Meet Our Clergy

“The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

~St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests      

Fr. Alexander Diaz, Pastor

Fr. Diaz was born Oct. 18, 1976, in Victoria, Cabanas, El Salvador to parents Maria Trinidad Diaz and Jacinto Amaya. He entered the Pio XII Minor Seminary of the Diocese of San Vicente in 1992. He studied philosophy at Our Lady of the Way Seminary (Nuestra Senora del Camino) in Solola, Guatemala (1996-98) and theology at St. Joseph of the Mountain Seminary (Seminario Mayor, San José de La Montana), San Salvador, El Salvador (2000-02). He also studied pedagogy at the Don Bosco Salesian University in El Salvador. Father Diaz was ordained March 25, 2006, in the Diocese of Zacatecoluca, El Salvador, by Bishop Elias Samuel Bolaños. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Arlington Sept. 7, 2016 and has since served at several parishes including most recently Holy Family Church in Dale City, VA and Our Lady of Angels in Woodbridge, VA.

Fr. Paul Berghout, Parochial Vicar

Fr. Berghout was born on Sept. 6, 1963, in San Francisco, California to parents Jan. M Berghout and Anna Maria (Sasso) Berghout. He has three brothers, one is his twin. He attended Washington State University and received a bachelor’s in Communication. He then went on to graduated the seminary at Mount St. Mary’s, Emmitsburg, MD in 1996. He was ordained a deacon on May 27, 1995 and was ordained a priest on May 18, 1996. He spent his diaconate year at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Arlington, 1995; parochial vicar, All Saints Catholic Church, Manassas, 1996-97; chaplain, Diocesan Spirituality Center, 1997-99l parochial vicar, St. Anthony Church, 2000-02; parochial vicar, Our Lady of Angels Church, 2003-06; Canon Law studies and Tribunal assignment, part-time prison ministry while in residence at Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington, 2006-10; parochial vicar, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Arlington, 2010-11. His last assignment was Tribunal Defender of the Bond while in residence at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Deacon Richard Caporiccio

Deacon Caporiccio was ordained on April 21, 1989. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, he married his wife Madeline on December 18, 1967, and has four children and two grandchildren. He is a graduate of Bishop Neumann High School and Penn State University. He holds an MA in Theology from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and an Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma from the Holy See. He has served at Our Lady of Lebanon in Washington DC; Our Lady of the Valley in Birmingham, Alabama; and Saint Lawrence in Franconia, Virginia.

Deacon Vincent Kapral

Deacon Kapral was born on July 4, 1967 in Corning, NY where he attended St Mary’s parish until he joined the military in 1985. He married his wife Anne at St Mary’s on December 29, 1989. From 1989 until 2002, they attended various parishes in Virginia Beach, Italy, and Florida. Vince was ordained October 13, 2012, as a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Richmond and was assigned to serve at St John the Apostle parish. Most recently, he served at Santa Sophia parish in Spring Valley, CA until they returned home to VA this July. On an interesting side note, he often spent the early and mid 1980s living with his uncle who lived off Sleepy Hollow Road and attended Queen of Apostles parish.


Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.

Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
Set their souls on fire with love for your people.

Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.

Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.
Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.

Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.