Meet the pastors

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Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde announced the highly anticipated clergy appointments June 11 ( see complete list), which includes seven new pastors and the departure of Missionhurst priests from Precious Blood Church in Culpeper after 70 years of service to the community.

Father Kevin B. Walsh will become pastor of Precious Blood July 13, replacing Missionhurst Father Anselme Malonda Nkuanga, who will begin service outside the diocese. Father Walsh will be assisted by Father Mark E. Moretti as parochial vicar.

Missionhurst priests have staffed Precious Blood since it became an independent parish in 1946.

Oblate of St. Francis de Sales Father Joseph T. Brennan is coming from service outside the Arlington Diocese to become pastor of St. John Neumann Church in Reston, replacing Oblate of St. Francis de Sales Father Thomas E. Murphy.

Father Peter W. Nassetta is leaving George Mason University Catholic Campus Ministry in Fairfax after 16 years for full-time service with the Youth Apostles Institute. He will take over as chaplain at James Madison University in Harrisonburg in August. Father James R. Searby will replace Father Nassetta as George Mason's Catholic chaplain.

Father Jason C. Burchell has been called to active duty service with the U.S. Navy. He is waiting for final approval to serve as chaplain on the USS Reagan.

The two newly ordained priests - Fathers Colin P. Davis and Joseph M. Rampino - have been assigned as parochial vicars of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Fredericksburg and Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria, respectively.

Following are brief biographies of the seven new pastors. The new appointments are effective e June 29 unless otherwise noted.

Fr. Joseph T. Brennan, O.S.F.S.

Oblate of St. Francis de Sales Father Joseph T. Brennan will become pastor of St. John Neumann Church in Reston. Father Brennan was born July 2, 1961. He made his first profession Aug. 8, 1992, and his perpetual profession Jan. 1, 1997.

He was ordained at St. John Neumann Church June 13, 1998, and served two stints as parochial vicar there, from 1998 to 2003, and then again from 2011 to 2013. He also served as chaplain at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria from 2003 to 2005.

In addition to his time in Arlington, Father Brennan served as parochial vicar of Immaculate Conception Church in Wilmington, N.C., from 2005 to 2007; as pastor of Immaculate Conception Church from 2007 to 2008; as pastor of Holy Infant Church in Durham, N.C., from 2008 to 2011; and as pastor of Christ Our King Church in Wilmington, Del., from 2013 until the present.

Fr. Alexander R. Drummond

Father Alexander R. Drummond will become pastor of St. Michael Church in Annandale. Father Drummond was born Oct. 20, 1957, in Chamblay, France, one of three children of Charles and Christa Drummond. He attended T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, and earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the Schiller International University in Germany and France in 1980. He earned a master's 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.

He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., where he earned a master of divinity degree. He graduated in 1994, and was ordained by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington May 21, 1994.

He served as parochial vicar of St. Timothy Church in Chantilly, 1994-98; St. Michael Church in Annandale, 1998-2002; Good Shepherd Church in Alexandria, 2002-05; and St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Great Falls, 2005-2007.

Father Drummond was named administrator of St. Catherine of Sienna in 2005 and pastor in 2007.

Fr. Kevin J. Larsen

Father Kevin J. Larsen will become pastor of St. John the Apostle Church in Leesburg.

He was born Oct. 13, 1966, one of five children of Kristian J. and Eileen T. Larsen.

Father Larsen grew up in McLean attending St. John the Beloved Church. He attended Lewinsville Elementary, Longfellow Intermediate in McLean and graduated from McLean High School in 1985. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.

Father Larsen spent his diaconate assignment at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Falls Church and was ordained by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington May 15, 1993.

Father Larsen served as parochial vicar of St. Bernadette Church in Springfield, 1993-97, and at the Church of the Nativity in Burke, 1997-2001. He served as administrator and pastor of St. Thomas à Becket Church in Reston, 2001-03.

In 2003, Father Larsen was appointed pastor of St. Bernadette Church in Springfield.

Fr. John P. Mosimann

Father John P. Mosimann will become pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Fredericksburg.

Father Mosimann was born July 14, 1967, in Rockville, Md., one of eight children of Barbara and James Mosimann.

He attended T.S. Wootton High School in Rockville, graduating in 1985. He graduated from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, with a degree in physics in 1989. He went on to study philosophy and theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and later pursued a graduate degree in physics at the University of Maryland. He then volunteered for a year of missionary service in Mexico.

In 1993, he entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., where he earned master's degrees in divinity and moral theology. As a deacon he served at Our Lady of Angels Church in Woodbridge. He was ordained by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating May 17, 1997, at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington.

He served as parochial vicar of St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax, 1997-2000; All Saints Church in Manassas, 2000-04; and St. John the Apostle Church in Leesburg in 2004. In October 2004, he was named temporary administrator of St. John the Apostle. He was appointed administrator in June 2005 and pastor in 2007.

Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky

Father Jerry J. Pokorsky will become pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Great Falls. Father Pokorsky was born in 1954, in Manitowoc, Wis., one of four children of James and Phyllis Pokorsky.

He attended St. Mary School and graduated from Roncalli High School, both in Manitowoc. After graduating from Marquette University and Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg,Md., he was ordained by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington May 19, 1990. He spent his diaconate assignment at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax.

Father Pokorsky was parochial vicar of St. Ann Church in Arlington, 1990-94; St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Clifton, 1994-95; and Holy Spirit Church in Annandale, 1995-99 He was named administrator of St. Peter Mission in Washington, Va., in 1999. Father Pokorsky was assigned to duty as the fiscal officer in the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., 2003-06. He served as parochial vicar of St. Lawrence Church in Alexandria, 2006-08.

In 2008, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde appointed him pastor of St. Michael Church in Annandale.

Father Pokorsky was co-founder of the Adoremus Society, and was a contributor to the Adoremus Hymnal, which promotes liturgical renewal. He also is a former Gospel commentator for the Catholic Herald.

Fr. Donal J. Rooney

Father Donald J. Rooney will become pastor of St. Bernadette Church in Springfield.

Father Rooney was born in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 17, 1961, one of four children of W. Donald and Marie Rooney.

He attended schools in Kansas City, Mo., and Louisburg, Kan. After receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, in 1983, he spent several years as owner of an advertising and design firm in Dallas. In 1989, he entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.

Father Rooney was ordained by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating May 21, 1994, at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington after his diaconate year at St. Timothy Church in Chantilly.

His first priestly assignment was as parochial vicar of All Saints Church in Manassas, where he served from 1994 to 1996. In 1996, he was assigned to the diocesan mission parish of San Francisco de Asís in Bánica, Dominican Republic. After serving in Bánica for two years, he was appointed parochial vicar of St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax in 1998. In 2002, Father Rooney was named administrator of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Fredericksburg, and he was appointed pastor in 2004.

Father Rooney is director of the diocesan Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and recently finished two terms as president of the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers.

Along with interests in art and architecture, Father Rooney is an accomplished painter.

Fr. Kevin B. Walsh

Father Kevin B. Walsh will become pastor of Precious Blood Church in Culpeper July 13.

Father Walsh was born Feb. 2, 1962, in Detroit, one of eight children of Michael and Joann Walsh.

He attended Catholic schools in Warren and Madison Heights, Mich., and graduated in 1987 from Christendom College in Front Royal.

After receiving his priestly formation at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., he was ordained by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating May 16, 1992, at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. His diaconate year was at the cathedral.

Father Walsh was parochial vicar of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Falls Church, 1992-96; St. Rita Church in Alexandria, 1996-98; and St. James Church in Falls Church, 1998-2000. He celebrated the first Spanish Mass at St. James May 1998.

Father Walsh served as chaplain of Marymount University in Arlington from 2000 to 2002 while in residence at St. James. He served as parochial administrator of St. Philip Church in Falls Church, 2002-04, and was appointed pastor in 2004. He served as pastor for six years, taking a three-month sabbatical to Vietnam in 2008. In 2010, Father Walsh was appointed pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, and then of Queen of Apostles Church in Alexandria in 2012. The next year he began full-time studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, studying for a license in sacred theology with a concentration in biblical theology.

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