Our Clergy and Staff

Father Mark Hammond - Pastor, Knox-Licking Consortium of Catholic Churches

Father Mark Hammond

A native of Newark, Fr. Hammond was ordained to the priesthood in 1989.  He came to Mount Vernon in July of 2006, and hopes to stay a very long time!  He has graduate degrees in both canon law and moral theology, and he is also an R.N.  His hobbies include music and golf.


Father Olvera - Parochial Vicar, Knox-Licking Consortium of Catholic Churches

Father Olvera

Fr. Olvera was raised in Columbus, Ohio and served as a middle school mathematics teacher for the past 17 years in Jacksonville, Florida and Hilliard, Ohio. He holds a teaching license in elementary education with certification in middle school mathematics and a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. He also is a licensed principal having obtained a master’s degree from OSU.  After discerning a call to the priesthood, Fr. Olvera attended and earned a Master of Divinity from Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, MA.

Deacon Tim Birie - Deacon, Knox-Licking Consortium of Catholic Churches

Deacon Tim Birie

Saint Vincent DePaul Society Coordinator, Adult Bible Study Leader, SVDP 8th Grade Religion Teacher

Mr. Greg Henkel - Pastoral Assistant

Mr. Greg Henkel

RCIA/Adult Ed Coordinator, HS Youth Group Director, Baptism Class Teacher for 1st-time Parents, Eucharistic Adoration Coordinator

Mrs. Barb Dusenberry - Financial Secretary

Mrs. Barb Dusenberry

BAA Coordinator, Payroll, Weekend Collection Coordinator, Accounts Payable, Purchasing

Mrs. Amanda Mayville - Parish Secretary

Mrs. Amanda Mayville

Pastor’s Secretary, Bulletin Editor, Church Cemetery Plot Director,  Sacramental Records Editor, Mass Intention Director

Mrs. Susan Birie - PSR Director

Mrs. Susan Birie

Parish School of Religion Director K-8th Grade, Confirmation preparation Director

Sr. Jean Welling, S.C., Retired - Sister

Sr. Jean Welling, S.C., Retired

Extraordinary Minister to the sick, Retired

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