Pastoral Staff

Rev. Msgr. Joseph L. LucaPastor – jluca@stlouisparish.org
Monsignor Joseph L. Luca was ordained a priest by Cardinal Lawrence Shehan at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on May 16, 1970 and is presently serving as Pastor of St. Louis Church — one of the largest congregations in the Archdiocese of Baltimore with a registration of over 4200 families. He was appointed to that role by Cardinal William Keeler in February of 1996. Prior to this appointment, Msgr. Luca’s pastoral experience included serving for three years as the Director of RENEW for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and for 12 years as pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish in Middle River, MD. He is also fondly remembered as an Associate Pastor at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Baltimore and at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, MD.

Although his ministry has been primarily devoted to parish service, he has actively served on various boards and commissions of the Archdiocese of Baltimore including the Board of Catholic Charities, The Cathedral Foundation Board, the Priest Personnel Board, the Lay Retirement Board, the Presbyteral Council and as a Consultor of the Archdiocese.

He has also served on the Mt St Mary University Board of Trustees and is presently a Trustee Emeritus, a member of the Mount Seminary Committee and the Rector’s Council. In 1976 he was appointed by Governor Marvin Mandel to the Citizens Advisory Board for Montebello Hospital Center in Baltimore where he served as Chairman.

He was named a Prelate of Honor with the title of Monsignor by Saint John Paul II in December of 1995 and a Papal Knight of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem in 1997. Among his most recent honors include being named to the Mount Saint Mary’s University Alumni Hall of Fame and named Howard County Clergyman of the Year three times.

Fr. Pete Literal Associate Pastor – pliteral@stlouisparish.org
Fr. Pete comes to St. Louis Church with a wealth of pastoral experiences.  After his ordination in 1978 he was made a pastor in the Philippines and served in Archdiocese of Lipa for 10 years.  He continued his ministry in the United States by joining the Chaplaincy Services of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and retired as the Religious Section Program Examiner of the Program Review Division Central Office after serving 20 years.  Fr. Pete joined the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2009 and has then served as an associate pastor at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.  Prior to coming to St. Louis Church, he served as a temporary administrator of St. Thomas More church.  Now in his 35th year in the ministry, he continues to serve as chaplain to the Archdiocesan Filipino Council in Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Fr. Peter Misee GeveraAssociate Pastor – pgevera@stlouisparish.org
Fr. Peter was ordained a priest for the Yarumal Missionaries in 2008 by Most Reverend Virgilio Pante Bishop of the Diocese of Maralal, at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish, Nairobi-Kenya. A month later, he was sent to Ethiopia to study Amharic as a preparation to start his ministry in this country. In June 2009 he was appointed to work in Afar mission- Archdiocese of Addis Ababa, a relatively new mission among the Muslims with few Christians with immediate duties being working as a chaplain to Sisters of Mother Theresa of Calcutta who resided within the mission, to be a representative of the Catholic church in the area, daily celebration of the Eucharist, preparations for sacraments, initiate Inter-religious dialogue with the Muslims, visits to villages, founding and directing a hostel project for orphan children among other responsibilities.

Following his years of service at this mission he was reassigned to join the formation team in Colombia- South America. In 2013 he joined the seminary at Medellin Colombia forming part of the formation team. At the beginning of 2014 he was reassigned to work in the novitiate. Went for a special training on formation for 7 months in Bogota-Colombia then was sent to Kenya immediately to work with a group of African novices. While in Kenya, he assisted as the administrator of a parish at Lodung’okwe in Maralal Diocese- Kenya. Following the profession of the novices, he was sent back to Colombia to continue with initiating an international novitiate for the Yarumal Missionaries. Following the official appointment lettered November 1, 2016 by the Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori, he has been serving at St Louis church as Associate Pastor.

Mr. Scott LancasterDeacon – slancaster1@stlouisparish.org
Deacon Scott is originally from Towson, Maryland where he was the fifth of seven children and belonged to Immaculate Conception Parish.  He attended Calvert Hall College High School where he also taught.  He graduated from what is now Loyola University Maryland where he earned a BA in Business and a MBA with a concentration in Accounting.  More importantly, it was at Loyola where he met his wife Denise.  After teaching at Calvert Hall while in graduate school, Scott entered the accounting profession where he works today and, with his wife, settled in Howard County and are the proud parents of three children.

Scott’s family have been members of St. Louis parish since 1990. He was ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Baltimore on May 14, 2011 and is thankful to be assigned to his home parish.

Mr. Fred MauserDeacon – fmauser@stlouisparish.org
Fred grew up in a large family in St. Jerome’s parish in Hyattsville, MD. He graduated from Gonzaga High School and subsequently earned an AB degree in Mathematics from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, MD and a MS degree in Numerical Science from The Johns Hopkins University. In 2006 Fred retired from a 40-year career in or supporting the Department of Defense.  Fred is the exceptionally proud father of four and grandfather of six (and counting!).

Fred was ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in May 2003 and is delighted to be assigned to St. Louis, where he has been an active parishioner since 1975.

Mr. Frank SarroDeacon – fsarro@stlouisparish.org
Deacon Frank is originally from New York State, which is where he met his wife Vicky, and is a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy – Syracuse, NY. He earned a BS in Engineering from Marquette University – Milwaukee, WI and a Master of Engineering Administration degree from The George Washington University – Washington, DC. He is a Systems Engineering Consultant for Sage Management – an Xator Company.

Frank and Vicky are the proud parents of two children and have been St. Louis parishioners since 1986. Frank was ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Baltimore on May 11, 2013 and is truly thankful to be assigned to his home parish. In addition to his assignment at St. Louis, Deacon Frank also serves as an advocate for the Marriage Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Mr. Frank Ziegler Deacon – fziegler@stlouisparish.org
Deacon Frank is originally from Chicago, Illinois and is the oldest of six children. He attended St. Hillary Elementary School in the city. His family moved to the Northwest Suburbs, were they joined St Mary’s parish where he was married to his wife Kim in 1983. Frank graduated from the University of Illinois with a Civil Engineering degree and began his career in construction and real estate development in the Loop of Chicago. From there they moved to Hartford Connecticut for a few years and in 1984 they relocated to Maryland to join The Rouse Company where he managed notable projects in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore and many other cities across the country.

Frank and Kim settled in Columbia Maryland and are the proud parents of three children. They have been members of St. Louis parish since 1985. He was ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Baltimore on May 16, 2015. He and his wife are thrilled to be assigned to their home parish.

Mrs. Marianne Faulstich Pastoral Associate – mfaulstich@stlouisparish.org
Marianne has been in the Baltimore area her whole life, beginning at Immaculate Conception parish in Towson. She had an early connection with St. Louis: Msgr. Myles McGowan, who became pastor here in Clarksville, was an associate pastor at Immaculate and baptized her.  She went to Towson Catholic High School, graduated from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a degree in English, and retired in 2005 after 35 years in the federal government in the Department of Health and Human Services.

She and her late husband, AJ, moved to Highland in 1976.  Since his death in 2003, her life has become an unexpected adventure, leading to graduate school and this wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord and his people at St. Louis.  She graduated in May 2010 with a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies from the Washington Theological Union (sounds non-denominational, but it is a “Roman Catholic graduate school for ministry and theology”) located in Washington DC.  As Pastoral Associate, Marianne is responsible for the RCIA process, Catholic Social Justice ministries, pastoral visitors, Sister Parishes, and STAND.  Her role is to collaborate with the clergy in the pastoral care of the St Louis family and she is humbled and delighted for this calling.

Mrs. Heather AdelsbergerDirector of Music – hadelsberger@stlouisparish.org
Heather Adelsberger grew up in a musical family in Trenton, New Jersey.  She graduated from Ewing High School in 2001 and subsequently earned her BM in Piano Performance at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and her MM in Collaborative Piano at the University of Maryland in College Park.  (Collaborative Piano may be best described as “playing well with others”.)

Heather hails from a family lineage of choral conductors and church musicians and has always found her calling in sacred music. Most recently, she served the community at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Potomac, Maryland as Principal Organist. She is delighted to join the vibrant faith community here at St. Louis.

In addition to her work in church music ministries, Heather works extensively with young people, maintaining a private piano studio in Alexandria, Virginia.  She is also an active performer and particularly enjoys concertizing with her husband, Andrew Adelsberger.