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Meet the Pastor and Clergy

Meet the Pastor and Clergy

Our Pastor, Very Rev. John Tizio, C.Ss.R.

Father John Tizio comes to St. Mary’s via Brooklyn, New York, where he was born and raised.  One of eight children, Father Tizio was ordained a Redemptorist Priest in 1985.  Father’s first assignment was at St. Michael’s Church in Baltimore, where he stayed for over 6 years.  His next appointment brought him here to St. Mary’s in Annapolis.  In 2005, Father Tizio was assigned as Pastor to St. Martin of Tours, in Bethpage, Long Island.  And from there he came back to St. Mary’s in Annapolis as Pastor. 

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  • Clergy

    Our Vicar, Rev. Andrew Costello, C.Ss.R.
    Father Andy Costello was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He’s the youngest of four kids. He became a Redemptorist in 1960.  He was ordained a priest in 1965 by Cardinal Spellman. He has worked as a priest on the Lower East Side of New York, as well as at two Redemptorist Retreat Houses. Before coming here to Annapolis to work as a parish priest, he was stationed in Lima, Ohio – where he preached many parish missions and retreats around the country.  He served as Novice Master for future Redemptorists, for 9 years in Wisconsin and upstate NY.  He has 3 Master’s Degrees – two from New York State University and one from Princeton Theological Seminary.  In his spare time he has written 5 books (all out of print) many articles for various Catholic magazines as well as a blog on St. Mary’s website, “Reflections by the Bay."

    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 philosphy 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 toToronto 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. Lyuen 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. Patrick Flynn, C.Ss.R.
    Father Flynn is currently spending time with family in South Africa.

    Rev. Charles Hergenroeder, C.Ss.R.
    Father Charlie Hergenroeder was ordained in 1973.  He spent many years ministering in Brazil before being assigned to St. Mary’s.  He currently works with engaged couples preparing for marriage and with the Hispanic RCIA.

    Rev. Joseph Krastel, C.Ss.R.


    Rev. Miguel Martinez, C.Ss.R.

    Rev. David Verghese, C.Ss.R.
    Father David Verghese was born in Silver Spring, MD and grew up in Leonardtown, MD with two older brothers and a younger sister. He professed final vows as a Redemptorist on Oct. 11, 2013 in Boston and was ordained to the priesthood on May, 31, 2014 at St. John Neumann in Annapolis. Fr. Verghese is currently serving St. Mary's Parish in his first assignment.

  • In Residence

    Rev. William Guri, C.Ss.R.
    Father William Guri is a Redemptorist from Zimbabwe in Southern Africa, where he was born and raised. He is one of nine children, and was ordained a priest in 2001. He served in the parishes run by the Redemptorists in Harare and was the local leader of the Redemptorists in Zimbabwe for eight years. Fr Guri is currently studying pastoral counseling at Loyola University in Maryland, and is resident in the Redemptorist community in Annapolis, where he assists in the parish ministry. This is Fr Guri's second stint at Annapolis after his first stay from 2005 to 2007. 

    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. Alphonse Olive, C.Ss.R.
  • Deacons

    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 George Russell
    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.
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.