Vito S. Piazza, Sr.
Following a 35 year career as an Executive Chef and business owner, as well as 11 years as a Pastoral Associate Deacon Vito was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore on May 11th 2013. He is currently assigned to Saint Joseph Catholic Community where he served as a Pastoral Associate for 11 years. He assists at liturgies, baptizes children, witnesses marriages and has continued his association with the parishes R.C.I. A. program. He is also assigned to Springfield State Hospital. In his ministry as the Roman Catholic Chaplain at Springfield Hospital he serves as a liaison for Catholic patients connecting them to Saint Joseph. Vito rotates through all of the units on a regular basis making himself available to patients and presiding at communion services. In his assignment as a Chaplain at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Vito visits patients in the critical care units offering spiritual support and emotional reassurance. He also attends Ethics Committee meetings and family consults as needed. Vito also assists and preaches at Saint Charles Borromeo parish in Pikesville.
He earned a B.A in Religious Studies with minors in Latin American Studies and Philosophy from Notre Dame of Maryland University. He holds two masters degrees from Saint Mary’s Seminary & University Ecumenical Institute of Theology, an M.A. in Theology and an M.A. in Church Ministries with a concentration in Pastoral Care.
Vito and his wife Doris of 38 years established the Hope for Morrope Foundation, a 501C3 non-profit corporation in 2002 which provides post -secondary education leading to university admission for underprivileged young adults in Morrope, Peru.
Vito has one son who lives in Texas and is a Maintenance Manager at Southwest Airlines.
Vito is the Director of Saint Mary’s Spiritual Center and Historic Site www.stmaryspacast.org on Paca Street in Baltimore City which is a historic cradle of the Catholic Faith in the United States. St Mary’s is the site of the first Seminary in the United States and its Historic chapel. It is the original Baltimore home of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton the United States’ first Native born saint, and founder of the Sisters of Charity St Joseph. Mother Seton professed her first vows in the historic chapel. Saint Mary’s is the spiritual home to Mother Mary Lange the founder of the first congregation of African American women religious in the United States, the Oblates Sisters of Providence. Notably, it is also the spiritual home of Mother Theresa Duchemin founder of the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
His responsibilities at Saint Mary’s include, direction of docents, and curating of museum exhibits, development of historical and spiritual programming, facilitation of retreats and days of reflection, and maintenance of the historical buildings and property.