Address: 3320 St. Peter’s Drive,Waldorf, Maryland 20601
Phone Number: 301-843-8916
Office Hours: 8:30 to 4:30 Weekdays, except government holidays
Staff Contact Information:
Abell, Tom, Facilities Manager: 301-843-8916, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cassin, Andrew Cassin, Pastor Emeritus: 301-843-8916
Culbreth, Alice, Director Christian Formation: 301-843-9583 ext 30, email@example.com
Frere, Sister Theresa, IHM, Coordinator of Ministry to the Sick and Homebound: 301-843-8916 ext 17, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hamilton, Marianna, Coordinator Christian Formation: 301-843-9583, ext 28, email@example.com
Kurzawinski, Zygmunt, Parochial Vicar: 301-843-8916, ext 12, firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin, Robert, Deacon: 301-843-8916, email@example.com
McGready, Oliver, Retired: 301-843-8916
Moore, Alicia, Parish Secretary: 301-843-8916, firstname.lastname@example.org
O’Neill, Fran, Parish Accountant: 301-843-8916, email@example.com
Parent, J. Wilfrid, Pastor: 301-843-8916,
Tiffin-Johnson, Cara, Director Music Ministry: 240-210-2418, firstname.lastname@example.org
West, J.R. Principal St. Peter’s School: 301-843-1955, email@example.com
Meet the Clergy and Staff
Msgr. J. Wilfrid Parent, Pastor
Msgr. Parent has been Pastor of St. Peter’s Church since January 2007. He is also the Dean of the Charles County Deanery of Priests and was one of the official Archdiocesan media spokespersons during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Washington in April 2008. From 2005 to January 2007, Msgr. Parent was the Executive Director for Catholic Identity and Mission for Mount St. Mary’s University. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Vice Rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, the second oldest and then second largest Catholic seminary in the United States. From 1998 to 2002, he was the Director of Priestly Vocations for the Archdiocese of Washington. During this time he was also one of several official archdiocesan media spokespersons and regularly published homilies in the preaching journal Homiletics. He represented the Archbishop of Washington on the ethics boards of Georgetown, Holy Cross and Providence Hospitals from 1996 to 2002. Msgr. Parent was the Parochial Vicar of St. Peter’s in Waldorf from 1994 to 1998 and of Little Flower Church in Bethesda from 1991 to 1994 and was twice elected as a deanery representative to the archdiocesan Council of Priests. He attended seminary at Theological College at the Catholic University of America and was ordained in 1991. He is a 1982 alumnus of Bowdoin College, and his home parish is Sacred Heart in Bowie.
Msgr. Andrew Cassin, Pastor Emeritus
A native of Ireland, Msgr. Cassin was pastor of St. Peter’s Parish from January 12, 1990 to his retirement on January 9, 2000. During those years, he completed the school addition, refurbished the sanctuary, designed and installed the stained-glass windows, and just a month before his retirement, erected the church steeple.
Msgr. Oliver McGready, Retired
A native of Ireland, Msgr. McGready began his ministry in Washington shortly after his 1962 ordination when he was assigned here at St. Peter’s Parish as Fr. Henry Sank’s first assistant for the next five years! He served at St. Michael’s in Silver Springs and St. Philip the Apostle in Camp Springs. As Pastor, he served at St. Jude’s in Rockville for 11 years, Sacred Heart in LaPlata, Holy Family in Hillcrest Heights, and St. Mary’s Newport until his retirement in July 2010. Msgr. McGready is one of 15 children where growing up in Ireland they all worked on the family farm. He says over the years he has found “people to all be the same – they all have the same problems, hopes and dreams.” And throughout his life he has “enjoyed parish work because that’s where it all happens.”
Fr. Zygmunt Kurzawinski, Parochial Vicar
Father Zygmunt Kurzawinski was born in 1974 in Warsaw, Poland. His vocation was discovered in the Neocatechumenal Way (the Catholic initiation for adults) of the parish he attended in Warsaw. After the discernment process he felt called to be a missionary priest and in 1994, was sent to Newark, New Jersey, where he started his studies at the Redemptoris Mater archdiocesan mission seminary. In 2001, having completed a two-year missionary experience in Estonia, he was transferred to Washington, D.C. where he was ordained in 2003. He has served at Holy Redeemer in Kensington, as a chaplain at American University and at Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Lexington Park. From 2010 to 2011, he did missionary work in Fairbanks, Alaska. At St. Peter’s Fr. Zygmunt will serve the Hispanic community in addition to his work as Parochial Vicar.
Deacon Robert Martin
Deacon Robert Martin was ordained to the Permanent Deaconate for the Archdiocese of Washington on June 26, 2010. He is a convert to the faith and joined the Church in 1997. He has a B.S. degree in chemistry from Morgan State University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Georgetown University. He is a certified catechist and taught family religious education at St. Peter’s for several years. He has also served on the St. Peter’s Parish Council, as a lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Now retired, he works part time as a consultant. At St. Peter’s, he serves as the deacon at weekday and weekend Masses, in funeral preparation, marriage preparation and RCIA preparation. He and his wife, Joan, have three children and four grandchildren.
Sr. Theresa Frere, IHM, Coordinator of Ministry to the Sick and Homebound
Sister Theresa Frere, IHM, came to St. Peter's in September 2007 on a part-time basis as the Coordinator of Ministry to the Sick and Homebound. A native of Charles County and graduate of Archbishop Neale School in La Plata, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scranton, PA. With degrees in Secondary Education and English, Sister taught English for twenty-five years at high schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After completing a year of clinical pastoral education and fulfilling theological and other requirements, Sister received certification as chaplain in the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. Before coming to St. Peter’s, which is her first opportunity to be stationed in a Maryland parish, she had served for eight years as a chaplain in hospital ministry.
J. R. West, Principal of St. Peter’s School
Retired Lt. Colonel, J.R. West began his first year as Principal of St. Peter's School on July 1, 2009. After receiving a Bachlor’s Degree in Business Administration from Missouri Western State College in 1981, Mr. West served in the Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot for 21 years. He has a Master's Degree in Education and taught fifth grade in Virginia for five years. He is married, has two adult children, and lives in King George, Virginia. He is a member of Sacred Heart Parish in LaPlata.
Alice Culbreth, Director of Christian Formation
Alice Culbreth, Director of Christian Formation, began working in parish youth ministry as a volunteer in 1996 and in 2000 became the first full time Director of Youth Ministry in St. Peter’s Parish. She holds degrees in Recreation Planning/ Management and Humanities, and professional certifications in project management, catechesis, youth ministry and lay ecclesial ministry. She likes to read, write, listen to music and spend time with her family and friends.
A native Washingtonian, she has lived in and around Washington DC her entire life. She has been a parishioner at St. Peter’s for 27 years.
Marianna Hamilton, Coordinator of Christian Formation.
Marianna Hamilton has been a member of St. Peter's Parish since 1989 and became a catechist in 1993. Connected with Youth Ministry since 2001, she has chaperoned our parish youth to World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto, Canada and World Youth Day 2005 to Köln, Germany. She had been employed at St. Peter's since 2005.
Alicia Moore, Parish Secretary
A native of Hyattsville, Maryland, Alicia Moore attended St. Jerome’s Parish School, Academy of Our Lady High School, and the Prince Georges Community College. She and her husband, Bob, have been parishioners of St. Peter’s Parish for over 30 years. After volunteering for many years in the school when her children were attending St. Peter’s, she became secretary for the Family Program when it first began. She moved to the parish office in 1989 and subsequently took the position of parish secretary in 1997. She says she loves her job!
Fran O’Neill, Parish Accountant
Born and raised in Charles County, Fran O'Neill has been a parishioner at St. Peter's for over 30 years. She has been in the accounting field for 40- plus years, working for the State of Maryland for 14 years and then in private industry. She became the accountant for St. Peter’s Church and School in 1998. She works closely with the Finance Council on issues that affect the parish and school, and enjoys the everyday challenges of being an accountant. Fran looks forward to continuing her tenure at St. Peter's.
Tom Abell, Facilities Manager
Tom Abell has worked at St. Peter’s parish as the Facilities Manager for 17 years. His duties include maintenance of all buildings and grounds as well as supervision of the custodial staff for the church and school. Although not a St. Peter’s parishioner, many children and adults who have come to know Tom over the years definitely think of him as one of us!
Cara Tiffin-Johnson, Director of Music Ministry
Cara Tiffin-Johnson grew up in central Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Vocal/Choral Music Education. She was the Director of Music at St. Peters from 1998 to 2004 and has been teaching music at Archbishop Neal School for the last 8 years. Cara and Jim, her husband of 23 years, lived in Arkansas, Florida and overseas in Germany for 5 years prior to coming to Waldorf. They have two daughters ages 19 and 12.