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Fr. Ley retires

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After years of service to the diocese, Father Richard J. Ley is retiring.

Father Richard J. Ley was born Sept. 11, 1944, in Norfolk. He attended high school in Portsmouth, and entered St. Mary Seminary in Kentucky, graduating in 1967. He received his theology formation at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., and was ordained by Bishop John J. Russell for the Diocese of Richmond in 1971.

Father Ley served as parochial vicar at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax (1971-74) and then he was named vice chancellor and vocations director for the newly formed Diocese of Arlington.

Father Ley served in a number of positions in the diocese, including as defender of the bond, and later judge for the tribunal. He was a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission beginning in 1974, and became its chairman in 1979. He also served as a diocesan consultor. Father Ley earned a bachelor’s degree in canon law from The Catholic University of America in Washington in 1979.

He was pastor of St. John the Apostle Church in Leesburg (1982-87), St. John the Beloved Church in McLean (1987-94) and St. Louis Church in Alexandria (1994-97). He was on the board of consultors (1997-2000) and served as pastor of St. Ambrose Church in Annandale (2000-06). He served in the Diocese of Baker, Ore., (2006-08) before becoming parochial vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Arlington (2008-10). He has been parochial vicar of St. John Bosco Church in Woodstock with special care of Our Lady of the Shenandoah Mission in Basye since 2010. He plans to retire in Florida.

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