Fr. Schardt: Canon Lawyer

Father William B. Schardt’s interest in Canon Law started soon after his ordination, having served on the diocesan Tribunal since 1976 in various capacities, including the diocesan Ecumenical Committee. Father Schardt served as chairman of that committee from 1982-92. Father Schardt, pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church in Arlington since 1989, was born in El Paso, Texas, into a family with two sisters, but he soon came to the Arlington area where he attended St. James School in Falls Church and Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, graduating in 1967. His parents live in Vienna. In discerning his faith, Father Schardt first attended the Ohio State University and graduated in 1971 with a degree in social work. He then entered the seminary at Catholic University’s Theological College and graduated in 1975. On Nov. 29 that year, Father Schardt was ordained a priest after having served as a deacon at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More. "My first assignment as a priest was at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington," he said. Father Schardt served as an associate pastor for the following three years. In 1978, he was assigned to St. Michael Parish in Annandale for one year and to St. Mark Parish in Vienna from 1979 until 1982. After a short period at St. Ambrose Parish in Annandale, Father Schardt returned to Catholic University for Canon Law studies and graduated in 1986 with a licentiate degree. Presently, Father Schardt is a judge in the Interdiocesan Court of Appeals of the Province of Baltimore and the pastor of St. Ann since 1989. Before being named a pastor, Father. Schardt served a second term at St. Mark’s from 1986-89.

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