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 and Bachelor of Sacred Theology 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.
William J. Jauquet, Deacon
Coordinator of Sacramental Preparation
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.
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, 18; Hawker, 16; and twins Alize and Piper, 14. All happen to be aircraft industry names.
Dave Ludwikoski, Deacon
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.
Rev. Mr. Maurice Afor, Transitional Deacon
A native of Cameroon, Deacon Maurice is 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 2022.
Before entering seminary, Maurice worked as a professional carpenter for three years and specialized in modern furniture. He realized that God was calling him to the priesthood when he was working for a small firm in the capital city of Cameroon in West Africa.
“The most important thing that attracted me to the priesthood was the joy that is found in serving God’s people. Being chosen from among the people of God to serve as a bridge between God and his people attracted me to the priesthood. My favorite Scripture passage is 1 John 4:16. “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” These words inspire me because it is only in the will of God that one can find the true meaning of life. Therefore, as Augustine puts it so interestingly, “Love God and do whatever you will.” He is aware that our love for God can only motivate us to act in a way that will please him. This is what powers my love for the service in God’s vineyard.”
Tre Bart is a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He will be with us at OLV, participating in the life of our parish community, until the end of July. He will begin his third year of study at Mount St. Mary’s seminary in August 2021.
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 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.
Cassandra Palmer, Coordinator of Religious Education
Cassandra Palmer has been a professional in youth ministry in the Baltimore Archdiocese since her 2003 graduation from Mount Saint Mary’s. For many years, it has been her joy to encounter the face of Christ in and with teenagers on the parish, regional, and Archdiocesan level. Now, she coordinates ministry and faith formation for High School Students at Our Lady of Victory. Parish members at OLV since 2017, Cassandra lives in Catonsville, with her husband and three children.
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.
Shannon was raised in Catonsville in a house overlooking UMBC’s campus, and she grew up attending Our Lady of Victory School and Parish. After graduating from Notre Dame Prep, she went on to attend Villanova University, where in 2016 she both graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts and witnessed the basketball team’s incredible run to the NCAA Championship. After college, she spent a year and a half serving with AmeriCorps at Bethlehem Farm, an intentional Catholic community in Summers County, West Virginia. After a stint as a youth minister here in Baltimore, Shannon joined the OLV staff in fall 2020 and is really excited to be working with the UMBC community (and with Fr. Bill’s cats). Her hobbies include reading, making twine rosaries, and learning the raps to Twenty One Pilots songs. She really enjoys college basketball, hiking, coffee, gardening, and wearing socks with Chacos.
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 prepared young adults for Confirmation. 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. Elizabeth lives in Elkridge with her husband Eduardo and daughter, Andrea. She enjoys volunteering, singing, skiing, Taekwondo, Girl Scouts, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family and pets (2 dogs and a cat).
Bill Bernard, Maintenance Supervisor
Bill and his wife Leila live in Catonsville with their two daughters, Meg and Abby. Bill and his family joined Our Lady of Victory Parish in 2008. He’s a charter member of OLV’s Knights of Columbus Council and is currently serving his 3rd term as Grand Knight, as well as the parish council. Bill served on the Our Lady of Victory School Board from 2015 to 2018. He was the Facilities Manager for the Baltimore Basilica for 14 years and was a member of the design team for its restoration. For 5 years following he was then Director of Facilities for the Maryland Science Center. A graduate of Catonsville Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Traffic and Transportation Management and a Certificate in Occupational Safety & Health Technology. He enjoys building and cabinet making and loves RVing with family and friends.
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.
Fred Louden, Sacristan
Andre Harris, Security
Telik Johnson, Security
CW Fishman and Amos Fishman, Pest Control Specialists
CW Fishman was adopted by Fr. Bill in March 2020 along with her kitten and apprentice, Amos. They are responsible for pest control in the rectory. Well, CW is anyway…Amos mostly sleeps and steals paperclips from the office.