Meet the new pastors, administrators

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Following are biograhpies of the new pastors and administrators recently appointed by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde:

Father Thomas P. Ferguson, newly appointed pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Alexandria, was born in Woodside, N.Y., on May 27, 1966, one of six children. After attending elementary school in Woodside, his family moved to Alexandria, where he graduated from Bishop Ireton High School in 1984.

After graduating from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in 1987, he earned a master's in 1989 and a doctorate in 1991, both from the University of Virginia. He then entered Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., for theological studies. His diaconate assignment was at St. Mary Parish in Alexandria.

Father Ferguson was ordained to the priesthood by the late Arlington Bishop John R. Keating on May 21, 1994. He served at St. Bernadette Parish in Springfield, 1994-96.

From 1996 to 1998, Father Ferguson completed studies in canon law at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. He was appointed in 1998 to the diocesan Tribunal while also serving at St. Luke Parish in McLean.

In 2002, Father Ferguson was named administrator of St. Bernadette Parish, where he served until 2006, when he was appointed pastor of St. Thomas à Becket Parish in Reston. He was named a judge on the Tribunal in 2004. In 2008, he was appointed episcopal vicar for faith formation and director of the Diaconal Formation Program, with residence at St. Ann Church in Arlington.

Father Ferguson was appointed parochial administrator of Good Shepherd in May, and as pastor, he will continue serving as episcopal vicar for faith formation, diocesan judge and director of the Diaconate Formation Program.

He has served on diocesan committees, including the Ecumenical Committee and the committee for the diocesan 25th anniversary celebration. He served for many years as secretary of the Presbyteral Council.

Father Ferguson wrote a four-part series on the history of the Church in Northern Virginia, which was published in the Catholic Herald in the summer of 1999. He is also the author of Catholic and American: The Political Theology of John Courtney Murray, published by Sheed and Ward in 1994.

Father Paul M. Grankauskas, newly appointed parochial administrator of St. Thomas à Beckett Parish in Reston, was born April 20, 1970, in Pittsburgh. The son of Mary and the late Carl Grankauskas, he has four siblings.

After completing high school in Pittsburgh, Father Grankauskas came to Arlington to study English, philosophy and theology at Marymount University, where he graduated in 1992. Before entering Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., Father Grankauskas worked as an intern and staff writer for the Catholic Herald.

He was ordained to the diaconate in 1999 and spent his diaconate assignment at St. Mark Church in Vienna. He was ordained to the priesthood June 10, 2000, by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington.

Father Grankauskas served as parochial vicar of All Saints Parish in Manassas from 2000 to 2003, before being transferred to St. Mary of Sorrows Parish in Fairfax, where he served as parochial vicar until 2007. He has been parochial vicar of St. Ann Parish in Arlington since 2007.

Father James C. Hudgins, newly appointed parochial administrator of St. Jude Parish in Fredericksburg, was born May 11, 1970, in Clayton, Mo., and moved to Arlington 10 years later. He attended St. Agnes School and Bishop O'Connell High School, both in Arlington. In 1992, he earned a bachelor's in history from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

In 1993, Father Hudgins began his priestly formation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa. While a seminarian, he worked and studied Spanish in Puebla, Mexico, for two summers, augmenting his 1990 study at the University of Granada in Spain.

He served at St. Leo the Great Parish in Fairfax during his diaconate year.

Father Hudgins was ordained May 16, 1998, by the late Arlington Bishop Thomas J. Welsh. His first assignment was as parochial vicar of Queen of Apostles Parish in Alexandria.

In 2002, he was appointed parochial vicar of All Saints Parish in Manassas.

Father Hudgins became the parochial vicar of St. Luke Parish in McLean in 2006. The following year, he was appointed chaplain and assistant principal of O'Connell.

Father David L. Martin, newly appointed pastor of St. Luke Parish in McLean, was born May 10, 1945, in Pittsfield, Mass., the son of Edward and Frieda Martin. After graduating from St. Joseph's Catholic Central in Pittsfield, he entered the Stigmatine novitiate.

He received a bachelor's in philosophy from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in 1969 and returned to Massachusetts to study for his master's in divinity at St. John's Seminary in Brighton. He was ordained a Stigmatine priest in 1973.

Father Martin was assigned to All Saints Parish in Manassas where he served until 1977, when he was reassigned to Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Milford, Mass.

Father Martin was assigned to the Espousal Conference Center in Waltham, Mass., in 1978, where he served as community superior and director of the youth and divorced/separated/widows and widowers program. He served as Stigmatine novice director and professed students director at St. Joseph's College Seminary, Mountain View, Calif., 1981-85.

During his time in California, Father Martin received master's in counseling from Santa Clara University and applied spirituality from the University of San Francisco.

Father Martin was incardinated into the Arlington Diocese Feb. 15, 1991. His diocesan assignments have included: St. Mary Parish, Fredericksburg, 1987-88; St. John the Evangelist, Warrenton, 1988-89; St. Anthony of Padua, Falls Church, 1989-93; Church of the Nativity, Burke, 1993-95; St. John Parish, Orange, from 1995 until the parish combined with St. Mark in Gordonsville in 2002 to form St. Isidore the Farmer Parish.

Father Martin was appointed administrator of St. Jude Mission in 2003 when it was established. He was made pastor when the mission was elevated to a parish in 2007.

Father Christopher D. Murphy, newly appointed pastor of St. Peter Parish in Washington, Va., was born April 19, 1969, in Washington, D.C., to John and Maryann Murphy.

After graduating from Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Father Murphy 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 North American College. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1995 in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome by Cardinal Edward Cassidy, then-president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. His diaconate assignment was at St. Mark Parish in Vienna.

He was ordained to the priesthood May 18, 1996, by the late Arlington Bishop John R. Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. He served as parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish in Alexandria from 1996 to 2000 and St. John the Evangelist Parish in Warrenton from 2000 to 2004.

He has been serving as parochial vicar of both San Francisco De Asís and San José parishes at the diocesan mission in Bànica and Pedro Santana located on the Haitian border in the Dominican Republic since 2004.

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