Our Clergy

This post is also available in: Spanish

Fr. Alexander Diaz, Pastor, was born October 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 on March 25, 2006, in the Diocese of Zacatecoluca, El Salvador, by Bishop Elias Samuel Bolaños. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Arlington on September 7, 2016. He has since served at several parishes, including Holy Family Church in Dale City, VA, and Our Lady of Angels in Woodbridge, VA.

Fr. Paul Berghout, Parochial Vicar, was born on September 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 graduated from the seminary at Mount St. Mary’s, Emmitsburg, MD, in 1996. He was ordained a deacon on May 27, 1995, and 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 Vincent 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. On October 13, 2012, Vince was ordained 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. Interestingly, he often spent the early and mid-1980s with his uncle, who lived off Sleepy Hollow Road and attended Queen of Apostles parish.