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I am blessed and overjoyed to serve as Pastor of St. Bernardine Church.  I served here many years ago as a seminarian under the guidance of Msgr. Edward Miller, and I am honored to succeed him in this amazing family of faith.  I ask for your prayers as I lead our church family in the way of the Lord.

I also serve as the Canonical Representative of Holy Angels Catholic School and the Chaplain of St. Frances Academy High School.  Many of our church members either attend those schools or are alumni of them.  I am also a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Seminary & University, from which I graduated in 1993.

My previous assignments include Holy Trinity, Crucifixion, and Good Shepherd parishes in Glen Burnie, and Corpus Christi Church in Baltimore City, all of which I served as pastor.  I also was an associate pastor at St. Louis Church in Clarksville and Shrine of the Little Flower in Baltimore.

I was ordained a priest of the Baltimore Archdiocese in June 1994.  In addition to St. Mary’s Seminary & University, I attended Harvard Law School and Johns Hopkins University.  I practiced law for four years and am still a member of the Maryland State Bar (although I don’t practice anymore).  I grew up in the Philadelphia area, and my mother still lives there, as do my sister and brother; another sister lives on the Jersey Shore. I have a cat, Toby (short for Tov’ya), and three cockatiels, Beaufort, Sydney, and Morris.


ASSIGNED Deacon- Wardell “Paul” Barksdale, Jr.

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I, Wardell “Paul” Barksdale, Jr am a Deacon for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. I have been assigned to St. Bernardine RCC since I was ordained 14 years ago. I have worked as a Master’s Level Social Worker since 1997, providing services for adults and adolescents who were suffering from the disease of addiction and mental illness. I also provided service to the families and others. Former coordinator for the Juvenile Drug Court, Baltimore, Maryland.   

I have a Masters in Social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology from Coppin State University. I was an adjunct at Baltimore City Community College and at Morgan State University Graduate School of Social Work. I was inducted into the Honor Society at Coppin State University. I am a State approved supervisor for addiction professionals; appointed as a commissioner with the City of Baltimore HIV Commission. I was board member for the substance abuse program at Baltimore City Community College and Dundalk Community College. I was a past President and Vice President of the Maryland Addiction Certification Board. I am currently serving on the St. Agnes Hospital Mission Board and the Baltimore Faith Based Commission for Behavioral Health. I have completed the education and skills training for Chaplin for Baltimore City Police Dept.

I was a guest columnist for the Catholic Review Afro-centric page. I have planned and led the St. Bernardine annual men’s retreat for the past 24 years. I was a Peace Corps volunteer for Liberia, West Africa for two years, taught geometry, basic math and reading. I was a physical education teacher; performed coaching duties for track and field, basketball and volleyball.

 I  was appointed director of a newly formed Addiction Treatment Center (Harambee Treatment Center) in the Park Heights section of Baltimore City for 11 years. Co- authored a number of research articles for new interventions for addiction treatment. Created and led trainings for addiction counselors and related professionals.


Assisting Deacon - Curtis Turner

I am Deacon Curtis Turner. I was ordained for the Archdiocese of Washington in 2008 but have considered St. Bernardine my Baltimore church home since I was blessed to meet Msgr. Miller in 2001.

I am the principal of Saint Frances Academy, where our pastor serves as the chaplain. Founded in 1828 by Mother Mary Lange, OSP, Saint Frances Academy is the oldest continually operating Catholic school within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Its original mission was, “To teach the children of slaves to read the Bible.” Now, Saint Frances Academy is a small college preparatory high school still owned and operated by the Oblate Sisters of Providence. I am the Academy’s 14th principal. In addition to my administrative duties, I teach math and I coach the golf team when I can.

I am a native Washingtonian, which explains my life-long, diehard devotion to the Washington Redskins. I am graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Howard University. God also prepared me for my ministry by blessings me with a Master of Education and a Doctorate of Education both from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

I have served on several educational boards and advisory committees. Most notably, I was the first African-American chair of the Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools. In that capacity, I have led accreditation teams to several Catholic schools throughout the Middle States region, Europe and the Middle East.  

I live in Columbia, Maryland with my awesome wife of 22 years, Dr. Tara P. Turner, and our dogs Biscuit and Hansel.   

I am deeply passionate about urban Catholic education and the St. Bernardine community has been especially supportive of our school. That is one of the many reasons I am blessed to be an assisting deacon here. 



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I am Denise Stanley, affectionately known as “Nana”. I serve as Executive Assistant to our wonderful Pastor, Rev. Msgr. Richard (Fr. Rich) Bozzelli. I also served as the Administrative Assistant to our former beloved Pastor, the late Rev. Msgr. Edward (Fr. Ed) Miller. 

I retired in December, 2008 after 32 years in State Government at the Maryland Insurance Administration, serving as Office Supervisor of the Agent Licensing Section for 20 of those years. Since my retirement, I not only was caregiver for my amazingly awesome father, Dr. Hilbert D. Stanley until God called him Home in 2010, but also served and continue to serve on many church ministries, as member, adviser, coordinator and officer. I am proudly an Advanced Certified Youth Minister, and a Catechist (I began as an assistant Sunday school teacher to Pre-K and Kindergarten students, later becoming the 5th grade Reconciliation teacher and after some changes, currently the 3th grade Reconciliation teacher). Equally as proud, I was nominated and received the Mother Lange Award in 2000 for Leadership, 2006 I received the For God and Youth Award from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and humbly received the Joy of the Gospel recognition for Faithfulness from the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2015.

My pride and joy, is my daughter Kesha “Nikki”, who resides in Atlanta. Another joy, was when I had another child join my family; a girl, my feline daughter “Jazzy”, AND even more so, when I became grandmother and great-grandmother to my grand and great-grand pups, Prettyboy, Foxy and the late Prettygirl, in Atlanta. I have been Catholic all of my life and have called St. Bernardine’s home for over 30 years.



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Hi, I am Beverly White and I am on the staff at St. Bernardine Church as the Director of Religious Education (D.R.E).  My specific task is to coordinate, supervise and manage the Sunday School Program which includes Sacramental Preparation for First Eucharist, First Reconciliation and Confirmation as well as Religious Education formation for the youth of our parish in grades PreK through 12th.  I am a retired public school teacher and I have taught grades 1 through 6 over my 35 year teaching career in such areas as Baltimore City, Baltimore County, St. Ambrose Catholic School and St. Bernardine Catholic School.  I earned my B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from Morgan State University and a Master's Equivalency through courses at Johns Hopkins University, Towson University and BCPS curriculum enrichment (CEUs).  I also earned a Master Catechist Certification from Xavier University's Institute for Black Catholic Studies in New Orleans, LA.  I am a member of the "Naimah Ministry" which has the task of setting up and writing manuals used in the annual "Keep On Teaching" workshops for catechists working with African American Catholic youth.  I am also part of the Leadership Team for Baltimore Area Catechetical Ministers (BACM) who have the task of networking and providing opportunities for enrichment and faith formation for catechists throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  Also, I have been appointed in the Archdiocese as a Lay Ecclesial Minister which is a group of lay leaders who take on leadership and mentoring tasks for the archdiocese.  My most cherished honors include: Mother Lange Award recipient, Catechist of the Year Award, Leadership Award for the "Joy of the Gospel" chosen by Archbishop Lori and recently being invited to attend the Convocation of Catholic Bishops Conference as a catechetical leader.  My family includes: 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.  I have been a member of St. Bernardine Church since 1980 and I have been a practicing Catholic all my life!  God has blessed me richly and I feel that giving back to others is necessary and expected!

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I am Dejah Reed and  I have been a member of St. Bernardine Catholic Church since 2001. I came to St. Bernardine through my marriage to Carl Reed Sr. I have one son, Carl Reed Jr., known as CJ.  I became the Parish Secretary in May 2016.  I have worked a few places in my lifetime but I must say I think I finally found a good fit. I look at my responsibilities as ministry not just another job. It is an honor to serve in this parish. As a child, I was always taught “Only what you do for Christ will last”.  I am also a licensed cosmetologist. I have been a stylist for 17 years and I still practice in the industry. I love doing hair, singing, traveling, and fellowshipping with family and friends. 



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My name is Veronica James, I was born in Baltimore Maryland, I became Catholic when I was 5 years of age and received a Catholic Education from St. Ann’s Catholic School and St. Martin’s Elementary and High School. 

I formerly worked for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union and the Laborers’ International Union of North America. 

I was blessed to become the Finance Officer at St. Bernadine’s on July 1, 2007. 

My favorite hobbies are reading and playing games on my computer. I enjoy having fun and feel that “frowning is a real waste of time”. “When you’re smiling the whole world smiles with you”. 

God has blessed me with a 50 year and counting marriage and 3 wonderful children (2 daughters and 1 son), who have in turn blessed me with 3 wonderful grandsons.


Facilities Supervisor - Joel Williams

Hi, my name is Joel E. Williams and I am a member of the staff here at St. Bernardine R.C. Church. I am the Facilities Supervisor for the church and its associated properties. I bring to my job, skills acquired from experience at various jobs and training programs, beginning with the Neighborhood Youth Corp., Job Corp, Laborers Union Local #516, Carpenters Union Local #544, and before starting at St. Bernardine’s School, Steel Toe Construction.

I was originally asked to join the staff by the late beloved Monsignor Edward Miller; it has been my pleasure to serve in any capacity that needed a hand, since August 20, 2001.  My beloved wife Danna of 15 years and I share a blended family of 4 daughters, 2 sons, 4 grands and 1 great grand. My wife Danna is also a member of St. Bernardine’s and serves as a Eucharistic Minister. 

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I am Vincent Griffin. I was invited to St. Bernardine’s by my mother (Queen Holt) and sister (Delores “Dee” Hawthorne) in 2003 and I became a member in 2004. In 2005, I was given the opportunity to work for St. Bernardine Catholic School by “my boss” and friend, the late Monsignor Edward Miller, until its closing in 2010.  

It has been an honor and privilege to be blessed with the opportunity to transition from the school, to the church as the Custodian. I continue to be blessed under the guidance of Monsignor Richard Bozzelli and my entire church family.