Fr. Silvio Kaberia
Pastor of Blessed Sacrament since 2012, Fr. Silvio Kaberia hails from Kenya, where he was born so early that he was given emergency baptism. He was raised in a Catholic family, and the Bible was the first book that interested him. In high school, he realized that he wanted to become a priest. His parents encouraged him, but his grandmother was angry; she did not see why anyone would want to be a priest.
After being ordained to the priesthood in 1983, Fr. Kaberia had various academic and parochial assignments in Kenya. Some of his former students are now priests, and one is a bishop. One of his postings was an apostolate among the nomads of the Apostolic Vicariate of Isiolo, a part of Kenya with a Muslim majority. Right across the street from the cathedral where Fr. Kaberia served as priest was a mosque. He learned firsthand about the challenges of being in the Christian minority.
While visiting a friend in Richmond, he met the late Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, who eventually asked if he would like to work in the Diocese. Fr. Kaberia has served at several parishes before coming to Blessed Sacrament. We are sure that his former parishioners were as sorry to see him leave as we are glad to have him with us!
Fr. Miguel Melendez
Born May 9, 1984 in Corpus Christi, Texas, Miguel Melendez is the second of three children of Deacon Jose and Karen Melendez. He has an older sister, Christy, and a younger brother, Kyle.
His father, Deacon Jose, serves at Holy Spirit, Christiansburg, and Holy Family, Pearisburg. His mother, Karen, is Director of Adult Faith Formation and RCIA at Our Lady of Nazareth in Roanoke.
Father Miguel went to the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., after graduating from high school.
In 2002 he joined a group of Coast Guard cadets in praying the rosary “and I found myself studying the Bible,” Father Miguel said. He was a member of the Academy glee club and joined a Catholic choir.
Parishes in which Father Miguel was assigned while in the seminary were Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Salem, summer of 2012; St. Bede, Williamsburg, summer of 2013; Holy Spirit, Virginia Beach for his pastoral year of 2014-2015, and the Parishes of St. Peter’s, Richmond; St. Patrick’s, Richmond, and St. John’s, Highland Springs, 2016.
But he is most excited to now be part of the Blessed Sacrament in Harrisonburg family!!!
Coordinator of Religious Education for Children
Valerie graduated from Berea College with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development. She has always enjoyed children’s ministries and has been involved in them as a volunteer, since high school. Growing up in a strong Catholic home, attending CCD classes, as well as a Catholic high school, Valerie learned how important it was to have a strong Catholic faith and that it is vital to give our children that same strong foundation by sharing our faith with them.
Valerie, originally from Akron, Ohio, lives just outside of Bridgewater with her husband, Russ, along with 3 of their teen children and 1 nephew. They also have 2 adult “children” as well. Evenings and weekends, if she is not at a church event or meeting, you can find her attending one of her kids high school activities or sporting events. She also enjoys teaching Group Fitness classes at Gold’s Gym. Any remaining free time, she enjoys reading and working in the yard.
She says the best part about coordinating the children’s religious education program is getting to know so many children and families in our parish and encouraging them to feel a part of this wonderful Catholic community. She especially loves preparing children to receive their First Communion. Nothing is better than helping children to prepare themselves to receive the Body of Christ and to learn to walk as a disciple of Christ.
George grew up in Baltimore and went to Mount St. Mary’s University where he graduated with a degree in Political Science. He was married in 2011 to his wife Brittany and they have one daughter, Liliana.
Before coming to Blessed Sacrament, George worked for 3 years as a Campus Minister serving the students at the University of NC at Greensboro. He has been doing ministry for over 7 years in all aspects of the Church ranging from children’s ministry to adult formation.
George has a passion for all things outdoors, but in particular Rock Climbing. He enjoys card and board games, and is very competitive (in a charitable way). He jumps at the opportunity to see a new movie. He loves reading about the lives of the saints and the Church’s mission to evangelize. He takes pleasure in working with young people and is excited to be a part of Youth Ministry.
His favorite saint is Saint Augustine and his favorite Bible verse is Matthew 16:18.
Bill joined the Blessed Sacrament team after a long career in management positions in several industries. He has owned and operated two businesses, a real estate and insurance agency and a general contracting company that built agricultural and industrial buildings. His corporate experience includes responsibilities in Sales Management, Marketing, Software Product Development, Project Management, Accounting and Client Services. Those responsibilities have included the full financial responsibility of multi-million dollar budgets and more than 50 employees.
Bill holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Management from Fairfield University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University. Born and raised in Connecticut, he and his wife Cappy have lived in many parts of the eastern US. Bill served as the “lay member of the corporation” a.k.a. “trustee” at St. Rose of Lima parish in Connecticut and on the Parish Council and Buildings and Grounds Committee at parishes in other part of the country.
Please apply by picking up an application in the Church Office.
Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry
Michelle was born in Puerto Rico, and moved to the US in 2003. She started out in New Market for a couple of months and then moved to Harrisonburg. Michelle graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 2007. After graduating, started working in production plants in the area but eventually decided to go to college. In 2009, Michelle started at National College and in 2011 got an Associate’s Degree in Surgical Technology.
Michelle has always been a Catholic but never had really practiced her faith. One day she made a deal with God that she would come to Church if he would do her a favor. As you can see, He came through on his end of the deal which led her to our parish. In March 2012, Michelle came to Church to keep her promise and felt God’s call. Ever since that day she has been coming to Church and has become an active member of the Church in the Hispanic Community. She has two daughters named Reyna and Joselynn and is happily married to José Amaya. Michelle is very thankful to Fr. Silvio and Bill Brennan for the opportunity to work with our parish community and to serve God through them.
SecretaryMartha Moyers is a native of Front Royal, Virginia, the daughter of John Chappell and Sally Harrison. She has also lived in Alexandria, Doswell, Culpeper, and Richmond. She considers herself American by birth and a Virginian by the grace of God! She moved to the Valley to attend Madison College (now JMU) and never left. She is married to Valley native Rex Moyers. They have two daughters, Rachel and Regina, and one granddaughter, Kailie. Martha and Rex joined the Catholic Church in 1992. Prior to that, she was an Episcopalian. Her late father was an Episcopal minister. When asked what her father would say about her becoming Catholic, Martha’s response is that now he is in heaven with the Lord and he knows what the true Church is!