New pastor named at Christ the Redeemer in Sterling

Father J.D. Jaffe, diocesan vocations director, has been named pastor of Christ the Redeemer Church in Sterling, effective Sept.1.

He was born June 10, 1976, to Missy and Sid Jaffe in Falls Church. He attended St. Michael School in Annandale and graduated from Annandale High School in 1994. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg in 1998.

After college, he attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., for a year before attending the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood June 7, 2003, by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington.

Father Jaffe served as parochial vicar of BlessedSacrament Church in Alexandria (2003-08). He was chaplain and assistant principal of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax (2008-12) and then served as parochial vicar of St. Luke Church in McLean and as promoter of vocations for a year. He has served as vocations director since 2013.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to get back to parochial ministry — it’s what I long to do as a diocesan priest,” he said. As a Spanish-speaker, he looks forward to working with the Hispanic community, and he hopes to continue encouraging men and women to pursue vocations to the priesthood and religious life. “I’m really excited about the whole community. It’s a large parish with a diverse community,” he said.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018