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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. Alistair Elias, C.Ss.R. 
    Father Alistair Joseph Elias is 39 years old and comes from the Caribbean island of Grenada.  Number 11 of 12 children, Fr. Elias was born to Monica Elias and Albert Thomas.  He attended school from kindergarten through high school and taught at a high school before entering the Redemptorist Congregation at the age of 22 in the year 2002.  Fr. Elias began his formation on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix and in 2004 moved to New York where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Theology.  After his undergraduate studies, Fr. Elias went to the novitiate in Glenview, Illinois from July 2007 to July 2008.  He took his first vows as a Redemptorist on August 1, 2008. After his novitiate, Fr. Elias was sent to Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean until September 2009 when he went to Boston to obtain his Master of Divinity degree at Boston College.  Fr. Elias took his final vows on August 16, 2011 and on October 6, 2012 was ordained to the diaconate at Boston College. On June 3, 2013, he was ordained to the priesthood in Grenada and then was assigned in St. Lucia, Dominica and now St. Mary's Annapolis. Fr. Elias looks forward to serving the parishioners of 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. 
    Fr. Clement Vadakkedath, C.Ss.R., was born in Kerala, India. He grew up in a devout Catholic family of seven children (five boys and two girls) and joined the Redemptorists as a teenager and graduated from the Jesuit College in Bangalore, India. He was professed a Redemptorist on June 27, 1982, the feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Fr. Clement was ordained a priest on April 19, 1990 and was attached to a Redemptorist parish in Mumbai then moved back to Kerala to join the mission band which gave him a wide experience of preaching missions and evangelizing people from different walks of life. In 1996, he was appointed as the formator of Redemptorist minor seminarians while serving as consultor on the provincial team. Fr. Clement obtained his licentiate in Moral theology in 2000 and Doctorate in 2004 from the Alphonsian Institute of Higher Studies, Rome. On his return from Rome, he began teaching moral Theology in the Redemptorist Major Seminary where he studied and also served as a member of the board of trustees of the Alphonsian Academy, Rome. In the following year, he was elected Provincial of the Liguori Province of the Redemptorists in India. On completion of his term as Provincial in 2011, he chose to work together with the Baltimore Province of the Redemptorists and was assigned as pastor of Fatima Parish in Dominica of the English speaking Caribbean islands. He moved to Our Lady of Lourdes, Seaford, Delaware in 2015 as pastor and when the Redemptorists handed over the care of the parish to the Diocese of Wilmington in 2019, he was asked to join the parish pastoral team at St. Mary’s.

    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. 
    Father Vang entered the Redemptorist seminary in Vietnam in 1962. At the fall of Saigon in 1975, as a Redemptorist novice he left Vietnam by helicopter during the last evacuation, and settled down Jacksonville, Florida. In 1976 he entered the Noviciate in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin as a member of the Vice Province of Richmond.  Father Vang attended St. Alphonsus College in Suffield, Connecticut from 1977 to 1979 and then moved on to Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, New York from 1979 to 1983, where he received a Master of Theology and Religious Education. In 1983, Father Vang was ordained a priest in Esopus, New York, and stationed at his first assignment at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church in Opa-Locka, Florida where he founded the Vietnamese community.  He was transferred to Concord, North Carolina in 1989 where he helped start the first Vietnamese community. In 1997, Father Vang served as Chaplain in the detention centers for the boat people of Hong Kong. In 1998, after the camps were closed, he returned to the United States, and began preaching parish missions to Vietnamese and Americans throughout the country while based in Hampton, Virginia. In 2009, Father Vang was transferred to North Carolina, helping out at the parishes of Saint James the Greater and St. Joseph Catholic Church, and ministering to the Montagnards in Raleigh and the Karenni (Myanmar) in Winston Salem. On August 1, 2019 he was transferred to St. Mary’s to serve as a missionary for the Vietnamese ministry.  He also started a Redemptorist mission to the Montagnards in the Highlands of Vietnam, in 1998, which remains his primary ministry to this day. Father Vang started a non-profit organization to to serve the Montagnards named Viet Toc Foundation (www.viettoc.org). 
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 Pre-Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.