A former diocesan high school teacher ordained a Dominican priest

Reverend Brother Paul Dominic Marich, OP, 36, formerly of Woodbridge, was ordained a priest for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph on May 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, OP, associate secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, ordained Brother Paul and nine classmates.

From 2013 to 2017, Brother Paul was a teacher at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Potomac Shores, where he taught in the religion, bioethics, and social studies departments. While in the Diocese of Arlington, he was a parishioner at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Woodbridge, taught religious education classes at St. Raymond de Peñafort Church in Springfield, and served in the ministry from the Upper Room Theater to All Saints Catholic Church. in Manassas. During his second year of priestly formation at the Dominican House of Studies, Brother Paul attended St. Mary’s Basilica in Alexandria, where he brought communion to homebound parishioners and residents of homes of retirement. He is originally from Youngstown, Ohio, and graduated in 2008 from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Br. Paul spent a pastoral year at St. Patrick’s Parish in Columbus, Ohio, where he will remain for his first assignment as parochial vicar of St. Patrick’s Parish.

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