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Two diocesan priests retire

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The following diocesan priests are retiring from active priestly ministry at the end of June:

Fr. Martin McGuill

Father Martin McGuill was born in Refugio, Texas. He traces his roots to early settlers in Texas. His father, Charles J. McGuill, was a member of a pioneer Irish South Texas family and his mother, Ollie Lee Curbelo, was a direct descendant of Juan Curbelo, one of the Canary Islanders who founded the first civil, municipal government in Texas and the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio.

Father McGuill attended Refugio High School and graduated from St. John's Seminary in San Antonio in 1956.

He was ordained for the Diocese of Corpus Christi in 1964. He graduated from Assumption Seminary in San Antonio and received his divinity degree at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee.

He was the first chaplain of the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

He received a master's in religious education at Loyola University, Chicago; a master's in church administration and a licentiate in canon law from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.; and a doctorate in canon law, magna cum laude, from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (the Angelicum) in Rome.

After incardination in the Arlington Diocese, Father McGuill served as adjutant judicial vicar in the diocesan tribunal until 1986 and as a judge of the interdiocesan tribunal of the Province of Baltimore.

He was pastor of St. Rita Parish in Alexandria from 1986 until 1992 when he was assigned to St. Luke Parish in McLean.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel and is currently the U.S. Air Force Catholic chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery.

Fr. John T. B. Trong

Father John T. B. Trong, parochial vicar of St. Michael Parish in Annandale since 2007, was born April 14, 1944, in Ninh Binh, Vietnam. He attended Kim Thuong School in Gia Kiem, Vietnam, and Phat Diem School in Phu Nhuna, Saigon. He graduated from the Philosophical Seminary of Saigon in 1967.

He attended the Franciscan Theological Seminary at St. Anthony-on-Hudson in Rensselaer, N.Y., and was ordained by Albany Bishop Edwin Broderick in Albany, N.Y., May 22, 1971.

Father Trong received his master's in theology from the State University of New York and a master's in social psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York. He was a doctoral candidate at Columbia University in New York but he dropped out when Vietnam fell to the communists.

He was employed by the Department of the Army from June through December 1975 as chaplain and counselor for Vietnam refugees at Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pa. He also was editor of Cong Dong magazine, writing commentaries periodically from 1971 to 1973, and contributing to several other Vietnamese magazines.

He served as director of the Vietnamese Apostolate for the Richmond Diocese, 1976-77. He was parochial vicar of Holy Family Church in Dale City, 1977-80; St. Ann Parish in Arlington, 1980-82; and St. Leo the Great Parish in Fairfax, 1982-84. Father Trong was pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Kilmarnock, 1984-87. In the summer of 1987, he studied Spanish at the North American Mexican Institute of Cultural Relations in Mexico City. He was on special assignment at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Arlington, 1987-88, and was pastor of Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Parish in Arlington from 1988 to 2000, when Vietnamese Dominicans took over administration of the parish.

Father Trong was named pastor of St. William of York Parish in Stafford in 2000, and he served as parochial vicar of St. Bernadette Parish in Springfield from 2001 to 2007.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2011