BIOGRAPHY OF REV. DONALD J. PLANTY, JR., J.C.D., M.A.
Father Donald J. Planty, Jr., was born in 1966 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to parents originally from New York, his father from Upstate New York and his mother from New York City. His parents, two brothers, sister-in-law and two nephews currently reside in Northern Virginia.
Since his father was in the U.S. Foreign Service, Father Planty grew up living in Panama, Chile, Mexico, Italy, and Spain, attending American overseas schools; when stateside, home was Reston, Virginia, where he attended public schools. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1988 with a B.A. in Government and French, having spent his Junior Year of college at the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France, and having been elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Father Planty attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, receiving an M.Div. in 1992, the year he was ordained a deacon, and an M.A. in Theology in 1993. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, in 1993, and subsequently served as Parochial Vicar at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington, Virginia, from 1993-1995, and as Parochial Vicar and Director of Religious Education at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia, from 1995-1996.
From 1996-2000 Father Planty studied at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome, Italy, to prepare for the diplomatic service of the Holy See; at the same time, he studied for and received a J.C.D. (Doctor of Canon Law) degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, writing his dissertation on The Law of the Church and the Building of Churches: Canon 1216 and Sacred Architecture. He had Summer internships in the Secretariat of State in Vatican City in 1998, and at the Apostolic Nunciature in Cairo, Egypt in 1999. Fr. Planty worked as the Secretary (Deputy Head of Mission) of the Apostolic Nunciature in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2000-2003, a post which also covered Eritrea, Djibouti, and the African Union.
In 2003, Father Planty left the diplomatic service of the Holy See to return to pastoral work in his diocese, and was assigned as Parochial Vicar and Director of Religious Education at Holy Family Parish in Dale City, Virginia, from 2003-2005, where he later became Adminstrator, then Pastor, from 2005-2010. He also served as Chaplain for the local council of the Knights of Columbus, and as a Chaplain for the Prince William County Police Department. From 2010-2014 Father Planty served as Head Chaplain of Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. He became Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in 2014.
Father Planty is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian, proficient in ecclesiastical Latin, and conversational in Amharic. He enjoys sacred art, an eclectic variety of music, hiking, classic movies, cooking and travel.
BIOGRAPHY OF REV. Richard dyer
Father Dyer is the eldest son of Dick and Justine Dyer. His father was a career C-130 pilot in the U.S. Air Force and his mother was a Licensed Practical Nurse and homemaker. He has an older sister, Debby, who lives in Spotsylvania, VA and is married with two kids; a younger brother and sister—Mike, who lives in Avon, CT with his wife and two children; and Renee, who lives in Gainesville, VA with her husband and two children.
Fr. Dyer graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA and is an avid Notre Dame sports fan. Between his Notre Dame studies he served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB where he was the Deputy Program Manager of a performance enhancement program for the F-16’s gas-turbine engine. After MBA school, he was a Vice President for an Independent Power Producer and was responsible for a portfolio of geothermal power facilities while also working with other renewable power technologies and trying to grow the company through new business development.
He attended Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, where he received a Master of Divinity and a Masters of Theology in Systematic Theology, graduating in 2012. Fr. Dyer has been assigned to Blessed Sacrament in Alexandria the past four years where he was very active with the school, with young adult ministry, with the Knights of Columbus, and with men’s, women’s and couple’s groups. He has been an avid long distance runner and loves to hike and to play basketball. The priesthood has not been kind to his fitness, however, so he is working on getting back into aerobic shape.