Father Thomas Lehning
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About the Pastor

Fr. Thomas Lehning was born and raised in Arlington County. After seminary studies, he was ordained a priest on December 18, 1970, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. From 1971 to 1980, he served as Associate Pastor in parishes in McLean, Virginia Beach, Dale City, Annandale, and Arlington, VA. Prior to coming to St. Clare’s, he served as Pastor at St. Thomas à Becket Parish, Reston, St. Francis de Sales Parish, Kilmarnock, and Sacred Heart Parish, Manassas, VA.

Fr. Lehning has held a number of diocesan level jobs, most notably as Advocate and Defender of the Bond for the Tribunal of the Diocese of Arlington, and as Priest-moderator for Worldwide Marriage Encounter. He also earned a Ph.D. in theology at the Catholic University of America.