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Reverend Steven Oetjen

Parochial Vicar

  • 703-532-8815

Fr. Steven Oetjen (pronounced ate-jen) is one of the newest priests of our diocese. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Burbidge on June 10, 2017 and St. James is his first assignment as a parochial vicar. A native of Northern Virginia, he attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Alexandria and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.  He studied engineering at Carnegie Mellon and spent time at the Newman Center, where he found friends living joyful, virtuous lives, and an inspirational example in the priests of the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Eucharistic Adoration gave him great solace.

Eventually, he discerned a call to the priesthood and entered the seminary after completing his undergraduate degree. He studied for two years at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary before transferring to the Pontifical North American College in Rome at Bishop Loverde’s request. During his years as a seminarian, he experienced a variety of parish settings by serving at St. Catherine of Siena, St Mary of Sorrows, St. Timothy, and Sacred Heart in Winchester. Now at St. James, Fr. Oetjen leads our youth ministry with a team of parishioners and provides the sacraments to homebound parishioners and those who live at Chesterbrook. He also supports our emerging young adult community, the scouting ministries, CYO, the Legion of Mary and our Pro-Life Group.