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Meet the Pastor and Clergy

Meet the Pastor and Clergy

Our Pastor, Very Rev. Patrick Woods, C.Ss.R.

Father Patrick Woods is a native of Brooklyn, New York, raised in the parish of the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. After making his first vows as a Redemptorist in 1968, Father Woods attended St. Alphonsus College in Suffield, Connecticut, majoring in philosophy, and received his final four years of seminary training at Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, New York where he received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Religious Education. Father Woods was ordained as a priest in June 1975 and then, after earning a Master’s Degree in English at Fordham University, taught for ten years at the very high school seminary he had attended near Erie, Pennsylvania. During his time teaching, Father Woods also earned a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Gannon University. Father Woods previously served as the Director of Formation at Holy Redeemer College in Washington, D.C. and was elected Provincial Vicar of the Baltimore Province, a position he held for twelve years, before serving as Provincial Superior for six years.  Father Woods served as pastor at St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage, Long Island for eight years before coming to St. Mary’s. 

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  • Clergy

    Rev. Ronald Bonneau, C.Ss.R.
    Father Ronald Bonneau was born in Hanover, NH and grew up in Bradford, VT. His family was very involved in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, which was served by the Redemptorists. After graduating from high school he went to the minor seminary of the Redemptorists in North East, PA, to the novitiate in Ilchester, MD, to study philosophy at St. Alphonsus College in Suffield, CT and to Mt. St. Alphonsus in Esopus, NY to study theology. He made first vows in Ilchester, MD in August of 1965, was ordained to the priesthood on June 20, 1971 at Esopus. His first assignment was to the missions in Paraguay, South America from 1972 until 1996. After returning to the States, he served in New York City in two different parishes until 2008, and then was assigned to be co-director of Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ. In 2014, he went to Toronto Canada to serve as Assistant Novice Director for the Redemptorist North American Novitiate. Due to a lack of novices, he received his appointment to St. Mary’s, Annapolis. He asked that you please pray for vocations.

    Rev. Luyen Dau, C.Ss.R.
    Father Luyen Dau was born and grew up in Vietnam and is the youngest of 9 children. In 1993, his family moved to Calgary, Canada, and when he graduated from High School in 1998, he moved to New York to join the Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province and took his first religious vows as a Redemptorist in 2011 three days before the September 11 tragedy. He was ordained a priest at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC in 2008, and his first assignment was in Philadelphia serving the Vietnamese community at Visitation Parish. He has been on loan to the Diocese of Victoria, BC, Canada serving at St. Andrew's Cathedral and as a pastor at St. Edward’s Parish in Duncan, BC. He has also served at St. Clement's Parish in Saratoga Springs, New York. On August 1, 2017, he was transferred to St. Mary’s.

    Rev. Joseph Krastel, C.Ss.R.

    Rev. John McKenna, C.Ss.R.
    Father John McKenna, a native of Brooklyn New York, professed his first Redemptorist Vows in 1970 after studying for the Priesthood at St. Mary’s Seminary in North East Pennsylvania and St. Mary’s College in Ellicott City, Maryland. Father McKenna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Saint Alphonsus College as well as a Masters in Religious Education and a Masters in Divinity from Mount Saint Alphonsus. He was officially ordained as a priest in 1977 by Cardinal Terrance Cooke and assigned by the Baltimore Province of the Redemptorists to work in the Vice Province of San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1978. While in Puerto Rico, Father McKenna served in many Redemptorist parishes including in Mayaguez, Caguas, Guayama and San Lorenzo before returning to the United States and taking a sabbatical at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in 1999. Father McKenna has previously served at Parish of Immaculate Conception in the Bronx, New York; Parish of St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage, New York; Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Seaford Delaware as pastor; and most recently, at Parish of the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn, New York.

    Rev. Hever Sanchez, C.Ss.R. 

    Rev. Clement Vadakkedath, C.Ss.R. 

    Deacon Leroy Moore

    Deacon Moore was ordained in July of 1988 by Archbishop William Borders, D.D. He currently is focused only on Diaconate ministry: baptisms, weddings, funerals, and St. Mary's Elementary School K-2 prayer services. An Annapolitan, Deacon Moore is the proud parent of six children; all five of his daughters are graduates of St. Mary's High School. He has greater joy of being Grandpa to twelve grandchildren, with his wife Kathleen.

    Deacon Anthony Norcio, JCL
    Deacon Norcio was ordained in 1996 by William Cardinal Keeler. Deacon Norcio is canon lawyer and is a Judge on the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He served as the Assistant Director of Clergy Personnel for Deacon Formation for 22 years and has served as a Master of Ceremonies at Archdiocesan liturgies. He was previously assigned to St. Mary’s for 16 years and for seven years at St. Andrew by the Bay. He has a PhD, a Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL), and a MA in Systematic Theology as well as Graduate Certificates in Biblical Studies and Advanced Biblical Studies. He is a Professor Emeritus of Information Systems at UMBC. His family has been in St. Mary’s parish since 1979. His wife, Ellie, retired from St. Mary’s Elementary School after 22 years. He has two daughters, who attended St. Mary’s School, and four grandchildren.

    Deacon George Russell is a tutor at St. John's College, Annapolis, and a native of Brooklyn, New York. He is the husband of Mary Ellen Russell, Director of the Maryland Catholic Conference, and the father of four sons, two of whom are married, Daniel and Sarah, Tobias and Margaret, Luke and James. He and his family, which includes four grandchildren, have lived in St. Mary's Parish since 1995.

  • In Residence

    Rev. Eric Hoog, C.Ss.R.
    Ordained in 1973, Father Eric Hoog has had assignments in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and St. Croix in the US Virgin islands before receiving permission to enter the military as a Navy Chaplain.  Fr. Hoog served as a Navy Chaplain from 1998 until 2007, when he was honorable discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  He is currently a part-time civilian RC priest at the US Naval Academy.

    Rev. Peter Vang Cong Tran, C.Ss.R. 
St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary's Elementary and High School located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serve students in grades Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.