Our Clergy

Father Guest, Pastor
Father Guest, Pastor

OUR PASTOR  Rev. Richard Marion Guest hales from the Southside of Chicago. Father was educated at Saint Bede the Venerable Grade School and Bogan Public High School before pursuing a double degree in Biology and Theology from Loyola University of Chicago. After college, Father earned a master’s degree in Old Testament studies from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

After working as a case manager with the elderly population on Chicago’s Westside for a few years, Father finally responded to the Lord’s invitation to serve Him as a priest. He’d felt called to the priesthood since childhood – but always let something get in the way of his response. He moved out to Northern Virginia and entered Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he earned the degree of Master’s of Divinity. Father was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John R. Keating on May 21, 1994, at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington. Before ordination to the priesthood, he had served as a transitional deacon at Saint Lawrence the Martyr Parish in Franconia.

Upon ordination, Father was assigned as parochial vicar to Saint William of York Parish in Stafford, from 1994 through 1998. His second assignment was as parochial vicar of Saint Catherine of Siena in Great Falls, from 1998 until 2002. In 2002, Bishop Loverde appointed Father Guest parochial administrator of Saint Theresa Church and tasked him with building the parish church. Father was installed as pastor of Saint Theresa in the summer of 2004.

While at Saint Theresa, Father has “enjoyed” the work of overseeing the construction of the parish church, additional parking, and a multipurpose addition to the parish school building. Father is excited to announce the completion of the perpetual adoration chapel to Saint Theresa. In his spare time, Father enjoys travel; his favorite vacation destination is checking in with the “boss” in Rome. While he remains loyal to the White Sox – and whoever plays the Cubs, he has acquired a “local allegiance” to the Washington Nationals.

Father feels privileged to have had the blessing of serving as the “chief shepherd” of Saint Theresa Parish for the past fifteen years and hopes to have the opportunity to do so for many more years, God – and bishop – willing. He feels truly blessed to have had the opportunity to share in the lives of the parishioners and is most grateful for their support.

Fr. Thomas, Parochial Vicar
Fr. Thomas, Parochial Vicar

Fr. Thomas Cavanaugh was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia.  He went to Bishop O’Connell high school graduating in 1999 along with two other Arlington priests, Fathers Luke Dundon and Ed Bresnahan. Fr Thomas and his family were parishioners at Saint Charles Boromeo in Arlington where his parents still attend.

Fr. Thomas, though raised in the faith, had a reconversion in 2000 while traveling through Europe and began to consider the priesthood during that trip after the Ash Wednesday gathering in St Peters Square in Rome with Pope Saint John Paul II.  Immediately after returning home to the United States, Fr. Thomas decided to test his call by joining a missionary group to Ethiopia for a year of service to evangelize the youth of the streets.  It was there that he met Fr. Don Planty (now pastor of St Charles) who encouraged him to go to Franciscan University in Steubenville and where Fr Thomas spent 2 1/2 years studying theology.  Ultimately he transferred to Marymount University in Arlington to complete a dual major in Theology and Art.  Before joining the Arlington Diocese as a seminarian he spent some time working with FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students).  

While in seminary Fr. Thomas started the New Evangelization Club which prepares seminarians to be priests of the New Evangelization.  He also, while doing a 30-day Ignatian retreat, received a certification in spiritual direction and discipleship at IPF (Institute of Priestly Formation).  After six years of seminary formation he received a Masters of Divinity from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD and was ordained for the Arlington Diocese on June 8, 2013 in St Thomas More Cathedral.  He now enjoys his first assignment as a priest at Saint Theresa Parish, proclaiming the Gospel and administering the Sacraments.


Fr. Hinkle, Parochial Vicar
Fr. Hinkle, Parochial Vicar

Father Hinkle grew up in a Navy family, living on both coasts at times, but he considers Northern Virginia to be home. He graduated from W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Va in 1998. His home parish is Saint Ambrose in Annandale, Va.

He received Bachelors in Business Administration in Management Information Technology at the University of Notre Dame on an NROTC Scholarship in 2002. Following graduation, he received his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, completing Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C. in 2003. Graduating from Submarine Officers Basic Course later that year, Fr. Hinkle began a three-year tour on the USS CONNECTICUT (SSN-22), a Seawolf Class fast attack submarine.

Following his sea tour, Fr. Hinkle took a shore tour at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, NV as the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile Subject Matter Expert in the Strike Group. During this time, he discerned a calling to the priesthood.

Fr. Hinkle earned a Masters Degree in Philosophical Studies at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in 2010. He went on to complete his theological formation in Rome at the Pontifical North American College, studying at the Angelicum University. He earned his S.T.B. in 2013.

Fr. Hinkle was ordained by His Excellency, Bishop Paul S. Loverde, on June 7, 2014.

Disclaimer:  These are notes that I use in delivering my homilies and should not be viewed as a word-for-word representation of the homily that was delivered at Mass.  Moreover, one will find typos, run-on sentences, and dangled participles.

Homily notes:

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time A

Homily 1st Sunday Lent – A – Notes

2nd Sunday of Lent – A – Transfiguration

4th Sunday Lent – Blind Man

Homily 5th Sunday Lent – A

Deacon Paul Konold was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, and attended Catholic schools grades K through 12.  Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and became a sonar technician.  What started out as a 3-year enlistment ended up as a 20-year career, and he retired as a senior chief petty officer.  While in the Navy, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of San Diego.

In 1972, Paul married Stephanie Fiore, a newly graduated schoolteacher from Boston, and during the 70’s, God blessed them with a son and two daughters.  They raised their children in southeastern Connecticut and were active in parish life.  Stephanie taught at St. Joseph elementary school in New London and all three children attended Catholic schools grades K through 12.

In 1990, Paul felt called to the diaconate, and that started a formation journey that would span two dioceses and take 12 years to complete.  He earned a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Providence College, and on October 19, 2002, Bishop Robert J. McManus ordained him to the diaconate at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Providence, Rhode Island.

Upon ordination, Deacon Paul was assigned to St. Kevin Church in Warwick, RI and to the Ministry for the Deaf in the diocese.  He remained in those ministries until 2007 when his employer, Amgen, transferred him from its facility in RI to its facility in Seattle, Washington.  Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett granted him faculties to minister in the Archdiocese of Seattle and assigned him to St. Michael Church in Snohomish, WA.

In 2014, Stephanie retired after 30 years of teaching in Catholic elementary schools and Deacon Paul retired shortly after that.  They moved to Loudoun County to be close to their three grandchildren, and in June 2015, Bishop Paul S. Loverde granted Deacon Paul faculties to minister in the Diocese of Arlington and assigned him to St. Theresa’s.  Deacon Paul and Stephanie are very pleased to make St. Theresa’s and their grandchildren the focus of their retirement.