Rev. Frederick H. Edlefsen, Pastor
Please contact Fr. Edlefsen's administrative assistant to arrange a meeting.
Fr. Edlefsen is a native of New Jersey, grew up in Louisiana, went to LSU and then UVA for graduate school. He was ordained in 2001 after his seminary studies at Mount St. Mary's in Emmittsburg, MD. Fr. Edlefsen was Parochial Vicar at St. James in Falls Church from 2001-2005, Chaplain at Bishop O'Connell High School from 2005-2007, Chaplain at the Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Mary Washington from 2007-2014, and he came to St. Agnes in 2014 as Parochial Administrator. On the Feast of St. Agnes, January 21, 2016, he was made Pastor by Bishop Paul Loverde, who formally installed him in March 2016.
Fr. Edlefsen loves the great outdoors and hiking, enjoys reading history, novels and stories, comedy, social commentaries and theology. His favorite magazine is Montana Outdoors, though he's never lived in Montana (it's a nice thought). He also loves music, everything from classical to folk. On his day off, you might find him at a secluded place along Potomac River or the Shenandoah Mountains reading a good book. Sts. Bernard of Clairvaux and Therese of Lisieux are among his favorite saints.
His hope for St. Agnes is that we grow in holiness as "missionary disciples" of Jesus Christ. He envisions a parish that welcomes people into the fold of Christ's flock so as to become holy in this life and saints for the next. He would like every living room the parish to be a sanctuary of God's peace and charity.
Rev. Richard Miserendino, Parochial Vicar
Fr. Rich Miserendino was born in Rochester, NY, but grew up locally in Burke, VA and specifically in Nativity Parish. After graduating from Lake Braddock, he went on to study Music, Physics, and Mathematics at the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music. After graduating, he worked for a while in the DC area with SAIC, a major defense contractor at the time. During that time, he realized that God was calling him to be a Priest, and so he entered the Seminary and spent two years at Saint Charles Seminary in Philadelphia. He was then transferred to the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy, where he’s lived and studied for the past five years. Ordained in 2015, he has served as Parochial Vicar at the Church of Saint Mary in Alexandria for three months before returning to Pontifical North American College in Rome for graduate theological studies. Now that he’s finished his degrees, he’s happily returned to the USA and Saint Agnes Church.
Fr. Rich typically goes by just that: “Father Rich”, as his last name is difficult for a number of people. He won’t be offended if you call him Fr. Miserendino, though. When not doing specifically Priestly things, his hobbies include reading, hiking, and playing the saxophone.
You can get to know Fr. Rich more quickly and get a taste of his homiletic-style by reading his homily blog! Or you can also read this older Catholic Herald Article discussing Fr. Miserendino's (then Deacon) journey to the priesthood.
Rev. Cedric P. Wilson, O.S.A., Priest in Residence
Fr. Cedric Wilson, OSA is an Augustinian priest born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the minor and major seminaries in the Midwest, graduated from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and was ordained in September 1978. His assignments have been as a religion teacher/chaplain at Marian Catholic H.S. in Chicago Heights, Illinois (1978-1979); Campus Ministry & Religious Studies Lecturer at Villanova University (1979-1983); and Administrator in the School of Adult & Continuing Education Biscayne College (St. Thomas University) Miami, Florida (1983-1986).
Fr. Wilson has completed Masters degrees in Divinity (1978); Developmental Counseling (1986); Psychology and the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (1999). He has worked with children and families at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore as a Psychiatric Therapist for many years. Along with his clinical work, he is teaching courses in the field of Psychology at NOVA and GMU.
Fr. Wilson came to Saint Agnes as a priest "in residence" in August of 2008, while continuing his clinical work in Baltimore, and assisting in parishes in the Northern Virginia area. A priest in residence is one who is living at a particular parish but whose primary apostolate work involves something other than parish work (ie. hospital or prison chaplain, teacher, chancery official, or pursuing academic studies).
Fr. Wilson enjoys the arts, nature and traveling. His guiding theological principle is: THE GLORY OF GOD IS HUMANITY FULLY ALIVE.
Fr. Thomas Nguyen, Priest in Residence
Fr. Thomas Tuan Nguyen is a priest of the Bui Chu diocese in Vietnam where he was born and grew up. After graduating from the school of Law at Vietnamese National University of Hanoi, he entered the seminary and was sent by his bishop to St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver to complete his seminary formation. His priestly ordination took place in May 2016 in Denver by the laying of hands of Archbishop of Denver Samuel J. Aquila. Right after his ordination, he was transferred to the Catholic University of America for further studying in philosophy. He stays in residence at Saint Agnes while attending his schooling at CUA.
Fr. Nguyen's guiding philosophical principle is "Love takes up where knowledge leaves off" (St. Thomas Aquinas). And his priestly motto is "Nil Nisi Te Domine" - which means "Nothing else but You, O Lord (St. Thomas Aquinas).
Meg McKnight, Business Manager
Lucy Estrada, Accounting
Responsibilities: Bookkeeping, Tuition
Katie Howell, Facilities Manager
Michael Sirotniak, Adoration Chapel Coordinator and Office Assistant
Joan Biehler, Coordinator for the Protection of Children
Responsibilities: Virtus Trainings
Ligia Santos, Administrative Assistant
Laura Theby, Director of Sacred Music