Parish Staff

St. John's Parish Staff are here to help you with your administrative and pastoral needs. Please feel free to call us at (301) 373-2281, email us at, or stop by if you:

- would like to register with the parish

- are new and would like a tour of the parish property

- would like to schedule an appointment with the pastor

- want to have a Mass said for a relative, friend, or acquaintance, living or deceased

- have a relative, friend, or acquaintance who is ill or in the hospital and would like to be visited

- have any question at all about St. John's Parish

Office hours are 8am - 4pm, Tuesday through Friday.

Rev. Raymond Schmidt

Fr. Ray celebrates Mass several times each week, hears confessions, provides the sacraments of baptism, marriage, and anointing of the sick to parishioners, provides spiritual direction and pastoral care, visits the sick, hospitalized, and homebound of the parish, makes final decisions regarding the management of St. John's School and Parish, and serves in all other ways as the shepherd and spiritual father of our Catholic community at St. John's.

Rev. Eamon Dignan
Priest in Residence (Ret.)

Fr. Dignan celebrates Mass several times each week at St. John's and helps Fr. Ray by hearing confessions when Fr. Ray is unavailable. He loves to talk sports, especially football.

Deacon Ammon Ripple
Pastoral Assistant

Deacon Ammon serves the parish as a permanent deacon. He assists at Mass, visits parishioners at many local nursing homes, conducts RCIA classes for candidates and catechumens who are unable to attend the 7pm Tuesday classes, performs baptisms, organizes the Schoenstatt Family Rosary Campaign at St. John's, and uses his carpentry skills to help maintain and beautify our parish buildings.

Dawn Papp
Finance Manager

Dawn Papp is a familiar face to many in our community. She and her family were part of our community from 2010-2012 during her husband’s first tour of duty with NAS Patuxent River.
When they returned for their second tour, she served as our school’s advanced math teacher for middle school from 2015-2019. In 2017, she also served our school as the assistant principal. She is excited to join our community again as the Finance Manager for both the school and the parish. Dawn is a military wife of 25 years, and she and her husband, Dan, have four children, ranging in age from 15-22. She treasures the time she is able to spend with God each day in prayer and marvels at the path God has created for her thus far. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family. She especially enjoys evening walks with her husband and family vacations at the beach.

Mary Pat Kirk
Deacon Ken Scheiber
Pastoral Assistant
Jonathan Hellerman
Director of Music Ministry

Jonathan is the Director of St. John's Music Ministry. He oversees music ministry at our parish and school, including managing the choir and cantor schedules, providing organ music for Sunday Masses and holy days of obligation, directing the 9am Sunday Choir and Youth Choir, providing training and enrichment for musicians at our parish, teaching music classes, and being available to assist as needed at wedding and funeral liturgies.

Diana Huber
Administrative Assistant to the Pastor

Diana assists the parish pastor with administrative duties and manages the parish facilities calendar. Contact her if you would like to make an appointment with Fr. Ray or have an event scheduled on the parish calendar. A native Californian, Diana settled in Maryland 28 years ago and has been in Hollywood since 2011, where she moved to be close to her daughter Debbie and son-in-law Patrick and grandchildren Michael, Caitlin, and Jack. She enjoys living in southern Maryland and hearing the many stories of its rich history.

Rich Olon
Director of Religious Education/Youth Minister

Rich runs St. John’s youth ministry, the parish religious education program for grades K-12, and St. John’s Summer Program.  The opportunity to work for the Church and to be near family was too appealing to pass up and motivated Rich to make a career change and move from Philadelphia to SoMD in late 2010. Among his favorite saints are St. John Bosco, St. John Paul the Great, St. Faustina, and Venerable Fulton Sheen.  If it has to do with youth and their spiritual formation, please contact him. He’d enjoy hearing from you.

Christopher Turner
Facilities and Maintenance Director

Chris works to ensure the safety, cleanliness, and good appearance of our parish and school facilities utilizing his HVAC, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical knowledge and skills. He is a long-time resident of St. Mary's County who has enjoyed doing facility maintenance and management for over 15 years. He and his wife Kristen and their three children are happy to be members of our close-knit parish and Blue Ribbon school community.