherty, later bishop of Richmond, Msgr. Scannell began to consider a vocation to the priesthood. Msgr. Scannell attended the North American College in Rome, where he was ordained on March 19, 1937. His first assignment was as assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk from 1937-1941. In 1941, Msgr. Scannell moved to St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington. He served there until he became a World War II Army chaplain, serving in England until 1946. After the war, Msgr. Scannell returned to St. Charles as assistant pastor from 1946-1951. His first pastorate was at St. Mary of Sorrows Parish in Fairfax Station from 1951-1953. During this time, he founded Catholic Charities of Northern Virginia and served as its director for five years. As founding pastor of St. Michael Parish in Annandale, where he served from 1953-1986, Msgr. Scannell oversaw the building of the parish church and school. After retiring in 1986, Msgr. Scannell lived at St. Luke Parish in McLean until moving to St. Agnes in 1993, where he is currently in residence. 50th Anniversary Fr. LOUIS J. GAGNARD Father Louis John Gagnard, a retired priest residing in the Diocese of Arlington, was born May 20, 1921 in Hessmer, La. He attended Hessmer elementary and high schools and graduated from Southwestern Louisiana Institute with a bachelor’s degree in 1942. He earned his first master’s degree from Louisiana State University in 1946. He studied at Theological College in Washington from 1948-1952, and received his second bachelor’s degree from Catholic University in 1948 and his second master’s from Catholic University in 1970. Father Gagnard was ordained May 10, 1952 in Alexandria. He celebrated his first Mass on May 12. 1952 at St. Alphonse in Hessmer, La. He was then associate pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna in Shreveport, La. from 1952-1955. Over the next 20 years, he served as chancellor, retreat director, high school faculty, secretary to the Matrimonial Court and hospital chaplain in his diocese. He was pastor of Immaculate Heart Church in Louisiann from 1979-1991. In June 1991, Father Gagnard retired at age 70 to the Diocese of Arlington. FR. AIDAN MULLANEY Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance Father Aidan Mullaney will celebrate his 50th anniversary as a priest on May 24, 2002. Father Mullaney was born in Twekesbury, Mass., on Nov. 21, 1925. He enter the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Loretto, Pa. on Jun. 19, 1944, and took his first vows there on Jan. 15, 1946. He took his solemn vows at Mt. Assisi Friary in Loretto on Jan. 15, 1949 and was also later ordained a deacon there. At the Cathedral of Blessed Sacrament in Altoona, Pa., he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Richard Guilfoyle on May 24, 1952. Father Mullaney earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at St. Francis College in Loretto in 1949, and studied theology at St. Francis Seminary in Loretto for his ordination from 1948-1952. He received a licentiate of sacred theology at Catholic University in Washington in 1953 and a doctorate of the same degree at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1955. He was conferred an honorary degree in sacred theology by his religious order in 1998. His ministerial history includes being on faculty at the institutions of: St. Francis Seminary for six months in 1956 and from 1962-1970; at St. Thomas More High School in Philadelphia for the academic year of 1956-1957; and at St. Francis College for the academic years of 1957-1962. He served in parochial ministry for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for several months in 1970 and on faculty at St. John Vianney Seminary in Ohio for the academic years of 1970-1972. He took leave at the Trappist community in Monks Corner, S. C. for the following academic year. A member of the Franciscan Community in Code, Ala. from late 1973-early 1974, he was then director of the Franciscan Center (now called the Sacred Heart Friary) in White Post, Va. from 1974-1978 and a member of the Portiuncula Friary in Boston, Va. for two years from 1978-1979. He served as chaplain at the Veteran’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for most of 1980 and at the Sisters of Charity community in Carrolton, Ohio, from late 1980 to mid-1981. On staff at Sts. Cosmas and Damian in Rome from late-1981 through most of 1989, Father Mullaney was also concurrently general councilor there beginning in late-1983. He was on staff at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio for the academic year 1989-90, then took a four-month sabbatical at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and returned to Franciscan University until mid-1997. During the academic year 1997-98 he was on staff at Franciscan University’s Austria Campus. He served as assistant novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Loretto from mid-1998-March 2000, at which time he began his current assignment as local minister of Sacred Heart Friary in White Post, Va. 45th Anniversary Msgr. THOMAS J. CASSIDY Ordained Sept. 26, 1957, Msgr. Thomas J. Cassidy will celebrate 45 years as a priest this year. He is currently the pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Purcellville. Fr. MICHAEL DANIEL Franciscan Friars of the Atonement Father Michael Daniel, in residence at Christ the Redeemer in Sterling, celebrates 45 years since his ordination this June. He was ordained on June 11, 1957. 40th Anniversary Msgr. JAMES W. McMURTRIE Msgr. James W. McMurtrie, pastor of St. Theresa Parish in Ashburn, celebrates 40 years as a priest this month. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 1962. 35th Anniversary Fr. CLARENCE N. WATKINS Fr. Clarence N. Watkins, who is now retired, was ordained to the priesthood on May 13, 1967 and celebrates his 35th anniversary this year. Fr. ROBERT A. BROWN Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Father Robert A. Brown, ordained Oct. 21, 1967, will celebrate 35 years as a priest later this year. He is currently pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in Reston. 30th Anniversary Fr. DANIEL E. HAMILTON Father Daniel E. Hamilton was ordained May 13, 1972 and is celebrating 30 years in the priesthood. He is currently the pastor of St. Mary Parish in Fredericksburg. Fr. VINCENT COLLINS Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance Father Vincent Collins, ordained May 5, 1972, recently marked 30 years as a priest. He is living at the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Cross in Berryville. Fr. JOSEPH GIORDANO Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Father Joseph Giordano will have been a priest for 30 years when he celebrates his anniversary May 27. He was ordained in 1972. Currently, he is rector and director of promotion of the Congregation the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Fr. JOHN GRINNEN Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance Father John Grinnen was ordained May 6, 1972 and has been a priest for 30 years. He is at Sacred Heart Friary in White Post, Va. Fr. C. DONALD HOWARD Franciscan Friars of the Atonement Father C. Donald Howard, currently pastor of Christ the Redeemer Parish in Sterling, celebrates 30 years in the priesthood June 3. He was ordained in 1972. Fr. ANTHONY J. MASTROENI Fr. Anthony J. Mastroeni is the chaplain of Christendom College in Front Royal, where he is also a theology professor. Ordained in 1972, he celebrates 30 years as a priest May 27. Fr. ROBERT J. MENARD Franciscan Father Robert J. Menard, parochial vicar at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle, was ordained Sept. 13, 1972, and is celebrating 30 years in the priesthood. 25th Anniversary Fr. JEROME W. FASANO Father Jerome W. Fasano, pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Clifton, recently marked 25 years as a priest. Born to Julius and Yolanda Fasano, in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 14, 1949, Father Fasano attended Brooklyn Public School and then received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Stephen’s in Dover, Mass. He attended seminary at Immaculate Conception in Huntington, N.Y, where he earned a master’s degree and graduated in 1975. He was ordained May 7, 1977, by Bishop Thomas J. Welsh. Father Fasano’s deaconate assignment was at St. Ambrose in Annandale. After his ordination, he was associate pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Winchester. From 1979-1985 he was associate pastor of St. Michael Pariah in Annandale. From 1985-1989 he was associate pastor of St. John Parish in McLean. Father Fasano was pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Great Falls from 1989 until 1997, when he became pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish. Fr. STEPHEN ROSZEL Father Stephen Roszel was born in Nashua, N.H., on Oct. 6, 1951, one of eight children of Joseph Richard and Rita Eileen (Gagnon) Roszel. He attended grammar school at St. James in Falls Church and graduated high school from St. John Vianney Seminary in Richmond in 1969. He attended college at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Md., graduating in 1973. Father Roszel attended theological seminary at American College of University of Louvain, Belgium, where he received his graduate degree in 1976. He was ordained to the priesthood by Arlington Founding Bishop Thomas J. Welsh on July 9, 1977. After his ordination, Father Roszel was assigned to St. Ann Church in Arlington until May 1980, when he moved to Our Lady of Lourdes in Arlington. He remained in residence at Our Lady of Lourdes while taking a semester of canon law studies at Catholic University. From January through May 1981, Father Roszel was associate pastor of St. Mary Church in Alexandria. He was then associate pastor of St. Philip in Falls Church until 1984, when he became associate pastor of Blessed Sacrament in Alexandria until 1988. For the next year, Father Roszel resumed graduate studies at Catholic University, where he received a degree in canon law in 1990. He was also assistant director of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during this time. Father Roszel became pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Alexandria in 1990. Currently, he is in residence at St. Rita Parish in Alexandria. Fr. JOSEPH MUKUI KIMATTA Father Joseph Mukui Kimatta was born in the Kiambu District, Kenya, on May 26, 1949. Father Mukui was ordained to the priesthood on Aug. 14, 1977, by Archdiocese of Nairobi Cardinal Michael Maurice Otunga. He is a priest of that diocese. Father Mukui is currently in residence at Queen of Apostles Parish in Alexandria while studying at the John Paul II Institute. He was granted faculties in the Diocese of Arlington in Nov. 1991. Fr. JOSEPH A. SALAZAR Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles Father Joseph A. Salazar was born Jan. 12, 1937 to Alfonso Salazar-Toledo and Encarnacion Solis-Realposo, who emigrated from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico to New York in the mid-1920s. He graduated from Rhodes Evening High School in New York City. After studying at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt Calvary, Wis.; St. Fidelis Friary and Novitiate in Huntington, Ind.; and Capuchin-Franciscan Seminary of St. Mary in Crown Point, Ind. (where he majored in philosophy and minored in education), he received a bachelor’s in philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn. in 1972. He attended graduate studies for a master’s degree in theology at Oblate College in Washington from 1972-1976. Father Salazar was ordained by Norwich Bishop Daniel P. Reilly on March 27, 1977 in Cromwell, Conn. He then studied for his Master of Divinity degree at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, which he received in 1982. During his time there, he was the resident dean of students and director of seminarians. From 1980-1989, Father Salazar was pastor of St. Michael Parish and School in New Haven, Conn. He was then novice master at the Novitiate of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles in Lynn Haven, Fla. during 1989. Father Salazar was chaplain in the Department of Pastoral Care of the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons 1989- 1992. From 1992-1998, he was pastor of Our Lady of Grace Pariah in Romney, W.Va. Father Salazar has done extensive pastoral and teaching work in retreats and in prison and Hispanic ministries. He is a chaplain member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre Mid-Atlantic Lieutenancy in Washington. Currently, Father Salazar is in residence at St. John Bosco in Woodstock, where he ministers to the Hispanic population there and at Precious Blood in Culpeper, and Our Lady of the Valley in Luray. He is also the associate vocation director for his order.

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