Meet the Staff
DEACON ROBERT LYONS Deacon Bob was ordained in the Archdiocese of Washington in 2000 and was assigned to St. Peter’s Church in Waldorf, MD. After moving to Virginia he transferred to the Diocese of Arlington and was assigned to St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in 2006. In July 2010, he was transferred to St. Jude. His experience includes teaching RCIA, Religious Education, and Bible study. He also volunteers as hospital chaplain and visits the nursing homes. He officiates many of the Baptism’s and conducts the Baptism classes here at St Jude. Deacon Bob and his wife Bonnie celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2014. Their daughter was a student at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School (Class of 2013). Deacon Bob is a senior engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA.
DEACON RICHARD CRONICAN Deacon Dick was ordained in the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona in April of 1976. His secular employment led him to Michigan, Nebraska and Pennsylvania. He served as deacon in each of those states. In 1987 he moved to the Diocese of Arlington and was assigned to St. John the Evangelist Parish in Warrenton. He served there for 15 years. In 2002, with the assistance of Bishop Loverde, Deacon Dick moved to the Diocese of New Ulm where he served as Pastoral Administrator to a rural Minnesota parish. He has now returned to the Arlington Diocese and has been assigned to St. Jude Parish. Deacon Dick and his late wife Dana were married for over 50 years. They have three children, Kim and Kelly (twins) and son Timothy.
HELEN HUFF, BUSINESS MANAGER Helen and her family moved to Fredericksburg in 2003 just as St. Jude was formed. She volunteered as a catechist and in the Religious Education office prior to working at St. Jude. She took her current position in March 2014.
NANCY SIMMS DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
CELESTE O’LEARY, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Celeste, her husband Dennis, and their three children have lived in Fredericksburg since 1993. They were members of St. Mary’s for ten years and joined St. Jude when it was formed in 2003. She has taught Religious Education classes for many years, both at St. Mary’s and now at St. Jude. With Dennis, she has also been active in Knights of Columbus and other parish organizations. Since her children are all grown now, a part-time job at St. Jude filled a need for her and the parish.
COURTNEY LEON, OFFICE MANAGER Courtney moved to Fredericksburg in the fall of 2013 and began attending Mass at St. Jude Church shortly thereafter. She loves working with the wonderful people who work and volunteer at St. Jude’s.
TANYA RAWSON, SACRISTAN Tanya Rawson has been a parishioner at St. Jude’s since its early days and moved to the sacristan ministry in the fall of 2015. Prior to that she served as a Eucharistic Minister. Ms. Rawson grew up Catholic, largely in northern Virginia parishes, and has a special interest in the lives of the saints.
LINDA HILDEBRAND, SACRISTAN was born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, PA and received a BS in Computer Science and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. She moved to Fredericksburg with her husband Greg and their five children in 1997. They were members of St Matthew’s before joining St Jude a few months after the mission was formed. She is a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and teaches Faith Formation. Linda is also very active in the Birthright ministry, and serves on the Parish Finance Committee here at St Jude.
JAY DOWNING, HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH CO-MINISTER Jay grew up in Seattle WA and made the long trip back to Fredericksburg VA in the fall of 1990 to learn about computers. His plan was to be here for a couple of years and then move back to Seattle to work for Microsoft or Nintendo. God had other plans; Jay met his future wife Beth during that time and the rest is history. They were married at St. Patrick’s here in Spotsylvania County in 1998. They have two beautiful children, Jordan and Jacob. Jay has coached soccer in the area for 10 years and fueled his passion to instruct children. In 2007, Jay took a leap of faith and decided to help with Religious Education. This experience has helped him grow in his faith more than he could ever imagine. He is always amazed at how much he can learn from out youth, when he is supposed to be the teacher. Jay helps as an Usher and Eucharistic Minister. He and Jeremy Bolich now head up the High School Youth Ministry here at St. Jude.
JEREMY BOLICH, HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH CO- MINISTER Jeremy grew up in Lewisburg, PA . He attended East Carolina University receiving his degree in music (voice is his instrument). His intention was to travel back home and possibly head off to New York to perform. God had other plans; Jeremy met his future wife Christy during his final semester at ECU. They were married at St. Mary’s here in Fredericksburg in 1997. They have 4 very active boys: Blaise, Noah, Gabriel and Elijah. Jeremy is extremely active in coaching the boys travel baseball teams and volunteering with the High School Marching band. He now travels up North each day as a contractor for various Government agencies. Jeremy helps as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister, he is also a 4th degree Knight with St. Jude’s Knights of Columbus organization. He and Jay Downing now head up the High School Youth Ministry here at St. Jude.