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

Bernetta Palasik
Retired | Director of Elementary Faith Formation


After 19 years with the Shrine school & church - Bernetta is retired as of Sept 2020.  Our parishioners enjoyed Bernetta's loving personality through the Elementary Faith Formation Program;  youth sacrament preparation; Children’s Liturgy of the Word; First Fridays family service projects; and wedding coordination. Bernetta has been a gentle and positive witness of faith to our community and has touched the hearts of many with her kindness.

Steve Cox - Pastoral Associate
Pastoral Associate
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Steve 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.  Steve is the Shrine's Pastoral Associate, managing both adult and youth faith formation programs.  This includes RCIA, Bible Studies, Book Discussions, Sunday Speakers, and youth sacrament preparation.

Tom Wilson - Music Director a the Shrine of the Sacred Heart
Director of Music
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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
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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.