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Meet our Staff

 

Father Bill Keown,  Pastor

Fr. Bill was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Baltimore by Archbishop William Lori at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on June 23, 2018. A native of Kentucky, Fr. Bill served 20 years in the US Navy as a translator of Russian and Arabic languages. His assignments included duty aboard surface ships, submarines, and aircraft with tours in Japan, Bahrain, California, Georgia, Maryland, and Tennessee. His military career brought him to Maryland in 2007, and it was here that he began discerning the call to priesthood after his retirement from the Navy in 2009.

As a seminarian, he served in the parish communities of St. Paul in Ellicott City, the Catholic Community of South Baltimore, the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, St. Ignatius in Hickory, St. Philip Neri in Linthicum, Our Lady of the Fields in Millersville, the Baltimore Basilica, and he served his deacon year at St. Margaret in Bel Air. He attended seminary at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore where he received his Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) degrees.

Fr. Bill’s first assignment was as an associate pastor in the pastorate of St. Louis Parish in Clarksville and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton. Archbishop Lori appointed Fr. Bill as Pastor of Our Lady of Victory and Catholic Chaplain to UMBC on February 15, 2020. In July 2022, Fr. Bill was appointed to serve as the Director of Deacon Formation for the Archdiocese of Baltimore while continuing to serve as Pastor of OLV. 

bill.keown@archbalt.org

Deacon William J. Jauquet 

Coordinator of RCIA/OCIAJauquet, Bill_1_2

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 late wife, Patricia (from Catonsville), have five children and twenty-two grandchildren.  He and Patricia were both grateful for the graces of the charismatic renewal.  Bill enjoys reading and gardening, and welcoming new members into the universal church through the RCIA.

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.

wjauquet@archbalt.org

Deacon Dan Michaud

Coordinator of Marriage Preparation

Whether he is in a church or an airplane, permanent Deacon Daniel Michaud loves to serve God’s people.

In addition to his ministry at Our Lady of Victory in Arbutus, he has the opportunity to encounter 300 to 500 people a day as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, and he aims to make them all positive experiences.

Deacon Michaud was ordained in May 2018, and he is no stranger to the church. A native of Massachusetts, he spent two years in seminary discerning the priesthood in the early 1990s and time as a youth minister at St. Bartholomew in Manchester in the mid-1990s.

He met his wife, Gabrielle, in 1994 at St. Matthew in Northwood. Deacon Michaud proposed the following year in the same church, and the couple was married there in 1996. Their family now includes Jet, Hawker, and twins Alize and Piper. All happen to be aircraft industry names.

dmichaud@olvictory.org

Deacon Dave Ludwikoski

Coordinator of Baptism Preparation

Deacon Dave Ludwikoski spent the last eight years as a deacon at St. Casimir in Canton, along with St. Brigid and St. Elizabeth of Hungary for the last three years.

He is a cradle Catholic, born and raised in an old Polish neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio in the 1960s and ‘70s, and was fortunate to attend Catholic elementary and high schools within walking distance of home.

He attended the University of Toledo, obtaining both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geology in 1987 and 1993. He then worked as an environmental consultant for four years before being laid off and eventually discovering that he needed a slight career change.

Just a few months before I was laid off, he met his wife, Donna. He worked a few short-term jobs, including teaching as an adjunct at two local colleges, but could not find full-time work in the Toledo area, so he landed an FT position at the CCBC Dundalk campus in January 2003 teaching physical science courses. He and Donna married that August, and two years later he transferred to the Catonsville campus, working in the planetarium in addition to teaching. He became a Knight of Columbus in 2006, entered the AOB diaconate program in 2009, and was ordained by Archbishop Lori in 2013. He and Donna moved to Catonsville to be closer to work in 2013. He loves to travel, hike, and stargaze.

dludwikoski@olvictory.org

 

 

Rev. Mr. Paul Kongnyuy, Transitional Deacon

 

Another native of Cameroon, Deacon Paul is also studying to become a priest for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He will spend his deacon year with us at Our Lady of Victory as he prepares for ordination to the priesthood in June of 2023.

Deacon Paul and his identical twin brother, Peter, were not raised in any particular religion. He was attracted to the Catholic faith, however, through the example of teachers and others at his school. He was received in the Catholic Church at age 12, along with his brother. In 2017, Bishop George Nkuo of the Diocese of Kumbo in Cameroon sent the brothers to the United States on a mission as part of an agreement to study theology at a seminary in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Paul was assigned to St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and Peter was assigned to Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg. Deacon Paul and his brother, Fr. Peter Kiamo-oh, now serve in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. 

pkongnyuy@olvictory.org

 

Jim McDonnell, Parish ManagerMcDonnell, Jim_1

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.

jmcdonnell@olvictory.org

Mary Kurek, Director of Music MinistriesKurek, Mary_1

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-to 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 serve as the 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.

mkurek@olvictory.org

Cassandra Palmer, Director of Religious Education

 

Cassandra Palmer has been a professional in youth ministry in the Baltimore Archdiocese since 2003, and it has been her joy to encounter the face of Christ in and with youth on the parish, regional, and Archdiocesan level.   Now, she coordinates catechesis and faith formation for children and teens at Our Lady of Victory.  Cassandra has a BA in Theology from Mount St. Mary’s University and an MA in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.  Parish members at OLV since 2017, Cassandra lives in Catonsville, with her husband and three children.  

cpalmer@olvictory.org

 

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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 sons, Leo and Oliver.

mconney@olvictory.org

 

Kathleen Clark, Parish Secretary   

A native of Baltimore, Kathleen “Kat” was born and raised in the Halethorpe area. Her childhood church was St. Clements in Lansdowne where she received all of her sacraments. Kat has 2 daughters that live away, but when they were young they all came here to OLV. Kat brings a lot to this position. She has a lot of experience working mostly in accounting. She also has 3 years of previous church experience in Episcopal churches. Kat enjoys working with the staff and parishioners here and plans to stay a long time and retire from OLV. She has found her forever job.

kclark@olvictory.org

 

 

 

Jack Pundt, Facilities Manager 

 

jpundt@olvictory.org

 

 

 

 

Chet Pelkowski, SacristanPelkowski, Chet_2

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.

cpelkowsk@aol.com

 

Frank Boettinger, SacristanBoettinger, Frank_2

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 graduate of Mount Saint Joseph High School and the University of Tennessee, who is serving as an officer in the US Navy. Frank enjoys fishing, biking, reading, and walking their Boxer, Coach.

 

Freddie Louden, Sacristan

When not serving as sacristan for weekend Masses at OLV, Freddie is the Piedmont Airlines Director of Stations for the Northeast and DCA. A gifted musician, he has been a fixture on the Baltimore and Washington music scenes for almost thirty years and has constantly and consistently been recruited by bands and artists of note to grace live and studio projects in a wide variety of styles.

 

 

 

 

Andre Harris, Security 

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CW Fishman and Amos Fishman, Pest Control Specialists

CW Fishman (in the window) was adopted by Fr. Bill in March 2020 along with her kitten and apprentice, Amos (relaxing in the chair). They are responsible for pest control in the rectory. Well, CW is anyway…Amos mostly sleeps and steals paper clips from the office staff.