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Priests mark jubilees

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Several priests in the Diocese of Arlington are celebrating ordination jubilees. 

55 Years

 

Father Philip S. Majka, retired, was born April 22, 1938, in New Britain, Conn., the son of Stanley and Helen Kulas Majka. He attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Conn., Queen of Apostles Seminary in Madison, Wis., and SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich. He was ordained May 1, 1965, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Richmond by Bishop John J. Russell.

 

He served as associate pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria (1965-67), St. Mark Church in Vienna (1967-70), Good Shepherd Church in Alexandria (1970-72), St. Michael Church in Annandale (1972-75) and St. Mary Church in Alexandria (1975-76).

 

Father Majka helped establish St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Lake Ridge in 1976. Starting in 1984, he served as pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Warrenton, where he established the parish school. In 1996, he was named pastor of St. Patrick Church in Fredericksburg. 

 

In 1999, the Polish American Priest Association honored Father Majka with a national award at its 10th annual convention. That same year, he received the Cavaliers Cross of Merit from the Polish Government in recognition of his service to the Polish-American community.

 

Starting in 2005, he served as parochial vicar of St. James Church in Falls Church until his retirement in 2012.

 

Father Majka now resides at St. Rose of Lima Priests’ Retirement Villa in Annandale and serves as the Catholic chaplain at Dulles International Airport.

 

50 Years

 

Msgr. Stanley J. Krempa, retired, was born April 21, 1945, in Buffalo, N.Y., the only child of Stanley and Charlotte Krempa. He attended Corpus Christi grammar school and Canisius High School, both in Buffalo. He studied for the priesthood at St. John Vianney Seminary in East Aurora, N.Y.

 

He was ordained Dec. 18, 1970, by Buffalo Bishop James A. McNulty. He served in parish ministry, as a high school chaplain, as an adjunct professor at St. John Vianney Seminary and on the diocesan personnel board for the Buffalo diocese.

 

He came to the Washington area in the mid-1970s to attend George Washington University Law School and began helping out at parishes in Northern Virginia. He was incardinated in the Arlington diocese in 1985.

 

He served as parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal (1985-86), St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Lake Ridge (1986-88) and St. Louis Church in Alexandria (1988-91). He was pastor of St. Mary Church in Alexandria (1991-99) and Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester (1999-2017). In 2017, he was appointed the founding pastor of the mission of St. Bridget of Ireland Church in Berryville.

 

He was named monsignor by Pope Francis in 2018 and served as a vicar forane from 2012 to 2018. He served as a member of the college of consultors, presbyteral council, land assessment committee and diocesan review board. He was a Gospel commentator for the Catholic Herald. He retired in 2018.

Father Thomas J. Lehning, pastor of St. Clare of Assisi Church in Clifton, was born Nov. 3, 1945, in Washington, to Thomas and Eileen Lehning. He attended St. James School in Falls Church, Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington and St. John Vianney Seminary in Richmond. He graduated from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore in 1967. He resided at the Pontifical North American College in Rome while attending classes at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He earned his licentiate in sacred theology in 1971. Later, he earned a doctorate in theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington.

 

Father Lehning’s diaconate assignment was with the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force in Germany.

 

He was ordained Dec. 18, 1970, by Bishop James Hickey, rector of the NAC, at St. Peter’s Basilica. He served as associate pastor of St. John the Beloved Church in McLean (1971), Star of the Sea Church in Virginia Beach (1971-73), Holy Family Church in Dale City (1973-75), St. Michael Church in Annandale (1975-79), St. Agnes Church in Arlington (1979-80). He was pastor of St. Thomas a Becket Church in Reston (1980-87), St. Francis de Sales Church in Kilmarnock (1987-95) and Sacred Heart Church in Manassas (1995-2004). 

 

From 1974 to the present, he has served on the diocesan tribunal, and has been involved in Worldwide Marriage Encounter for many years.

25 Years

 

Father Vincent P. Bork, parochial vicar of St. Rita Church in Alexandria, was born in Evansville, Ind., to Eloise and Ralph Bork. He graduated from Notre Dame University and then earned a doctorate in physics from Washington University in St. Louis. He taught at Christendom College in Front Royal before entering Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.

 

After his ordination to the priesthood in 1995, he served as parochial vicar of St. Michael Church in Annandale (1995-96), St. Agnes Church in Arlington (1996-97), St. John the Beloved Church in McLean (1997-2000), St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Colonial Beach and St. Anthony Mission in King George (2000-03), Sacred Heart Church in Manassas (2003), St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal (2003-05), St. Raymond of Peñafort Church in Springfield (2005-07) and the St. Mary Church in Alexandria (2007). He then took time to discern entering a religious order before serving as parochial vicar of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church and St. Anthony Mission in King George (2010-13). He has served as parochial vicar of St. Rita since 2013. 

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Father John J. Dolan, parochial vicar of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Vienna, was born Nov. 18, 1966, in Philadelphia to Rosemary and John Jr. Dolan. He grew up the oldest of five children in Philadelphia.

 

He graduated high school and entered the Oblates in 1984. He professed his first vows Aug. 8, 1987, and was ordained a deacon Sept. 10, 1994, by Bishop Robert E. Mulvee of the Diocese of Wilmington.

 

He was ordained to the priesthood June 3, 1995, by Bishop John Glynn, an auxiliary bishop of the U.S. Archdiocese for Military Services. He received a bachelor’s in theology from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in Center Valley, Pa., and a master’s of divinity from DeSales School of Theology in Washington. 

 

Within the diocese, he served at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria and as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Vienna (2006-08, 2014-present). Outside the diocese, he has served at an Oblate community in Bangalore, India; St. Ann Church in Naples, Fla.; and Father Judge High School in Philadelphia.

 

Father Dolan will serve at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Cape May, N.J., beginning July 1.

Father Paul M. Eversole, pastor of St. Matthew Church in Spotsylvania, was born Nov. 14, 1964, in Hampton, 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 seminary, first at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., in 1990, and then at the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 1991 to 1995. He was ordained by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating May 20, 1995.

 

Father Eversole served as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Angels Church in Woodbridge (1995-99) and All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas (1999-2000). He served as associate rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington (2000-01) and parochial vicar of St. William of York Church in Stafford (2001-05). He was named administrator of Our Lady of Angels in 2005, and in 2007 he became pastor. He was named pastor of St. Matthew in 2010.

Father Daniel N. Gee, pastor of St. Rita Church in Alexandria, was born Dec. 19, 1967, in Portsmouth, Va., one of four children of Rear Admiral and Mrs. George Nicholas Gee. 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 to the priesthood May 20, 1995.

 

Father Gee served as parochial vicar of All Saints Catholic Church 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, he returned to Virginia to serve as chaplain of Christendom College in Front Royal. He has served as pastor of St. Rita since 2010. 

Father Mark E. Moretti, parochial vicar of Christ the Redeemer Church in Sterling, was born in Washington March 28, 1958, and grew up in Alexandria, where he attended St. Rita School and Bishop Ireton High School. He earned a bachelor’s in political science from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in 1980. After a 10-year career as a special agent for the Diplomatic Security Service of the U.S. State Department, he discerned a priestly vocation and entered Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. After a diaconate year at St. Elizabeth Church in Colonial Beach, he was ordained by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating May 20,1995.

 

Father Moretti served as parochial vicar of St. Mark Church in Vienna (1995-98), St. Rita Church in Alexandria (1998-2003) and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church (2003-06). He was administrator of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (2006-08). He was pastor of St. Thomas à Becket Church in Reston (2008-11) and parochial vicar of St. John the Evangelist Church in Warrenton (2011-16). He was parochial vicar of Precious Blood Church in Culpeper (2016-18) and in 2018 was named parochial vicar of Christ the Redeemer.

 

Father Moretti has been spiritual director for several organizations in the diocese, including the Catholic Business Network, Magnificat and Prime Time Single Catholics. 

Father Richard A. Mullins, pastor of St. Thomas Apostle Church in Washington, was born May 16, 1966, to Samuel Arthur Mullins and Carmen Hernandez Mullins. He attended Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Vienna before graduating from Bishop O’Connell High School in 1984. He earned a degree in political science and history from High Point University in High Point, N.C., in 1988. He then entered Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.

 

After being ordained to the priesthood, he served as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester (1995-96), St. Michael Church in Annandale (1996-2000), St. Teresa Church in Ashburn (2000-03) and St. Rita Church in Alexandria (2003-04). While at St. Rita, he also served as associate director of the Spanish Apostolate. He was the director of the Office of Multicultural Ministries while in residence at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington (2004-09). He served as parish administrator of St. Louis Church in Alexandria (2009-12). He then served as parochial vicar of St. Francis de Sales Church in Kilmarnock with special care of St. Paul Mission in Hague (2012-13). He currently serves in the Archdiocese of Washington and as a member of the Community of St. Philip Neri, a community-in-formation for the Congregation of the Oratory. 

Father J. Kevin O'Keefe, pastor of St. Jude Church in Fredericksburg, was born Aug. 11, 1962, in East Orange, N.J., one of three children. He attended Butler High School in Butler, N.J., and graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., in 1984, with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering.

 

Prior to entering the seminary, he served as a reservist in the U.S. Naval Reserve and worked as a Defense Department contractor and a mechanical engineer for the U.S. Navy.

 

He entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., in 1990, and was ordained to the diaconate May 28, 1994. He served his diaconate year at Holy Spirit Church in Annandale and was ordained to the priesthood May 20, 1995, by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating.

 

He served as parochial vicar of Queen of Apostles Church in Alexandria (1995-97), St. James Church in Falls Church (1997-2001) and Church of the Nativity in Burke (2001-10). He was named parochial administrator at Our Lady of Angels Church in Woodbridge in 2010 and was named pastor in 2012. He was appointed pastor of St. Jude in 2020.

Father Terrence R. Staples, pastor of St. Isidore the Farmer Church in Orange, was born June 21, 1962, in Arlington. He attended Falls Church High School and Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, where he graduated in 1980 and 1986, respectively.

 

Father Staples served his diaconate year at St. Mary Church in Alexandria from 1994 to 1995 before being ordained May 20, 1995, by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating.

 

He served as parochial vicar of St. Mary of Sorrows Church in Fairfax (1995-99), St. Louis Church in Alexandria (1999-2001) and St. Lawrence Church in Alexandria (2001). He served as temporary administrator of St. Lawrence from 2001until 2002, when he became parochial vicar of St. Luke Church in McLean. In 2004, he returned to St. Louis and served as parochial administrator and then pastor until 2009, when he was assigned to St. Isidore.

 

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