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New pastors named

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge announced the appointment of four new pastors effective June 27, except where noted differently. Father Juan Espino will become pastor of Queen of Apostles Church in Alexandria; Father Edwin E. Perez will become pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Church in Luray; the Very Reverend Patrick L. Posey, V.F., will become rector of the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington; and Father Paul D. Scalia will become pastor of St. James Church in Falls Church. 

 

Disciple of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary Father Juan Espino returns to the Diocese of Arlington from St. Mary Church in Littleton, Co., where he served as parochial vicar and school chaplain (2013-14) and (2018). He will become pastor of Queen of Apostles Church in Alexandria July 1.

Prior to St. Mary, he served the same roles at Queen of Apostles Church (2014-18). 

He was born April 19, 1974, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and grew up in El Paso, Texas, with his parents and five siblings. 

He was a high school teaching assistant in El Paso, Texas, for the summers of 1993 and 1994. He earned a bachelor’s from Columbia University in New York (1996) and he worked as an analyst and research assistant for the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington (1997). He was a research associate with Policy Studies Associates in Washington (1998-2005) after completing his master’s in public policy at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass. (1998). He worked as a teaching assistant for economics and statistics courses at the master’s program.

He studied at the Ecclesiastical University of San Damaso in Madrid, Spain (2006-12), where he earned a bachelor’s in theology. He was ordained to the diaconate Dec. 23, 2012, in Cuenca, Spain, and took perpetual profession Oct. 13, 2012, in Littleton. He was ordained to the priesthood June 22, 2013. 

He taught fifth- and seventh-grade religion at Queen of Apostles School in Alexandria (2016-18). 

 

Father Edwin E. Perez will become pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Church in Luray. Most recently he was parochial vicar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Lake Ridge. 

He was born Dec. 11, 1967, the son of Eriberto and Esmeralda Perez of Dale City. He has one brother and one sister. He earned a bachelor’s in music from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., in 1989.

His diaconate assignment was at St. Luke Church in McLean. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Paul S. Loverde at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington June 9, 2001. 

His diaconate assignment was at St. Luke Church in McLean (2000-01). He was parochial vicar of St. Michael Church in Annandale (2001-04). He was parochial vicar at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Fredericksburg (2004-08). Father Perez served as chaplain at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria (2008-13), while in residence at St. Rita Church in Alexandria. He has been parochial vicar at St. Elizabeth since 2013.

 

The Very Rev. Father Patrick L. Posey, V.F., will become rector of the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. He has served as pastor of St. James Church in Falls Church since 2006.

Father Posey was born Jan. 21, 1965, in Washington to Aubrey and Peggy Posey, one of three children. He graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington in 1983. He studied for the priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., where he earned a bachelor’s in philosophy in 1987. He earned a master’s of divinity at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., in 1991, and was ordained at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington by Bishop John R. Keating May 18, 1991.
He was parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Church in Winchester (1991-95), before serving for eight years at the diocesan mission in Bánica, Dominican Republic. When he returned from Bánica in 2003, he was named pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church in Purcellville (2003-06).
Father Posey is diocesan director of the Pontifical Mission Societies, the dean of Deanery I and director of the Propagation of the Faith for the Diocese of Arlington.

 

Father Paul D. Scalia will become pastor of St. James Church in Falls Church, while continuing as episcopal vicar for clergy and director of the diaconate formation program.

He was born Dec. 26, 1970, one of nine children of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin and Maureen Scalia.

He attended Langley High School in McLean and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., in 1992. After a year of theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, he was sent to Rome to study at the Pontifical North American College. He was ordained a deacon in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome in October 1995. He served his diaconate year at St. James Church in Falls Church, and was ordained to the priesthood May 18, 1996, by Bishop John R. Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington.

He served as parochial vicar of St. Bernadette Church in Springfield (1996-2000); St. Patrick Church in Fredericksburg (2000-04); and St. Rita Church in Alexandria (2004-08).

He was named parochial administrator of St. John the Beloved Church in McLean in 2008 before becoming pastor in 2009.

Father Scalia was appointed episcopal vicar for clergy and director of the diaconate formation program in October 2015. He is in residence at the St. Rose of Lima Priests’ Retirement Villa in Annandale.

 

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