“If a school is excellent as an academic institution, but does not witness to authentic values, then both good pedagogy and concern for pastoral care make it obvious that renewal is called for – not only in the content and methodology of religious instruction, but in the overall school planning which governs the whole process of formation of the students.”
~The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School
The Chaplaincy Program at Peninsula Catholic includes Fr. Nick Redmond, the Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as Chaplain. Fr. Nick Redmond attended Catholic schools his whole life in Silver Spring, MD. He then went to the University of Virginia where he earned a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry and Spanish. He remained at UVA for two additional years, earning a Master's of Teaching in Foreign Language Education. He then taught Spanish at a public school in Charlottesville for ten years. In the summer of 2011, God made it clear that he should apply to seminary. He was accepted by the Diocese of Richmond and studied at Theological College at the Catholic University of America in Washington, earning a Master's in Divinity and the Pontifical Bachelor's in Sacred Theology. Fr. Redmond was ordained a priest by His Excellency Bishop Barry Knestout on June 2, 2018, in Richmond. He is very excited to be able to return to Peninsula Catholic as Chaplain and hopes to work hard to serve the school community's spiritual needs.
Father Redmond along with Deacon Dan Johnson, also from OLMC, offers a regular pastoral presence at the school, presiding at liturgies, assisting with classroom instruction, collaborating with retreat teams, and assisting with all spiritual needs of the school. Fr. Redmond presides at Mass each week, typically on Wednesday at 8:00 AM (check calendar for changes). He is also available for Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation twice a month.