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Fr. Chuck Dornquast is one of five siblings and has grown up with an admiration and love of what the Church and her ministers can accomplish. For many years his own family was supported by the generosity of his home parish and he experienced firsthand the fruits of ministries led by the laity. As a student involved in High School youth ministry, Fr. Chuck experienced a deep call to the priesthood during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Shortly thereafter he was invited to attend a Vocation Awareness Weekend at St. John Vianney College Seminary which “sealed the deal” for him. After graduating from Zephyrhills High School, he entered seminary and spent his 9 years between St. John Vianney and St. Vincent de Paul. Throughout his seminary experience it was often the moments of ministering with the people of the Diocese of St. Petersburg which kept aflame his desire to serve as a priest of Jesus Christ. He was ordained May 16, 2015 and spent the first 4 years of his priesthood at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Tampa. Throughout his time, he served as chaplain for the parish school, Tampa Catholic and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He began his time as Director of Vocations for the Diocese in July of 2019 and has hit the ground running. Fr. Chuck is a firm believer in the abundance of the harvest for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Fr. Mark
Priestly Assignments:
Director of Priest Vocations, Archdiocese of Washington 2016 – Present

Director of Pastoral Formation, St. John Paul II Seminary Washington, DC 2015 – 2016, 2019 – Present

Director of Spiritual Formation, St. John Paul II Seminary, Washington, DC. 2015 – 2019

Pastor, Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Washington, DC. 2012-2015

Adjunct Formation Faculty, Blessed John Paul II Seminary, Washington, DC. 2013-2014

Assistant  Director of Priest Vocations, Archdiocese of Washington. 2012-2016

Adjunct Spiritual Director, Blessed John Paul II Seminary, Washington, DC. 2012-2013

St. Pius X Catholic Church, Bowie, Md.  Parochial Vicar 2011–2012

Church of the Little Flower, Bethesda. Md. Parochial Vicar 2008–2011

Professional Experience:
Congressional Liaison Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development 2002–2003

Personal Aid, Senator Strom Thurmond, United States Senate 2001-2002

Legislative Correspondent, Senator Strom Thurmond, United States Senate 2000-2001

Institute for Priestly Formation, Spiritual Direction Training Program. 2015 – Certificate

Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ. 2008 – M.A. Systematic Theology

Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, NJ. 2008 – M.Div

Merrimack College, North Andover, MA. 2000 – BA Political Science

Christchurch School, Christchurch, VA. 1996