St. Joseph Catholic Community is a parish in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Priest and brothers of the religious order called the Society of Mary or the Marianists have served the parish community since 1981.
Office phone numbers and email addresses are available on the Parish Office page.
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.
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.
Nora Rozelle is the Director of Religious Education. Prior to this ministry, Nora served for four years as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. Joseph parish in Cockeysville, MD. Nora received her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore. She also has a Masters in Theological Studies from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC. As Director of Religious Education at St. Joseph’s in Eldersburg, Nora oversees religious education programs for children in grades Pre-K through 8th grade and the formation of children and their families for preparation for their first Eucharist. Nora has also served in parishes in Orlando, Florida, Rochester, New York, Boston, Massachusetts, Silver Spring, Maryland. She has experience in the areas of Youth Ministry, Religious Education, RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults), baptism and marriage preparation.
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.
Kathy Reid is the Pastoral Associate for Service, Justice and Life. The ministries under her direction include hunger outreach (four soup kitchens), scripture study at men’s and women’s prisons, distribution of the parishs tithing efforts, social justice concerns and legislative advocacy, Respect Life, rosary-making for missions and soldiers overseas, emergency assistance through the parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Society, global concerns (missions outreach), environmental concerns, and the Alternative Christmas Market. She also coordinates Helpers for the Homebound and participates in cooperation with the Knights of Columbus in the Hammer Ministry, both programs of which are part of the Caring Carroll “Faith in Action” coalition.
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.
Tom Schwartz is the Facilities Supervisor.
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
Cathy Nusbaum is the Baptism Coordinator and
Administrative Assistant for RCIA & Baptism.
Mary Ellen Will is the Secretary for Religious Education