Fr. John, the third of four children of Greg and Carol Rapisarda, was raised in Bel Air, MD, and went to St. Margaret grade school and John Carroll high school. In 2000, he graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a bachelor’s in history. Growing up in the faith and having that nurtured in college, Fr. John discerned his vocation in his senior year of college. He went to St. Vincent and Mt. St. Mary’s Seminaries, and was ordained in 2008.
In 2003, Fr. John’s Dad was ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The following year, his Mom was diagnosed with cancer. After an almost two-year battle, Carol died in 2006. In August of 2008, Fr. John’s Dad entered St. Mary’s Seminary, and was ordained a priest in 2010. They are the first father-son duo in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Fr. John’s first assignment was Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Essex. In 2011, he was assigned as both Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the Chaplain for Catholic Campus Ministry at UMBC.
A lifelong parishioner of St. Stephen’s Parish in Bradshaw, Maryland and an alumnus of Loyola Blakefield in Towson, Father Laws has always had a passion for athletics, enjoying wrestling, soccer, football and rugby. He has coached rugby at the high school and collegiate levels. Also active in the Boy Scouts of America, he reached the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduating from college, he taught religion at The John Carroll School in Bel Air. He began priestly formation following a period of discernment that included spiritual retreats, service projects and practicing the Spiritual Exercises developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Fr. Josh was ordained last summer, and comes to us with a myriad of ministry experience – not only in several years teaching at John Carroll High School in Bel Air, but also studying spirituality in Rome, serving with a host of charitable organizations, and much more.
William J. Jauquet, Permanent Deacon
Born in Green Bay and raised in a little town in northern Wisconsin (there were four people in his grade and three grades in a room), Bill moved to Maryland in 1965 to take his first teaching job. He and his wife, Patricia (from Catonsville), have five children and twenty-two grandchildren. He and Patricia are both grateful for the graces of the charismatic renewal. Bill enjoys reading and gardening and is currently teaching part time at St. Mark School.
At his wife’s suggestion, Bill applied to the deacon program. Ordained in 1996 by Cardinal Keeler, he has been assigned to OLV ever since. Bill enjoys working with RCIA candidates and catechumens, liturgy planning, and preaching.
Gloria Smith, Director of Religious Education
A Baltimore native, Gloria has been the Director of Religious Education here since 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Towson State University in 1974 and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1994. Gloria is the mother of one adult daughter, one British son-in-law and grandmother of four adorable British grandchildren. She often says her ministry is a blessing to her!
Mary Kurek, Director of Music Ministries
Mary has been a member of the parish since she was a first-grader. She started volunteering with the music ministry as a sixth-grader, and has been involved with music at the parish ever since. Mary attended OLV school for 6 through 8th grade, and graduated in 1985. A graduate of The Seton Keough High School, The College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Roland Park, Mary enjoys learning, teaching the faith, and singing God’s praises. A member of many committees and outreaches at OLV over the years, Mary was hired to direct the Children’s Choir in 2007, and continues to this day. She served as the ARE for the parish from 2008-2014, primarily directing the Confirmation Program. In 2013, at Fr. Tim’s request, she began the Junior Choir for young people in 5th through 8th grade. She is excited to become the new Director of Music Ministries at OLV and prays that God will bless her efforts on behalf of the people of Our Lady of Victory Church.
Jim McDonnell, Parish Manager
Jim McDonnell has been a member of OLV parish since 1989. His wife, Pat Quinn McDonnell, grew up in the parish. Their children have attended OLV school and are now adults and out on their own. Jim began working as a part-time church Business Manager in 1999 and full-time in 2001. Since then, he has served in three parishes, with two tours here at Our Lady of Victory. With reductions in the number of priests and religious, the modern church must rely more on lay employees to operate on a day to day basis. The business aspects of running a parish are best handled by someone with business training and experience. This frees up the Pastor to focus on the spiritual needs of the parish. Contact Jim via the Parish Office.
Elizabeth Aviles, Parish Secretary
Elizabeth was born and raised in Puerto Rico, along with two older sisters. Raised in the Catholic Church, her mother taught catechism for over 15 years and her aunt still prepares young adults for Confirmation in Puerto Rico. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Psychology minor from the University of Miami in 1997. In 2008 she moved to Colorado, where she was a catechist at her local church, a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and worked as Admin Assistant at the local fire station. She recently moved to Maryland in September 2015. She has been married to Eduardo for 7 years; they have one daughter, Andrea. Elizabeth enjoys singing, skiing, exercising, Girl Scouts, hiking and spending time with her family and pets (2 cats and a dog).
Chet Pelkowski, Sacristan
Born and raised in Arbutus, Maryland, Chet Pelkowski has been a member of Our Lady of Victory Parish since the early 1990s. After attending a Life In the Spirit Seminar in the mid-1990s, Chet became active in many programs and ministries at our parish. He’s a lector, Eucharistic minister, RCIA catechist and a member of the Our Lady of Victory Knights of Columbus Council. Since Chet is one of the two Sacristans at our parish, you’ll see him around quite often. Normally, he’ll lead a Communion Service at our Parish on Wednesday mornings.
Frank Boettinger, Sacristan
Frank is a Baltimore native and came to Our Lady of Victory Parish in1998 from Saint Joseph Monastery Parish. He has been married for 18 years to Jeanine; they have one son, Alex, a Junior at Mount Saint Joseph High School. Frank enjoys fishing, biking, reading, and walking their Boxer, Coach.