Arlington Diocese’s Bishop Michael Burbidge has assigned Fr. Marcus Pollard as the new head chaplain at Christendom College. Fr. Pollard’s assignment began in July, and he will con-celebrate the college’s Mass of the Holy Spirit, which officially opens the new academic year, with Bishop Burbidge on August 20.
Fr. Pollard was born in Frankfurt, West Germany, on Dec. 22, 1962, to David and Ilse Pollard. He has three brothers, including Fr. Christopher Pollard, who currently serves as pastor of St. John the Beloved Church in McLean, Virginia.
He attended public school in Fairfax County, graduating from Oakton High School in Vienna in 1981. Fr. Pollard received a bachelor’s degree from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, then continued his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. His diaconate assignment was at St. Luke Parish in McLean.
He was ordained by Bishop John R. Keating on May 19, 1990, and was named parochial vicar of Holy Family Church in Dale City. Fr. Pollard served as parochial vicar of St. John the Evangelist Church in Warrenton from June 1994-96, and St. Louis Church in Alexandria from 1996-99.
He was named administrator of the newly-formed St. Veronica Church in Chantilly in 1999. He served as pastor of St. Veronica until 2007. From 2007 until 2011, he served as parochial vicar of St. Bernadette Church in Springfield, and then served as parochial vicar at St. John the Apostle in Leesburg from June 2011 until October 2011. From 2011 until 2012, Father Pollard served as administrator of Queen of Apostles Church in Alexandria. He served as parochial vicar of St. Mary Church in Alexandria from 2012 until 2014, when he became pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Falls Church.
Fr. Pollard has been a spiritual director in the Legion of Mary, and also spearheaded evangelization efforts for the diocese as chairman of the Evangelization Committee of the Priests’ Council.
He wrote a series of articles for the Arlington Catholic Herald in 1999 on evangelization, leading to the diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington that year.
Fr. Pollard replaces former chaplain Fr. Stephen McGraw, who has been assigned to the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic.