About Our Staff
Rev. Joseph A. D'Aurora
Fr. Joe was born in Steubenville, OH and raised in Follansbee, WV in a happy, Italian-American family. He earned a bachelors degree in philosophy from St. Francis University in Loretto, PA, a masters degree in education from West Virginia University and a masters of divinity degree from St. Mary's Seminary University in Baltimore, MD. On May 12, 1973 he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and later transferred and was incardinated inthe Diocese of Richmond.
Fr. Joe is a Lieutenant Commander in the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve and has served in Okinawa, Japan, Camp Pendleton, CA, and San Diego, CA. His past assignments in the diocese have included St. Nicholas Parish, Virginia Beach, Christ the King, Norfolk, Chaplain and Guidance Counselor at Norfolk Catholic High School and pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Norton, VA. Most recently he was the Catholic Chaplain at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, VA. In 1989 he earned a certificate in liturgy from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. He approaches the pastorate of St. Patrick Parish with a fervent desire to serve God's people in priestly ministry.
Kathleen Nowacki-Correia, MARS, MALS, MA
Director of Religious Education
As DRE, Kathleen serves as programs administrator, heading a staff of 40 volunteers, in the Sunday Religious Education program (K-HS), Sacramental Prep, Adult Faith Formation, New Evangelization, Vacation Bible School, and Youth Ministry/Group, and she assists the pastor in the RCIA program. As a Liturgy team member, she writes the Sunday Mass Universal Petitions four times annually, serves as a Lector, and sings in the choir. In response to the Church’s mission within the New Evangelization, Kathleen’s weekly radio program, Kindle My Fire ©, celebrates Catholic spirituality, and is inspired by Scripture, doctrine, the saints, and sacred music. It airs Sunday mornings at 8:30 on local Classic 96.7, 3WZ FM, and each Sunday's show is linked to the parish website.
She writes the Sunday Scripture lesson for the parish bulletin and is an approved Diocesan speaker.
Originally from the Philadelphia Archdiocese, Kathleen received her elementary faith formation at the Polish-American parochial school she attended in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and earned her Catholic college preparatory school diploma at Villa Maria Academy, Malvern, on the Philadelphia Main Line. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies in Dogmatic Theology from St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York, the major seminary of the New York Archdiocese; a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in Humanities, with a concentration in Catholic Theology Expressed through Literature and Film, from Hollins University, Roanoke; and a Master of Arts in Screenwriting and Film Studies, which focused on Catholic Perspectives in Cinema, also at Hollins. Her undergraduate degrees are an Associate in Science in Equine Studies and a Hunt Seat Equitation Teacher’s Certificate from Southern Seminary Junior College, Buena Vista, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing, with a Poetry concentration from Hollins College.
Married to Washington and Lee University graduate Ray-Eric Correia from 1975 until his passing in 2018, Kathleen commuted for many years between her husband’s native New York City and their horse farm in Rockbridge County, working primarily in Catholic and secular print and broadcast journalism, equestrian sports journalism, and active in many parish ministries in Manhattan and Lexington. She was a reporter for Catholic New York, at the recommendation of John Cardinal O’Connor, Archbishop of New York, and for the Catholic Virginian, among other publications, and a copy editor locally at The News-Gazette. A highlight of her career was working with her Manhattan pastor, Msgr. Michael J. Wrenn, Cardinal O’Connor’s Special Consultant for Religious Education, and EWTN’s Father Gerald E. Murray, JCD, on theological corrections to the initial English translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, at the Vatican Editor's request, prior to its release for publication in the United States.
She holds certificates in development and fundraising, business communications, hunt-seat equitation instruction, and worked locally with the Virginia Horse Center Foundation in its early stages. In addition to theology, literature, creative writing, and film studies, she has a background in ballet, music composition and performance, drama, mounted foxhunting, and, liturgy. A quote from her patron, St. Catherine of Siena, serves as her guide, “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world ablaze.”
Director of Music and Assistant Director of Liturgy
Justin was born near Irvine in southern California to good Catholic parents and grew up in Santa Maria on the state’s central coast. At age sixteen he moved with his family to western Ohio. After graduating high school, Justin assisted his late father Daniel with his irrigation design business and became a freelance writer before relocating to rural Rockbridge County in the fall of 2008.
Justin studied piano and organ in his youth under several different private tutors while delving into music theory and composition on his own. He was a substitute organist at two Catholic parishes in his mid-teen years. Since 2009, Justin has served as music director for the annual “God the Father Feast Day” celebration at Terra Patris near Goshen. Before coming to St. Patrick’s, Justin served as a choir member at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Staunton, where he has been a registered parishioner since 2008. Justin is a composer and arranger of classical piano music for a variety of performance levels. He has also released a two-CD instrumental piano album, Selections from The St. Michael Hymnal (2013). Justin is currently working to earn a bachelor’s degree in music studies.
Justin’s approach to music and liturgy is shaped by a profound appreciation for the riches of Catholic tradition along with the guiding principles set forth by the Second Vatican Council, particularly in Sacrosanctum concilium (The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy). Realizing that sacred music and the Church’s liturgy are intimately interrelated as the noblest forms of prayer to the glory of God, Justin collaborates with the Pastor, parish staff members, choir, and instrumentalists to organize and execute Masses, prayer services, weddings, and other musical and liturgical events that are appropriate and dignified in order to nourish and strengthen the life of the vibrant St. Patrick faith community.
An accomplished author and occasional blogger, Justin has published more than 100 articles on faith, politics, science, the environment, and other topics in various print and digital publications including Lay Witness, Inside the Vatican, Catholic Online, Catholic Exchange, Catholic365, Intellectual Conservative, OpEdNews, and EzineArticles. His book America’s Back-Door Enemy (Tate Publishing, 2009) discusses terrorism from a Catholic perspective. Justin is also a dedicated gardener and small farmer. In his spare time he enjoys reading, fishing, coin collecting, and amateur astronomy.
Deacon Paul Gorski
St. Patrick's Parish Office Manager is Leslie Straughan of Lexington. She joined the staff in November 2010, and loves interaction with people, especially those she encounters in her job. Leslie is married to Rob Straughan and has two sons. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Chemical Engineering. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors and gardening.