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.
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.
Mary Conney, Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Mary Conney (née Lipscombe) grew up in Catonsville, attending The Lamb of God School and Mount de Sales Academy. In 2013, she graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with undergraduate degrees in theology and clinical psychology. Since her college graduation, Mary has worked in campus ministry, youth ministry, and young adult ministry at different schools and parishes within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In 2017, Mary completed the Life Teen Inc. & Franciscan University of Steubenville youth ministry certification and began freelance writing for “Edge,” Life Teen Inc.’s middle school youth ministry program. Mary lives in Catonsville with her husband Storm and their baby Oliver.
Tessla Babcock, UMBC Campus Ministry Coordinator
Tess entered the Church at Easter in 2013 after a long search for the Truth. She is currently a senior at UMBC studying History with hopes of continuing on to graduate school for Theology. After over 20 years of moving frequently around the country, Tess’s family lives in North Carolina; she is the oldest of 4 children. Her husband, Daniel, is also a student at UMBC, where he studies Biology and Spanish with plans for medical school.
Becky Needham was born and raised in Lansdale, PA, about an hour north of Philadelphia. Growing up she loved art and music, and playing sports – especially softball. Becky attended Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, to study Theology and Religious Education, where she picked up the guitar, praying to become a worship leader and lead people closer to God through music. She is grateful to have served at FUS in music ministry, the Festivals of Praise, retreats, summer conferences, pilgrimages, and still loves sharing this passion with the local Church.
Becky and her husband Trevor dated through college and married shortly after graduation. After several years stationed in Germany and Missouri with the US Army, they are happy to be back on the east coast near family and friends. Trevor is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at UMBC. They are loving life in Catonsville with their three kiddos: John Paul, Clare and Joshua.
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.