Fr. Christopher Pollard was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and grew up in Annandale, attending Fairfax County Public Schools until high school at Bishop Ireton. He received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and then began studies at the Notre Dame Institute, which eventually led to a Master’s in Catechetics. His first year in the seminary concluded with a Licentiate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America. After seminary formation at the Pontifical North American College, he returned home with an S.T.L. in Fundamental Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
He was ordained a priest in 1998, and has served at St. Mark Church in Vienna, St. Agnes Church in Arlington, St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal, as well as St. Isidore the Farmer Church in Orange. From 2009 to 2012, he worked in New York City as Attaché in the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. Currently he is Pastor of St. John the Beloved Church in McLean.
Scrupulosity and Other Ailments of the Devout
The closer we grow to God, the more we appreciate that sin is such a terrible offense against Him. However, it is possible to be so focused on the offense of sin that we don’t appreciate the great mercy and grace God gives us. Learn how important prudence and grace are in our efforts to grow closer to God.