Father James C. Bruse has been pastor of St. Francis de Sales for the past 16 years.
time in Kilmarnock, he's
seen the population increase greatly.
Today, many parishioners are retirees who have moved to the area from Northern Virginia.
The average parishioner is 77 years old.
"With the Northern Virginia churches, they're very busy, very active, very work-a-day," Father Bruse
According to Father Bruse
, that is what makes the parish special - the willingness of parishioners to dive in and get involved with the community's spiritual and social life.
"My favorite thing would be the love that people have for the Lord," Father Bruse
For the first 12 years of his
assignment, Father Bruse
would drive the 40 miles each way every week for Mass.
has been such a great pastor for the last 16 years," Hull said.
Pastor: Fr. James C. Bruse