New Gospel commentators join the fold

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We are pleased to welcome two new Gospel commentators this month to our four-priest rotation: Father Matthew H. Zuberbueler, pastor of St. Louis Church in Alexandria, and Father Stanley J. Krempa, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester.

They join Father John P. Peterson, director of the Youth Apostles Institute in McLean, and Father Robert J. Wagner, secretary to Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde.

Father Zuberbueler's first column was posted online yesterday. Father Krempa's first column will appear in the July 16 print edition.

We also want to acknowledge the longtime contributions of Father Paul D. Scalia and Father Jerry J. Pokorsky who are taking a much-deserved break from the monthly deadline after many years of service.

Father Zuberbueler was born March 14, 1970, in Del Rio, Texas, to parents John and Betty. He attended Comstock High School in Comstock, Texas, and graduated in 1992 from Christendom College in Front Royal with a bachelor's degree in philosophy.

He attended Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., and was ordained to the priesthood by Arlington Bishop John R. Keating May 18, 1996. He served as chaplain and assistant principal at Pope John Paul the Great High School in Dumfries from 2008 to 2012, when he was appointed parochial administrator and eventually pastor of St. Louis.

Father Krempa was born April 21, 1945, in Buffalo, N.Y. He studied for the priesthood at St. John Vianney Seminary in East Aurora, N.Y., and was ordained Dec. 18, 1970, by Buffalo Bishop James A. McNulty. Father Krempa came to the Washington area in the mid-1970s to attend George Washington Law School and began helping out at Northern Virginia parishes. He was incardinated into the Arlington Diocese in 1985. He was pastor of St. Mary Parish in Alexandria for nine years before being appointed pastor of Sacred Heart.

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