The Rev. John Douglas Vail, 58, the pastor of Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Issue, Md., who was a past chaplain of Prince George's General Hospital and who had served for a decade as an Air Force chaplain, died of cancer Jan. 7 at Civista Medical Center in La Plata.

Father Vail, who was born in Takoma Park, was a graduate of Gonzaga College High School. He studied for the priesthood at St. Charles College in Catonsville and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained in 1967.

He was an associate pastor at St. Mary of the Assumption in Upper Marlboro and then St. Bernard in Riverdale before serving as chaplain at Prince George's Hospital from 1980 to 1982. After serving as associate pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Silver Spring from 1982 to 1985, he spent a year as parochial administrator of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Gaithersburg.

From 1986 to 1996, he served in the Air Force in this country and Turkey and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He then served as associate pastor of St. Aloysius Parish in Leonardtown until 1997 when he became pastor of Holy Ghost Parish.

Father Vail also had served as chaplain of the Prince George's County Firemen's Association from 1973 to 1983, and as chaplain of Holy Ghost Council No. 11484 of the Knights of Columbus in 1997 and 1998.

He leaves no immediate survivors.