Meet Our Parish Priests and Staff

Fr. Shay

Fr. Shay Auerbach, S.J.

Fr. Auerbach has been pastor of Sacred Heart Church since 2008.  He is also president of the board of directors of Sacred Heart Center, a non profit organization whose mission is “to create a hub for the Richmond hispanic/latino community which opens opportunities for economic and social integration, self fulfillment, and community leadership development.”  He has served on the Mayor’s Anti Poverty Commission.  Fr. Auerbach is a member of the Society of Jesus, (the Jesuits) a Roman Catholic religious order known for education, missionary endeavors, and engagement in social justice work.  Prior to his arrival in Richmond in 2007 he worked in Raleigh, North Carolina and Mexico.  Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Fr. Auerbach holds masters degrees in linguistics, philosophy, and theology.

Fr. Don

Fr. Don Ward, S.J.
Senior Priest

Fr. Ward has ministered at Sacred Heart Church since 2017.  Before, Fr. Ward has taught at St. Joseph’s Prep and Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C., but his love of new cultures also led him to serve in Santiago, Chile, where he worked at Hogar de Cristo (Home of Christ) helping the needy. He then served in Tanzania and the Dominican Republic, among other countries, and in between, served parishes in the North Carolina and other parts of the United States.

Alfredo Arreola
Director of Administration
Phone Number: 804.729.5490
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm

Alfredo Arreola’s journey with the Sacred Heart Community began in 2005 when he first arrived in the United States. A native of Guanajuato, Mexico, Alfredo brought with him a rich cultural heritage and a deep-rooted passion for community. It was within the welcoming embrace of Sacred Heart that Alfredo found his home away from home.

In 2011, Alfredo’s commitment to his faith led him to take on a new role within the parish as a part-time intern. This marked the beginning of his journey towards deeper involvement and service to the Sacred Heart Community.

The year 2013 brought both personal and professional milestones for Alfredo. He exchanged vows with his beloved at Sacred Heart in a ceremony filled with love and faith. Following this joyous occasion, Alfredo transitioned into a full-time position as the maintenance and festival coordinator. Through his commitment and hard work, Alfredo demonstrated his ability to excel in his responsibilities, earning recognition for his contributions to the office as he assumed the role of Office Supervisor, where his dedication and tireless work ethic shone brightly.

Throughout his tenure, Alfredo’s responsibilities expanded significantly. He assumed the role of managing campus maintenance, overseeing employees, and orchestrating the logistical intricacies of parish activities with precision and care.

Alfredo’s pursuit of knowledge and personal growth continued alongside his professional endeavors. He graduated from Henrico High School and pursued higher education, earning his Business Associate Degree from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Undeterred by challenges, Alfredo’s thirst for knowledge led him to further academic achievements. In a proud moment for both himself and the community, Alfredo received his Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Loyola Chicago University.

In recognition of his unwavering dedication, exceptional achievements, and remarkable leadership qualities, Alfredo was recently bestowed with a well-deserved promotion. He now holds the esteemed position of Director of Administration, a testament to his exemplary service and commitment to the Sacred Heart Community.

Alfredo Arreola’s story is one of faith, perseverance, and the transformative power of community. His journey serves as an inspiration to us all, reminding us of the profound impact one individual can have when guided by love, faith, and a steadfast commitment to serving others.

Arely Sanchez

Arely Sanchez
Weddings, Funerals and XV Celebrations
Phone Number: 804.801.5001
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm

Marisol Vitervo

Marisol Vitervo
Phone Number: 804.232.8964
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm

Maria Elena Gaona

Vicky Molina
Youth Ministry
Phone Number: 804.396.3712
Schedule: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm

Vicky Molina

María Elena Gaona
Coordinator of Baptisms and RCIA
Phone Number: 804.729.5492
Schedule: Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm

Yenni León
Coordinator of Religious Education and Baptism

Phone Number: 804.715.5591
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Carmen O'Brien

Carmen O’Brien
Director of Music and Liturgy

Phone Number:  804.621.5979
Schedule: Monday – Thursday 10:30 am- 6:30pm

Rev Mr. James Douglass Greer

Rev. Mr. James Douglas Greer

Pat Rollston

Pat Rollston
Archives Coordinator


Rev. Mr. Dennis Holley

Rev. Mr. Francisco Ovalle

Rev. Mr. Michael Carlucci

Rev. Domingo Caratachea

Rev. Mr. Domingo Caratachea


Edwin Ramos

Edwin Ramos

Floyd Robinson