About Our Staff

About Our Staff

The staff at the Shrine is passionate about serving the needs of the Shrine's parishioners and community! Below is the direct contact information for each staff member to reach out to them in regards to our ministries, programs, and services. If you not sure who to contact, please call the main parish office.

Parish Office Hours: 9am - 3pm Mon-Fri
Phone: 410-466-46884

Our Pastor

Rev. William A. Au, Ph.D.
410-466-6884 x12

 

Fr. Bill was ordained in 1975 and is a graduate of St. Mary’s Seminary and University. He has also received a Ph.D. in Church History from The Catholic University of America and is very involved in ecumenical and interfaith work.  Prior to joining the Shrine he served as Pastor of SS. Philip and James, as associate pastor in two other Baltimore parishes, and as Assist. Chancellor and Director of Public Relations for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Shrine Staff

Linda Boswell
Parish Manager
410-466-6884 x15

 

 

Linda has been working with Fr. Au for over 27 years through multiple parishes.

Bernetta Palasik
Director of Elementary Faith Formation
410-466-6884 x16

 

Bernetta is going into her 11th year as Director of Faith Formation.  Her main duties include Elementary Faith Formation Program; Baptism, Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation preparation; Children’s’ Liturgy of the Word; First Fridays family service projects; coordinate weddings and  maintain the sacrament registers. In a previous life, she tutored college level math, taught high school math and theology and middle school science and math.

Steve Cox - Director of Adult Faith Formation
Director of Adult Faith Formation
410-466-6884 x11

 

Stephen Cox began his ministry as an Angelican priest, ordained in 2000.  His studies in Theology and Church History (BA from UMBC with a concentration in Music and Religious Studies; Master of Divinity from the Dominican House of Studies; MA in Liberal Arts at St. John's College) led him to the Catholic Church, where he was confirmed in 2011.  Since XXXX Steve has been the Director of Adult Faith Formation at the Shrine, managing the RCIA program, Bible Studies, Book Discussions, and Sunday Speakers for our community of parishioners.

Tom Wilson - Music Director a the Shrine of the Sacred Heart
Director of Music
410-466-6884 x14

 

Tom has been the music director at the Shrine since 2013. He plans and implements all the liturgical music for the weekend, Holy Day, First Friday, wedding and funeral  masses.  He creates the music leaflets for all masses at the Shrine.  Tom rehearses with the choir weekly to prepare choral music for all choir masses, Christmas Concerts, Holy Week, Easter, and Christmas. He also coordinates with the Filipino choir to sing at regular intervals.

 

Laura Dugan
Office Manager
410-466-6884 x10

 

Laura has worked at the Shrine since 2013 - and she loves her job!  She was first hired as the office manager, and was then hired as cantor and soprano section leader for the Shrine choir in 2015.  She creates the weekly bulletin, updates the Shrine Facebook page, develops the volunteer ministry schedules, and works directly with the leaders of Shrine groups and organizations for promotional purposes and scheduling.  In addition, she coordinates many other behind the scenes activities that ensure effective operations of the office and weekly Masses.