Father Peter J. Reynierse
HEADMASTER (Commander, U.S. Navy – Retired)
Rev. Peter Reynierse, a native of Missouri, enlisted in the Navy in 1962 and served in California, Vietnam, Virginia, at sea, and Florida between 1962 and 1970. Honorably discharged in 1970, he immediately entered the Episcopal Theological Seminary in (Lexington) Kentucky, graduating with the Master of Divinity degree in 1973. He was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 1973; served as associate pastor in New Jersey (’73-’74) and as a parish pastor in Pennsylvania from 1974-1988.
In 1978 he received a Navy commission as a public affairs officer (LTJG).
In 1988, he was recalled to active naval service to serve on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (Naval Reserve) in the Pentagon. His duties included a key role in the recall of over 57,000 Naval Reservists during Operation Desert Storm. For his contributions to support the families of recalled reservists, the Secretary of the Navy awarded him the Meritorious Service Medal, a Presidential Award.
From 1992 to 1995 he served on the staff of the Under Secretary of the Navy. He also served as Navy liaison to the Vice President’s National Performance Review, the Federal Quality Institute, and other federal agencies. He retired from the Navy in 1998 with the rank of Commander.
In 1990 he and his wife, Julianne, joined the Roman Catholic Church. He applied for ordination to the Catholic priesthood under the Holy See’s Pastoral Provision for former Episcopal clergy. In 1995 he was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood by James Cardinal Hickey, Archbishop of Washington (DC) and served on the archdiocesan staff as Director of the Permanent Diaconate, and Assistant to the Secretary for Clergy; Administrator of Holy Spirit Parish in Forrestville, MD; Chaplain to the Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington, DC; and pastoral duties at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Rockville, MD as Director of Adult Education, and later as Director of Special Ministries supporting families with family members with disabilities. In 2006 he retired from active priestly ministry.
He and his wife of 55 years have three adult children, 14 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Father Reynierse has been a prominent advocate for children with disabilities, their families, and disability rights and inclusion issues. He is a frequent editorial and Op-Ed contributor on defense and government issues to numerous publications, including Stars and Stripes, The Hill, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
His achievements include establishment of Families Together-National Capital Region; concept and grant development for the first cancer hospice in the U.S., St. Agnes’ House in Lexington, Ky.; service as head of the Interboro School District-Villanova University-U.S. Teacher Corps K-12 career education pilot program; receipt of the Prospect Park (PA) Distinguished Community Service Award; and citation by the State of Pennsylvania House of Representatives for leadership and community service. He has numerous service awards from the Army, Navy, and the Knights of Columbus. Most recently he served on the Pastoral Advisory Committee of U.S. Rep. Dave Brat.
Father and Mrs. Reynierse moved to Lake of the Woods (near Fredericksburg, Virginia) in 2009. He has priestly Faculties in both the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington (VA). In retirement he provides clerical assistance to St. Patrick Catholic Church and St. Jude Catholic Church, and also serves, pro bono, as Headmaster of St. Michael the Archangel High School in Fredericksburg, VA.
DIRECTOR OF ACADEMICS
Mr. Richard hails from a family tree full of teachers dating back to the early 1900s. He grew up in King George, Virginia but has traveled extensively in the United States. While Mr. Richard has held a variety of jobs from Donut Maker, to Security Guard, to Shipping Clerk, he has recently fallen in love with teaching and hopes to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of all of his students.
In his free time, Mr. Richard likes to read, write, watch tv, dabble in leather working and video editing, and shop for antique cars. While he only knows enough Spanish and French to get a glass of water, he is fluent in both dad jokes and sarcasm. Mr. Richard is married to a fellow educator and has one son and one daughter.
● Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Minor in History (Edinboro University of
● Masters of Information Systems (University of Phoenix, 2010)
● Career Switcher Program (Virginia Commonwealth University, 2023)
● Virginia Department of Education Postgraduate Professional License (Endorsements: English; History and Social Sciences)
Mrs. Bruggeman is a native of Virginia and graduated from Bluefield University with a BS in Organizational Management and Developmental Leadership. She lives in Fredericksburg with her husband of 30 years. They share three children together and two of which has graduated from SMHS. Mrs. Bruggeman has been with Saint Michael’s for seven years and enjoys her position as the school’s Registrar along with her administrative responsibilities. She also enjoys coaching the cheer team at SMHS. Tina and her family have been parishioners at Saint Patrick Catholic Church since 2005. Before being employed at SMHS she worked for MARCORSYSCOM in Quantico, VA as a Contract Specialist.