Arlington diocesan priests mark jubilees from 25-60 years

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60 Years

 

Franciscan Father Joseph J. Nangle, head of Latino ministry at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Arlington, was born July 20, 1932, in Lexington, Mass.

He entered the Order of Friars Minor Aug. 11, 1951, at St. Bonaventure Church in Paterson, N.J. He made his final profession of vows Aug. 16, 1955, at Christ the King Seminary in Allegany, N.Y., and was ordained to the priesthood April 25, 1958, at Mount St. Sepulchre Friary in Washington.

 

Father Nangle's first assignment was St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, Mass. (1958-59). He was assigned to a mission in Bolivia in 1960, where he served for three years before being named pastor of Holy Name Church in Lima, Peru (1963-74).

 

Father Nangle served as chief of staff for the international office of the Department of Social Analysis and World Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (1977-80). He went on to serve in a variety of outreach and social justice ministries, including as a staff member for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (1982-90), and associate director of Sojourners magazine in Washington (1990-94). Father Nangle served as executive director of the Franciscan Mission Service in Washington (1994-2005).

 

He began assisting with Hispanic ministry on weekends at Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church in Arlington in 1990. Since 2017, Father Nangle has served as the regional vocation director for the Holy Name Province.

50 Years

 

Friars of the Atonement Father Thomas Gumprecht, retired vice general of the friars, was born March 21, 1941, in Meriden, Conn.

 

He entered the friary in Rhode Island in 1959 and was ordained to the priesthood in May 1968. Father Gumprecht studied at St. Pius X Seminary, Atonement Seminary and The Catholic University of America in Washington. He earned a master’s degree at Hull University in England.

 

After ordination, he was sent to the friars missions in Brazil where he worked in pastoral and ecumenical ministries for 22 years. He returned to the United States in 1989 to assume the position of vicar general of the friars, and was assigned to the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C. He retired in April 2016 and assists with pastoral ministry at Christ the Redeemer. 

45 Years

 

Missionhurst Father Michael F. Hann, retired and living at Dominion House, was ordained May 26, 1973; Father David L. Martin, pastor of St. Luke Church in McLean, was ordained May 28, 1973; and Franciscan Father John F. O’Connor, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Triangle, was ordained Sept. 22, 1973.

40 Years

 

Father Joseph P. Biniek, who is retired and living in New Orleans, was ordained May 13, 1978; Father Anthony J. Pinizzotto, parochial vicar at St. Luke Church in McLean, was ordained May 20, 1978; and Augustinian Father Cedric Wilson, in residence at St. Agnes Church in Arlington, was ordained Sept. 16, 1978.

30 Years

 

Father Paul F. deLadurantaye, executive director of the St. Thomas More Institute and diocesan secretary for catechetics and sacred liturgy, was ordained May 29, 1988; and Father Charles W. Merkle III, parochial vicar of Corpus Christi Church in South Riding, and Father Christopher J. Mould, pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle in Clifton, both were ordained May 21, 1988.

25 Years

Father Dennis W. Kleinmann, pastor of St. Veronica Church in Chantilly, was born July 22, 1959, in Milwaukee, the oldest of William and Luvina Kleinmann’s eight children. After graduating from Beaver Dam High School in Beaver Dam, Wis., in 1977, he briefly attended Bryant and Stratton College in Milwaukee. He worked for eight years as an office manager at a car dealership before discerning a vocation to the priesthood.

 

He attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. He was ordained to the priesthood May 15, 1993, by Bishop John R. Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington.

 

His first assignment was as parochial vicar of St. Michael Church in Annandale (1993-96). He then served as parochial vicar of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester (1996-2000). He served for two years as parochial vicar, then for two years as administrator of St. Mary Church in Alexandria before being named pastor in 2004. Father Kleinmann became pastor of St. Veronica Church in 2015, where he continues to serve. 

Father Kevin J. Larsen, pastor of St. John the Apostle Church in Leesburg, was born Oct. 13, 1966, in Edison, N.J., and was raised in McLean, as a member of St. James Church in Falls Church and St. John the Beloved Church in McLean. He is the fourth of five children of Kristian and Eileen Larsen.
He graduated from McLean High School in 1985, but not before deciding that he wanted to be a priest.

 

He graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., in 1993.

 

He served his diaconate assignments at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Falls Church in 1992, and St. Christopher Church in Philadelphia (1992-93).

 

He was ordained to the priesthood May 15, 1993, by Bishop John R. Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington.
Father Larsen served as parochial vicar of St. Bernadette Church in Springfield (1993-97), and at Church of the Nativity in Burke (1997-2001). He served as administrator and pastor of St. Thomas à Becket Church in Reston (2001-04) and at St. Bernadette Church in Springfield (2004-16).

 

In 2016, he was appointed pastor of St. John the Apostle Church in Leesburg where he continues to serve.

Father Michael T. Orlowsky, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church in Kilmarnock and the mission church of St. Paul in Hague since 2013, was born Oct. 19, 1960, to Edward and Elizabeth Orlowsky, the second of five boys. He attended Rutherford High School in Panama City, Fla. He considered becoming an electrical engineer and attended the DeVry Institute of Technology for six months prior to moving to Texas to attend the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

 

He studied for the priesthood for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, La., at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston while attending classes at the University of St. Thomas (1979-81). He switched to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., to study for the Diocese of Arlington (1986-93).

 

Father Orlowsky spent his diaconate year at St. Lawrence the Martyr Church in Alexandria and was ordained to the priesthood May 15, 1993, by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating. His first assignment was as parochial vicar of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Fredericksburg. In 1997, he was appointed parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Church in Manassas, then parochial vicar of St. Ann Church in Arlington in 2000. He was assigned to Holy Family Church in Dale City in 2001 before being named administrator of Our Lady of the Blue Ridge Church in Madison in June 2002. He served as pastor of Our Lady of the Blue Ridge (2004-13), when he was named pastor of St. Francis and St. Paul, where he continues to serve.

Father Donald J. Planty, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington, was born Oct. 3, 1966, in Albuquerque, N.M., the son of Donald and Regina Planty. He earned a bachelor’s degree in government and French from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg in 1988. He graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., with a master’s degree in divinity and theology in 1993.

 

Father Planty was ordained to the priesthood May 15, 1993, by Bishop John R. Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. He served as parochial vicar of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington (1993-95), and then as parochial vicar of the cathedral (1995-96). He earned a doctorate in canon law in 2000 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

 

Father Planty served as deputy head of mission for the apostolic nunciature in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2000-03). In 2003, he was appointed parochial vicar of Holy Family Church in Dale City, and in 2005, he became pastor of the parish. In 2010, he became chaplain of Christendom College in Front Royal. In 2014, he became pastor of St. Charles, where he continues to serve.

Father Michael G. Taylor, pastor of Corpus Christi Church in South Riding, was born April 1, 1966, in Danbury, Conn., and raised in Westerville, Ohio. He is the second of three children of David and Patricia Taylor.
After graduating from Westerville South High School in 1984, Father Taylor entered Miami of Ohio University. He transferred to Christendom College in Front Royal in 1985 and graduated in 1989 with a degree in philosophy. After graduation, he entered Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.
He served his diaconate year at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax.

 

He was ordained to the priesthood May 15, 1993, by Bishop John R. Keating at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington.

 

Father Taylor served as parochial vicar at St. John the Apostle Church in Leesburg (1993-96); St. John the Evangelist Church in Warrenton (1996-97); and St. Bernadette Church in Springfield (1997-2001).
He was the diocesan director of youth activities (2000-01) and then named chaplain and assistant principal for Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington in 2001 while in residence at St. James Church in Falls Church.
He was appointed administrator of St. Patrick Church in Fredericksburg in June 2005 and served as pastor (2007-10). He was named parochial administrator of Corpus Christi Mission in South Riding (2010-14) and the founding pastor of Corpus Christi Church when it was made a parish in 2014, where he continues to serve.

Dominican Father Joseph Liem Tran, pastor at Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Church in Chantilly, was born Dec. 15, 1960, one of 11 children. He entered the Dominican Minor Seminary in 1974, took his simple vows July 27, 1980, and completed his priestly formation in 1985.

 

He escaped Vietnam by boat in 1987 and came to the United States as an immigrant in 1989 through a refugee camp in Thailand. A year later he moved to Calgary, Canada, to join the Vietnamese Dominican Vicariate and made his solemn profession in 1991.

 

He studied theology at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, for one year. He was ordained to the priesthood by Calgary Bishop Paul O’Byrne at St. Mary’s Cathedral May 28, 1993. He served as a parochial vicar at Ascension Church in Calgary for two years.

 

He attended the Dominican House of Studies in Washington for further study in theology (1995-97) and earned his licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1997. He served as a chaplain at the University of Calgary (1999-2006); and as a parochial vicar at Holy Trinity Church in Calgary, Alberta (2006-08).

 

He was elected vicar provincial of the Vietnamese Dominican Vicariate in 2008, and finished his second term in 2016. He was appointed pastor at Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Church in October 2016, where he continues to serve.

   

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