Reverend Monsignor Arthur F. Valenzano, P.A.
Msgr. Art was born in Frostburg, Maryland on March 12, 1949. He attended the former St. Charles College in Catonsville, Maryland from 9th grade through college, attaining his bachelor's degree in philosophy. Following St. Charles, Msgr. Art attended St. Mary's seminary in Roland Park, where he received his Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1975 by Archbishop William Borders.
His first assignment was at St. Ambrose Parish in Baltimore, where he quickly learned to enjoy city life. After a stop at St. Mary's in Govans, he was appointed Director of the Msgr. O'Dwyer Retreat House. He then moved on to St. William of York Parish. In 1993, Fr. Art was named pastor of St. John's Parish in Westminster. There he led a vibrant parish, which experienced tremendous growth and constructed a new church under his more than 17 years of leadership. In 1996, Fr. Art became the youngest priest in the Archdiocese to receive the title of Monsignor, when Pope John Paul II bestowed the honor on him at the age of 47.
In February of 2013, Monsignor Art received from Pope Benedict XVI the honorary title of Monsignor Apostolic Protonotaries Supernumerary (P.A.), the highest level of Monsignor in most diocese.
As has been reported in The Catholic Review and local media, Msgr. Art has ongoing acute Myeloid Leukemia. In September of 2006 and again in February of 2013 he received a bone marrow transplant from his brother. He is currently feeling fine.
Deacon Robert M. Shephard
Deacon Bob completed four years of formation at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained to the permanent diaconate on May 23, 2009. He is assigned to sacramental ministry at the Basilica of the Assumption and diaconal ministry at the Md. State Correctional Institutions in Baltimore. Bob has a degree from AACC in Arnold, and managed his family owned air freight business at Thurgood Marshall/BWI Airport for 30 years. He is currently employed as a revenue examiner with the State of Md in Annapolis. He is a long time resident of Severna Park where he resides with his wife Charlene. Their daughter, son-in-law, and three grandsons live nearby, as well as their son and future daughter-in-law.
Deacon Sean P. Keller, KCHS
Deacon Sean Keller completed four years of formation at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, Maryland and was ordained a Permanent Deacon by His Excellency, Archbishop William E. Lori on May 11, 2013. He is assigned to the Basilica of the Assumption with Campus Ministry at the University of Baltimore. In 2006, Sean was invested into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, where he currently holds the rank of Knight Commander. He holds a Masters degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terps!). Sean is a 1984 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School. In 2005, after nearly twenty-two years of service, he retired from the US Air Force Reserve where he served as an Intelligence Officer. In his secular career, Sean is employed as a Federal Contractor. He and his wife, Sheri, have two daughters—Shayna and Sierra. They reside in Clarksville, Maryland.Mr. Clarence Bryant
Director of Management Services
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen & The Basilica
Mr. Bob Reier
Mr. William Bernard
Bill joined the Basilica staff in May of 2000, and serves as the facilities and maintenance manager of the buildings and grounds. Bill is originally from Connecticut, and moved to Baltimore in 1985, becoming a member of the Lamb of God Community, which he and his family are still involved. Bill graduated from Baltimore County Community College in 1992, majoring in Traffic and Transportation Management, and a minor in Occupational Safety and Health Technology. Bill resides in Catonsville with his wife Leila and their daughters Meg and Abby.
Mr. Mark T. Marozza
A longtime employee and Parishioner of the Basilica, Mark assists the Rector with liturgies and weddings, and provides tours of the Basilica. He attended St. John the Evangelist Church and School in Severna Park, MD, and graduated from Archbishop Spalding High School. Mark holds a degree from Anne Arundel Community College, and is a member of St. Joseph's Discalced Carmelite Secular Community, currently serving as President. Mark is a life-long resident of Anne Arundel County, and enjoys fishing and gardening in his spare time.
Ms. Jessie Lim
Director of Music
Jessie received her musical training under the Royal School of Music in England. She has directed and performed with many professional and amateur groups ranging from barbershop to symphonic choirs. Jessie has served as a liturgical music minister for the Archdiocese of Baltimore for almost 20 years including the parishes of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, St. John the Evangelist in Severna Park, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Grace, and most recently as Music and Choir Director at the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier in Hunt Valley. Jessie has previously served as the Music Director for the Archdiocesan Choir, prior to it being disbanded in 2010, and as a consultant for the Office of Worship & Liturgy. Her aspirations in liturgical music are to bring forth the best music to enhance each liturgical celebration and to encourage full, active, and conscious participation by all.
Mr. Blake Cass
Basilica Shop Manager