Fr. Neville O’Donohue, S.M., Pastor, is a native Irishman who moved to work in the USA in August 2010. A Marianist for twenty-five years, Neville had taught high school and been a youth minister before arriving in Eldersburg to be involved in parish ministry. As Pastor, he takes particular interest in pastoral planning, spiritual direction, and enjoys his involvement in our spiritual book club. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and for recreation enjoys listening to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He lives with the Marianist Community in the Parrish Park section of Eldersburg.
Fr. John Worgul is the Pastoral Associate for Evangelization and Adult Formation. Fr John arrived at St. Joseph after a long journey to the Catholic Church. Born and raised in an evangelical home, he studied Bible at a Baptist college, attended a Presbyterian seminary, and studied Hebrew Bible in a Jewish graduate school. For the greater part of his career, he taught biblical studies and spiritual formation in a Protestant seminary. From his Hebraic studies, reading the Church Fathers and spiritual masters, he grew more and more sacramental in his world view. This lead Fr. John and his wife Kathy with their two children Abigail and Jeremy to become members of an Anglican community modeled on Benedictine rule, where they lived for 9 years. There he became an Anglican Priest. Finally, in 2012 he and his family became Catholics through the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a “house,” so to speak, created by Pope Benedict XVI for Anglicans that preserves their patrimony and traditions. Fr. John was ordained a priest in 2013, came on staff at St. Joseph in 2014, and is responsible for evangelization and adult formation.
Fr. Cris Janson was born in Saint Louis Missouri. Fr. Cris completed undergraduate studies at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio Texas. He completed seminary formation with the Jesuits at Saint Louis University. He was ordained as a Marianist in Saint Louis in 1973. He then taught High School in Victoria Texas, Milwaukee, Fort Worth, and Chicago. He spent sixteen years in Mexico, encouraging new vocations. He was pastor at Holy Rosary parish in San Antonio for 11 years. Last year, he did a sabbatical in Rome and in Berkeley California. This year, he was appointed associate Pastor at Saint Joseph.
Deacon Michael Dvorak joined St. Joseph Catholic Community in July of 2011, after being ordained on May 14, 2011. Deacon Mike has been married to his wife, Kim, for 16 years and has two children: Abigail and Andrew. They have lived in Westminster for 15 years, attending St. John Church, where his children are presently in school. Deacon Mike is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently working for the Department of Defense National Security Agency in their Employee Assistance Service, specializing in treating addictive behaviors, marital counseling, critical incident intervention, workplace violence, post-traumatic stress and suicide awareness and prevention. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and McDaniel College undergraduate social work departments teaching a course in addictive behavior patterns. Last year, he was appointed as an adjunct at St. Mary’s Seminary in Roland Park where he teaches a course in Pastoral Theology. Deacon Mike is a Fourth Degree Knight and past Grand Knight of Council 1393 in Westminster. His spirituality began and is rooted in Franciscan Theology and he has a deep love in working with couples and strengthening marriages. He currently runs the pre-Cana program at Sacred Heart Parish in Glyndon and is working with our Sponsor Couple Program here at St. Joseph. He is hoping to expand and offer programs to strengthen marriages, relationships and families.
Deacon Vito S. Piazza Sr. is a Deacon at St. Joseph Catholic Community. A parishioner since 1996 and a graduate of The College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a BA in Religious Studies and minors in Philosophy and Latin American Studies Vito coordinates these sacramental programs with the help of many wonderful, devoted and dedicated volunteers. Vito is also a Lay Affiliate of the Society of Mary, (The Marianists).
Karen Spivey is the Director of Mission Support. Karen has been an active member of St. Joseph since April, 1986 when she moved to Eldersburg with her husband. She has been a member of the staff since January, 2018. As the Director of Mission Support, Karen is responsible for the financial management, stewardship, development, human resources, information technology, and facilities management of the parish. She believes that a strong foundation is needed for our parish to carry out its mission of embracing the Gospel, celebrating the sacraments, sharing our faith and creating a spiritual home for our neighbors. Karen brings over 25 years of experience in the business world. Before her role as Director of Mission Support, Karen served our parish community as a catechist, service team member for Small Christian Communities, youth ministry advisor and, most recently, Corporator. Karen and her husband, Chuck, raised four children, and continue to be active members of our parish.
Bruce Baumgarten is the Director of Mission. Bruce holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Georgetown University, a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Fordham University and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in Youth Ministry from Loyola University Chicago. His career began in parish youth ministry and progressed through service at the diocesan and national levels in religious education, leadership development, ministry management, digital communications, web design, and e-learning—always in the pastoral sphere. He has held positions in the Archdiocese of Louisville, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC, the Maryland Province Jesuits, and the Washington Theological Union. Most recently, he served as the director of technology for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry from 2010-2017.Bruce was born and raised in New Jersey and has been married for thirty-one years to Kathy Carver. They reside in Laurel, MD. Bruce and Kathy are the proud parents of a young adult daughter, Christine Baumgarten, who is preparing for her marriage in 2019.
Lyle D. Peters is the Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Music (P.A.L.M) at SJCC and joined the ministry team in August, 2015. Most recently, he moved to Maryland following 11½ years of ministry and service as the Director of Music Ministries at St. Patrick Catholic Church in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Lyle works with the clergy, staff, and volunteers to provide spiritually meaningful and quality liturgies and music to the parish. He converted to the Catholic Church in 1989 and has served in both musical and pastoral ministries since his conversion. Lyle’s degrees include: Master of Arts–Music Performance (Composition) from CSU Fresno; Master of Divinity & Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology from University of St. Mary of the Lake; and, Bachelor of Music from Oral Roberts University.
Biji (pronounced B. G.) James is the Coordinator of the Ministry to the Sick and Bereaved. She grew up in Bluefield, WV and moved to Maryland in 1991. She attended West Virginia University for her B. S. in Animal & Veterinary Science, Towson University for her M. A. in Clinical Psychology and Loyola University for a Certificate of Advanced Study in Pastoral Counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has a private mental health practice in Burtonsville, MD. Biji is the facilitator of the two ongoing bereavement groups at SJCC. Please look under the heading Outreach for more information. She also coordinates the visits of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the homebound and to the nursing facilities in the area.
Lauren Glass serves part-time as the Accountant. She has been in the position for six years. Lauren’s previous work experience includes public accounting and eleven+ years in the Finance Department of LifeBridge Health. As the accountant, she is responsible for maintaining the general ledger and producing the financial statements for the parish. She provides financial reports and related information to the Business Manager, Staff, Pastor, Finance Committee, and the Archdiocese of Baltimore on a regular basis. Lauren also coordinates the annual budget preparation process. She monitors the parish ministry’s actual performance versus budget throughout the fiscal year. Lauren, her husband, and her three sons are parishioners here at St. Joseph and are active in religious education and youth ministry program.
Meghan Snyder is our Parish Secretary and Administrative Assistant to the Pastor. She has served the Archdiocese of Baltimore in various capacities over the past 20 years. Prior to this ministry, she served as an Ecclesiastical Notary for the Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She has also served as Religious Education Secretary and Parish Administrative Assistant for Holy Family Parish in Randallstown, and has also served as Youth Ministry Secretary at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville. Meghan is happy to assist parishioners with various needs.
Doris Gallagher is the Confirmation Coordinator and the Administrative Assistant for Youth Ministry. She coordinates the Confirmation Preparation process for teenagers at St. Joseph. A parishioner since 1970 and a long-time youth ministry volunteer, Doris has a great degree of familiarity with the parish and our youth ministry program. She and her husband, Danny Gallagher, have a particular fondness for Confirmation prep, having volunteered as retreat leaders and catechists as their own children prepared for the Sacrament. With numerous years of experience as a mother and home educator of her seven children, home school co-op coordinator, high school teacher, parish volunteer, and wife of a man deeply committed to various ministries in our parish, Doris brings a unique perspective to her role on staff.
Cathy Nusbaum serves as the baptism coordinator, VIRTUS coordinator, bulletin editor, administrative assistant for Fr. John Worgul, and the business office and is the employee liaison for the 150th Jubilee Celebration. She has worked at SJCC for almost six years. Her responsibilities including scheduling children for baptism, working with volunteers in our church as part of our protection of youth and children, and working with the 150th committee in organizing our celebrations. In addition she supports Fr. John with his work with evangelization and the welcome committee. Cathy lives in the community with her parents, who she cares for and has been a parishioner here at SJCC for her entire life.
Madeline Jones directs the RCIA and works in Evangelization and Adult Faith Formation. She has been a parishioner since 2001. While her background is in Scientific Research, Education, and Executive Training, she has been involved in the parish with everything from children’s ministry to adult connect groups to the Parish Pastoral Council. So if you want some classes on our faith, or wish to learn how to understand the Mass better, or you haven’t been to Confession in a while and need some encouragement, or you just need to learn how to pray, please contact her. She also directs the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), so if you want to be baptized, or if you are baptized in another Christian denomination, or if you are a baptized Catholic and need to complete some of your Sacraments, please contact her. What she does for the community is simple: People want to get to know God more. So she helps them come up with a plan to transform their lives by embracing life in Jesus and becoming bold enough to reflect His light in the world.
Scott Link is the coordinator of Youth Ministry. He has 10 years of experience in Youth ministry. He graduated from Calvert Hall in ’99 and Lynchburg College in ’03. He was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame for lacrosse at Lynchburg and still plays weekly with Severn River Lacrosse Club in Annapolis. His favorite saying is “In coelo quies est” (Latin) or “In Heaven there is rest.”
Bill Lantry is the Digital Media Coordinator
Tom Schwartz is the Facilities Supervisor.