Parish Staff

Parish Staff


Reverend James Boric,  Rector
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Office Phone: 410-547-3141
Emergency & Out of Hours Calls: 410-727-3565 x221
Sunday Homilies
Fr. James Boric was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ for the Archdiocese of Baltimore on June 21, 2014. He did all of his philosophical and theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. After ordination, Fr. James served as Associate Pastor at St. Margaret in Bel Air and most recently at St. John the Evangelist in Severna Park. Prior to entering the seminary, Fr. James covered the stock market. He wrote about major investment opportunities that are often missed by the mainstream media. In 2006, Fr. James had a major conversion experience that led him away from the riches of the marketplace and into the true riches of the Catholic Church. Today, Fr. James desires to be a saint and to help others become saints as well.Deacon Robert M. Shephard
Phone: 410-727-3565 x233
Deacon Bob completed four years of formation at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and DeaconBobwas 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 recently retired as a revenue examiner with the State of Md in Annapolis. He is a long time resident of Severna Park. Bob’s wife of 41 years, Charlene, passed away on June 9th, 2015 after a lengthy illness. Their daughter and son, plus their respective spouses, 5 grandchildren (and 2 grand-dogs), all live nearby.Deacon Sean P. Keller, KCHS

Deacon Sean Keller completed four years of formation at St. Mary’s Seminary & Sean_webUniversity, Baltimore, Maryland, and was ordained a Deacon by His Excellency, the Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, on May 11th, 2013. He is assigned to the Basilica of the Assumption where he performs a variety of duties to include: Sacramental, Health Care Ministry, and the Baltimore Basilica Young Professionals. He also serves as an Advocate for the Marriage Tribunal for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In 2006, Deacon Sean was invested into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, where he currently holds the rank of Knight Commander and serves as Treasurer for the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy. He holds a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park [Go Terps!]. Deacon 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, Deacon Sean has worked in the defense industry as a contractor. He and his wife Sheri, have two adult daughters, Shayna and Sierra. They reside in Clarksville, Maryland.


Mr. Thomas Hochla, Director of Music
Phone: 410-727-3564 x217
Thomas Hochla is the Director of Music for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Co-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and America’s first Cathedral. Originally hailing from Oklahoma, Mr. Hochla first came to the east coast to study organ, piano, and vocal performance at Vassar College (B.A.) and the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (M.M.). While at Vassar, Thomas was a frequent baritone soloist as well as an avid member of the Vassar College Chorus, Madrigal Singers, and Camerata. Upon completion of his degree, Mr. Hochla served as Liturgical Music Advisor to Marist College as well as Associate Director of Music of the Region X Catholic Youth Conference. A firm believer that music can only truly exist in the context of community, while at Peabody, Mr. Hochla studied choral conducting and music education in addition to giving many operatic and recital performances. Mr. Hochla is a frequent recitalist and opera outreach performer in the mid-Atlantic region and maintains a private studio. Soli Deo gloria!


Ms. Maura Belton, Parish Office SecretaryMaura for website
Phone: 410-727-3564 x220



Mr. Mark T. Marozza, Sacristan
Phone: 410-727-3564 x215
A longtime employee and parishioner of the Basilica, Mark serves as the Basilica full timeMarozza, Mark sacristan. 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 an active member of St. Joseph’s Discalced Carmelite Secular Community in DC, having served as as their President for 2 consecutive three year terms. Mark is a life-long resident of Anne Arundel County, and enjoys fishing and gardening in his spare time.


Mr. Donta Thompson, Maintenance Engineer
Phone: 410-727-3565 x216






Mr. Bob Reier, KHS
Buildings Operations Manager
& Staff member – Office of the Archbishop

Phone: 410-727-3564 x208



Mr. Mateo Ellis, Regional Controller (Accounting)
Phone: 410-727-3565 x219