Meet the Staff
REV. JAMES C. HUDGINS, PASTOR Father Hudgins joined St. Jude on June 29, 2011 as Parochial Administrator. He became Pastor on June 26, 2013. If you would like to learn more about Fr. Hudgins, please visit his website, About Fr. Hudgins.
DEACON ROBERT LYONS Deacon Bob was ordained in the Archdiocese of Washington in 2000 and was assigned to St. Peter’s Church in Waldorf, MD. After moving to Virginia he transferred to the Diocese of Arlington and was assigned to St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in 2006. In July 2010, he was transferred to St. Jude. His experience includes teaching RCIA, CCD, and Bible study. He also volunteers as hospital chaplain and visits the nursing home. Deacon Bob and his wife Bonnie celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2009. Their daughter is a student at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School (Class of 2013). Deacon Bob is a senior engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA.
DEACON RICHARD CRONICAN, DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Deacon Dick was ordained in the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona in April of 1976. His secular employment led him to Michigan, Nebraska and Pennsylvania. He served as deacon in each of those states. In 1987 he moved to the Diocese of Arlington and was assigned to St. John the Evangelist Parish in Warrenton. He served there for 15 years. In 2002, with the assistance of Bishop Loverde, Deacon Dick moved to the Diocese of New Ulm where he served as Pastoral Administrator to a rural Minnesota parish. He has now returned to the Arlington Diocese and has been assigned to St. Jude Parish. Deacon Dick and his wife Dana have been married for 50 years. They have three children, Kim and Kelly (twins) and son Timothy.
GEORGE EVANS, DIRECTOR OF SACRED MUSIC George has had a lifelong experience in liturgical music. He started at age 8 in his church’s boys choir. Since then, he has served in various capacities in his music ministry singing, playing the guitar, playing the mandolin, leading congregations as a cantor, directing, and coordinating the music for all different types of liturgies. George has served at St. Jude’s and St. Mary’s in Fredericksburg, and St. Rita’s and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Baltimore, Maryland. He is very appreciative of the opportunity to serve St. Jude’s as the Director of Sacred Music and looks forward to working with the many talented parishioners who want to serve in their music ministry.
HELEN HUFF, BUSINESS MANAGER Helen and her family moved to Fredericksburg in 2003 just as St. Jude was formed. She volunteered as a catechist and in the faith formation office prior to working at St. Jude. She took her current position in March 2014.
NANCY SIMMS, MANAGER OF FAITH FORMATION Nancy, her husband Mike, and their three sons moved to Fredericksburg in 2000. They joined St. Jude Church in 2012. She has been involved in Catholic education for many years as a Catholic homeschool educator, a parent in Catholic schools and as a catechist. Nancy is excited to be a part of the Religious Education program at St. Jude Church and hopes that our youth will be encouraged to follow the words of Saint John Paul II when he said, “Dear young people, let yourselves be taken over by the light of Christ, and spread that light wherever you are.”
CELESTE O’LEARY, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Celeste, her husband Dennis, and their three children have lived in Fredericksburg since 1993. They were members of St. Mary’s for ten years and joined St. Jude when it was formed in 2003. She has taught Faith Formation classes for many years, both at St. Mary’s and now at St. Jude. With Dennis, she has also been active in Knights of Columbus and other parish organizations. Since her children are all grown now, a part-time job at St. Jude filled a need for her and the parish.
NOELLE HARMON, RECEPTIONIST Noelle moved to Fredericksburg in 1990 to attend the University of Mary Washington. She met and married her husband, Jeff, in 1993. They have three children. They were parishioners at St. Mary’s for many years and transferred to St. Jude in 2005. She has volunteered for many years in Catholic schools and is currently the St Jude Middle School Youth Group Leader. Two of her children altar server and her husband and oldest son Usher. Noelle worked at GEICO in Stafford for over 20 years. After semi-retiring, working part time at St. Jude’s is a perfect fit.
COURTNEY LEON, RECEPTIONIST Courtney moved to Fredericksburg in the fall of 2013 and began attending mass at St. Jude Church shortly thereafter. She took the afternoon receptionist job as a way to integrate herself into the St. Jude community. Courtney really enjoys working behind the scenes at community events/activities and was thrilled to join the Social Committee. Courtney is currently a 1st Grade Catechist on Monday nights as well as a new High School Youth Group counselor. She looks forward to meeting and working with the wonderful people who work and volunteer at St. Jude’s.
IRENE THERIAULT, SACRISTAN Al and Irene moved to the Fredericksburg area in 1989 and were St. Mary’s parishioners. Irene started to be involved in the Eucharistic Ministry in 1995. She became a Secular Franciscan in 1996. They moved to Missouri, North Carolina and Pennsylvania before relocating back to Fredericksburg in 2007. Irene became heavily involved with Faith Formation and was a Eucharistic Minister when they joined St. Jude. She has been a Sacristan since 2010.
ROSEMARY BILODEAU, SACRISTAN Rosemary, her husband Don, and their family moved to Fredericksburg in 1989 from Connecticut. They were parishioners of St. Mary’s Church until the formation of St. Jude mission in 2003. Rosemary has been involved in the Eucharistic Minister, Faith Formation, and Youth Group ministries at St. Jude prior to becoming a Sacristan. Rosemary and Don are chairpersons of the Capital Campaign.
NICOLE FLUSCHE, SACRISTAN Nicole and her husband, Andrew, moved to Fredericksburg in 2007. After a brief stint for a pro-life non-profit, Nicole helped Andrew start his own law firm. They moved from St. Mary’s after falling in love with the vibrancy of St. Jude in 2012; Nicole is involved in Faith Formation, Social Committee, and other committees. She also is a graphic designer.
EVA-MARIA KRESS, SACRISTAN Eva-Maria Kress hails from Burke, Virginia, where she settled with her family in 1982 after a decades-long overseas assignment for her late husband, a journalist. Eva-Maria held a job of medical secretary for seven years in the office of an Internist. She then worked for 22 years in the Arlington Diocese. Eva-Maria was Secretary to the Religious Education Office and Parish Secretary at the Churches of Nativity of the Lord in Burke, St. Raymond of Penyafort in Springfield and Queen of Apostles in Alexandria. For many years, Eva-Maria volunteered as Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and Sacristan at the different parishes. In the summer of 2011, Eva-Maria joined St. Jude Parish. She deeply treasures being a Sacristan since March of 2013.
JAY DOWNING, YOUTH GROUP CO-LEADER Jay grew up in Seattle WA and made the long trip back to Fredericksburg VA in the fall of 1990 to learn about computers. His plan was to be here for a couple of years and then move back to Seattle to work for Microsoft or Nintendo. God had other plans; Jay met his future wife Beth during that time and the rest is history. They were married at St. Patrick’s here in Spotsylvania County in 1998. They have two beautiful children, Jordan and Jacob. Jay has coached soccer in the area for 10 years and fueled his passion to instruct children. In 2007, Jay took a leap of faith and decided to help with Religious Education. This experience has helped him grow in his faith more than he could ever imagine. He is always amazed at how much he can learn from out youth, when he is supposed to be the teacher. Jay helps as an Usher and Eucharistic Minister. He and Jeremy Bolich now head up the Youth Group here at St. Jude.