Who's your new pastor?

With the announcement of new clergy assignments last week by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde, including nine new pastors and administrators, new faces will be popping up everywhere from Alexandria to Dale City to Front Royal.


Read below to find out who's going where, and to get a little background information on your new parish priest.

The changes will go into effect July 7, 2010, except where noted.

Who? Father Gerry Creedon

Where was he? St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington

Where's he going? Holy Family Parish in Dale City

Full bio: Father Gerard (Gerry) Creedon, newly appointed pastor of Holy Family Parish in Dale City, was born in County Cork, Ireland, on Feb. 16, 1944, to John J. and Margaret Creedon.

After attending Redemptorist College in Limerick, from where he graduated in 1961, Father Creedon attended University College and All Hallows Seminary, both in Dublin. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Richmond by the late Bishop Joseph B. Houlihan in June 1968.

Father Creedon served as parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Alexandria, 1968-75; St. Luke Parish in McLean, 1975-78; St. Agnes Parish in Arlington, 1978-79. He served as pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Alexandria, 1979-91.

In 1981, while pastor of Good Shepherd, Father Creedon was appointed director of diocesan Catholic Charities, a position that he held until 1988. In 1991, he moved to Bánica, Dominican Republic, where he helped found the diocesan mission, 1991-95.

In 1995, Father Creedon returned to the United States and became pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington, where he spent the next 15 years. He developed the Peace and Justice Commission in 2002, for which he serves as chair.

Who? Father John C. De Celles

Where was he? St. Mary Parish in Alexandria

Where's he going? St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish in Springfield

Full bio: Father John C. De Celles, newly appointed parochial administrator of St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish in Springfield, was born Aug. 19, 1960, in San Antonio, one of five children. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1978 and from the University of Texas, San Antonio, in 1981 with a bachelor's in accounting. He received a post-graduate degree in accounting from the University of Texas in 1984. Prior to entering the seminary, he worked as a certified public accountant in his own accounting firm.

Father De Celles entered Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., in 1991 and was ordained to the diaconate on May 27, 1995. He served his diaconate year at St. Timothy Parish in Chantilly.

Father De Celles was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 1996, by the late Arlington Bishop John R. Keating. He served as parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Alexandria, 1996-99; St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Clifton, 1999-2002; St. Michael Parish in Annandale, 2002-06; and St. James Parish in Falls Church, 2006-07. He was named parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish in Alexandria in 2007, where he served for the last three years.

Who? Father Denis M. Donahue

Where was he? St. Rita Parish in Alexandria

Where's he going? St. Philip Parish in Falls Church

Full bio: Father Denis M. Donahue, newly appointed pastor of St. Philip Parish in Falls Church, was born Nov. 13, 1962, in South Pasedena, Calif., one of five sons of Francis and Mary Donahue. He attended Catholic elementary and high school in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, graduating in 1984. He also took courses at Christendom College in Front Royal before entering Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.

Father Donahue was ordained by the late Arlington Bishop John R. Keating in 1990. Before his priestly ordination, he served as an acolyte at St. Patrick Parish in Fredericksburg during the summer of 1988; during his diaconate year he served at St. Timothy Parish in Chantilly.

Father Donahue was parochial vicar of St. Agnes Parish in Arlington, 1990-94; St. Louis Parish in Alexandria; 1994-96; and St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Falls Church, 1996-2000. In 2000, he was appointed pastor of St. Rita Parish in Alexandria, where he served for the last 10 years.

Who? Father Paul M. Eversole

Where was he? Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge

Where's he going? St. Matthew Parish in Spotsylvania

Full bio: Father Paul M. Eversole, newly appointed pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Spotsylvania, was born Nov. 14, 1964, in Hampton, Va., one of three children of Clark and Kim Eversole.

Father Eversole 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 Wynnewood, Pa., in 1990. After attending the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 1991-95, Father Eversole was ordained by the late Arlington Bishop John R. Keating on May 20, 1995.

Father Eversole served as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge, 1995-99, and All Saints Parish in Manassas, 1999-2000. He worked as associate rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., 2000-01. In 2001, he was appointed parochial vicar of St. William of York Parish in Stafford, where he served until 2005. He was named administrator of Our Lady of Angels in 2005, and in 2007 he became pastor.

Who? Father Daniel M. Gee

Where was he? Christendom College in Front Royal

Where's he going? St. Rita Parish in Alexandria

Full bio: Father Daniel N. Gee,newly appointed pastor of St. Rita Parish in Alexandria, was born Dec. 19, 1967, in Portsmouth, Va., one of four children of Rear Adm. and Mrs. George Nicholas Gee of Key West, Fla.

Raised in a military family, Father Gee attended W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax before graduating from Coronado High School in Coronado, Calif., in 1986.

Father Gee studied at the University of Oregon, where he majored in Spanish, then entered the collegiate level of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., in 1989. He was ordained in 1995 after spending his diaconate year at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington.

Father Gee served as parochial vicar of All Saints Parish in Manassas, 1995-99, and Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge, 1999-2003.

In 2003, Father Gee was assigned to serve at the diocesan mission in Bánica, Dominican Republic. After five years as a missionary, he returned to Virginia in 2008 to serve as chaplain of Christendom College in Front Royal.

Who? Father James R. Gould

Where was he? St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish in Springfield

Where's he going? St. John the Evangelist Parish in Warrenton

Full bio: Father James R. Gould, newly appointed pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Warrenton, was born on July 5, 1955, in Memphis, Tenn., to James and Alice Gould. One of nine children, he grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended Sacred Heart School and Dowling High School in West Des Moines. He attended Niagara University in New York, N. Y., and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.

As a seminarian, he was vice-director of Christ House in Alexandria in 1978 and director of St. Martin de Porres Senior Center in Alexandria in the summer of 1978.

Ordained on May 9, 1981, by the late Arlington Bishop Thomas J. Welsh, Father Gould was parochial vicar of Holy Spirit Parish in Annandale, 1981-84, and St. John the Beloved Parish in McLean, 1984-85. While serving as diocesan director of vocations from 1985-2000, Father Gould was in residence at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, 1985-88; St. Ann Parish in Arlington, 1988-92; and St. John, 1992-93. He was pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Arlington from 1993-2000. He served as pastor of St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish in Springfield for the last 10 years.

Who? Father Horace (Tuck) Grinnell

Where was he? St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Falls Church

Where's he going? St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington

Full bio: Father Horace (Tuck) Grinnell, newly appointed pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington, was born on 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 where he graduated in 1970. He graduated from the University of Louvain, Belgium, in 1973.

Father Grinnell was ordained on May 4, 1974, by then-Auxiliary Richmond Bishop Walter F. Sullivan. He served as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Arlington, 1974-77; St. Louis Parish in Alexandria, 1977-80; St. Charles, 1980-84; and St. Mark Parish in Vienna, 1984-86. He served as pastor of St. Charles, 1986-95, and has been the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Falls Church since 1995.

Who? Father J. Kevin O'Keefe

Where was he? Church of the Nativity in Burke

Where's he going? Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge

Full bio: Father J. Kevin O'Keefe, newly appointed parochial administrator of Our Lady of Angels Parish in Woodbridge, was born Aug. 11, 1962, in East Orange, N.J., one of three children. He graduated from Butler High School, Butler, N.J., and from the Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., in 1984 with a bachelor's in marine engineering.

Prior to entering the seminary, Father O'Keefe served as a reservist in the Merchant Marine and worked as a Defense Department contractor and a mechanical engineer for the Navy.

He entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., in 1991 and was ordained to the diaconate on May 28, 1994. He served his diaconate year at Holy Spirit Parish in Annandale and was ordained to the priesthood on May 20, 1995, by the late Arlington Bishop John R. Keating.

He served as parochial vicar of Queen of Apostles Parish in Alexandria, 1995-97, and St. James Parish in Falls Church, 1997-2001. He was appointed parochial vicar of Church of the Nativity in Burke in 2001, where he served for nine years.

Who? Father Kevin B. Walsh

Where was he? St. Philip Parish in Falls Church

Where's he going? St. Anthony of Padua Church in Falls Church

Full bio: Father Kevin B. Walsh, newly appointed pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Falls Church, was born Feb. 2, 1962, in Detroit. 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., Father Walsh was ordained by the late Arlington Bishop John R. Keating on May 16, 1992. His diaconate year was at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington.

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

Father Walsh served as chaplain of Marymount University in Arlington, 2000-02, while in residence at St. James. He served as parochial administrator of St. Philip Parish in Falls Church, 2002-04, and was appointed pastor in 2004. Father Walsh served as pastor of St. Philip for the last six years, taking a three-month sabbatical to Vietnam in 2008.

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