Our Priests


Pastor, Father Erik Arnold
Fr. Arnold grew up in Columbia and Catonsville, attending St. Mark School and Mt. St. Joseph High School.  He was awarded a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  A year after graduating from college, he was accepted as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, beginning his philosophy studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.  He was later appointed to the Pontifical North American College in Rome for five years of theology studies where he earned Baccalaureate and Licentiate degrees in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.  He was ordained a priest in 1999 by Cardinal William Keeler and served at St. Louis Church in Clarksville and the Church of the Crucifixion in Glen Burnie before being appointed pastor of OLPH in 2007.

Associate Pastor, Father John Rapisarda
Fr. John is the third of four children born to Greg and Carol Rapisarda.  He grew up in Bel Air, where he attended St. Margaret Elementary and Middle School and John Carroll High School.  In 2000, he graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelor of Arts in History. After graduating, he became a Carmelite Friar in a monastery in southeast Ohio, and spent his time between monastic life in Ohio and seminary studies at St. Vincent in Latrobe, PA.  He served as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish and school for three years.  Fr. John is now serving as both Associate Pastor at OLPH and Director of Campus Ministry at UMBC.