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. David McGuigan, S.M., the Associate Pastor, assists the Pastor in promoting and administering the sacramental life of the parish. Celebrating Sunday liturgies would be the most evident example of the this task, along with hearing confessions, baptizing infants, visiting the sick and witnessing marriages.
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).
Maria Klicpera is the Parish Administrator. Maria has been a member of the St. Joseph staff since 2001. In May 2007, she became the Business Manager. As the Business Manager, Maria is responsible for the financial management, stewardship, development, human resources, information technology, and facilities management of the parish. In July 2010, she became the Parish Administrator taking on the additional responsibilities for internal and external communication and parish planning. Maria believes that sound business practices are fundamental to good stewardship. She works in conjunction with the Finance Commission to promote faithful stewardship of the parish finances. She also works with the Facilities Supervisor and the Facilities Commission to assure that the campus is functional, safe, available and inviting. Maria brings with her over 25 years of experience in the business world. Before her role as Parish Administrator and Business Manager, Maria served our parish community as the Director of Religious Education and as a member of the Pastoral Administration Team. She is also an active member of the parish serving as a Eucharistic Minister, Confirmation Catechists, and member of a Small Christian Community.
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 College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore. This fall she began working on her Master of Divinity studies at 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 5th grade and grades 6–8th. 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.
Ann Schwartz is the Pastoral Associate for Youth & Young Adult Ministry.
Fr. John Worgul is the Pastoral Associate for Evangelization and Adult Formation.
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 Assistant to the Pastor. She has served the Archdiocese of Baltimore in various capacities over the past 10 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 receive visitors who come into the parish with various needs, and direct them to the appropriate staff person. She serves as bulletin editor and maintains the parish database. In addition, she assists the Office Manager with the many various tasks and projects which are integral to the smooth running of the Parish Office on a daily basis.
Theresa Golden is the Administrative Assistant for Liturgy & Music.
Doris Gallagher is 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