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Newly Ordained Western Rite Priest

On Sunday January 3, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus in the Western tradition, Deacon Peter Andrew Kavanaugh was ordained to the holy priesthood by Bishop John, Auxiliary Bishop for parishes in the Western Rite Vicariate.  The ordination occurred at Saint Patrick's Western Rite Orthodox Parish in Bealeton, Virginia, where Father Peter was serving as Deacon.

Father Peter is a graduate of Holy Cross Seminary. He married Zoe Doss on May 7, 2014 at Saint Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, Tennessee. On October 31, 2015 their twins (Kevin and Eva) were born.

Effective January 15, Father Peter will be the new Pastor of Saint of Nursia Church, a Western Rite parish in Wichita Falls Texas. The Very Reverend James Rooney, who has been the pastor of St. Benedict since its founding in 1994, is retiring.

May God grant Father Peter and Archpriest James many years!