About Us

We, the diverse Catholic community of Sacred Heart, are called to act as disciples of Jesus, respecting the dignity of all, through our Word, Worship, Community and Service.



Parish Pastoral Council

Develops Parish Mission Statement and the vision, plan, and policy for the parish.

  • Fr. Paul Muyimbwa – Pastor

Discerned Members:

  • Dan Doyle – Chair
  • Tom Bosse – Vice-Chair
  • Terri Kirchner – Secretary
  • Karen Reynes – Secretary
  • Joe Migliozzi
  • Shawn Smith
  • Silver Ibenye
  • Ashby Kennedy
  • Andrea McLemore
  • Josefa Hassett
  • Christopher Woods
  • Matt Louth – Christian Formation Representative (children and youth)
  • Meg Leeman – Liturgy Committee Representative
  • Jeannine McDonnell – Justice and Peace Committee Representative
  • Dan Boyters – Administration Committee Representative

Finance Council

Ensures proper financial records are maintained, develops budget, assists in preparing annual report.

Council Members:

  • Len Weireter – Chair
  • Tim Dorsey
  • Mike Soniak
  • Laura Quinn McDermott
  • Andrew Bosse

Parish Staff

sacred heart staff 2015-5 Dr. James Gallatin, Music Director. jim@sacredheartnorfolk.org.

Jim Gallatin has been the Music Director at Sacred Heart Church in Norfolk since 1980. He studied the organ with Joseph Miranda in Salt Lake City, Dr. Charles Vogan at Old Dominion College [B.S. organ], and Dr. Alexander Boggs Ryan at Western Michigan University [M.M. organ]. He received a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

 sacred heart staff 2015-6
Amy Woods, Director of Religious Education/Youth Minister. amy@sacredheartnorfolk.org

Amy Woods has been the Director of Religious Education at Sacred Heart since 2001.  She has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History from Clarion University and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans.  Before coming to Sacred Heart, Amy was the Youth Minister at Holy Family Catholic Church in Virginia Beach for 5 years.  When she is not at Sacred Heart, Amy is at home with her husband, Terry, and 2 teenage children.  Amy and Terry have lived in Norfolk since 1993 and call it home.  In her spare time Amy likes to preserve her family memories by scrapbooking.  You will often catch her taking pictures for that growing book.


 sacred heart staff 2015-1Neil P. Walsh, Director of Social Ministry. neil@sacredheartnorfolk.org.

Neil and Pat moved back to Norfolk in 1996 and resumed active parish participation in J&P, Community Life, Parish Council and many parish activities. Their son Scott and daughter Stephanie are both married and live in California. They have 2 grandsons.

After a 30 year career in the U.S. Submarine Force and a short venture into the business world, Neil became a full time Social Justice advocate and activist at Sacred Heart in 2002.

 sacred heart staff 2015-3 Leanne Besachio, Faith Formation Administrative Assistant. leanne@sacredheartnorfolk.org

Leanne has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel.  She has over 10 years of professional experience in college administration.  Leanne is a US Navy spouse and mother of 3 children.  Those roles have given her the opportunity to live in 6 states and 1 US territory.   Leanne is happy to call Norfolk home since 2013.  When she is not at Sacred Heart you can find her volunteering/substitute teaching at St. Patrick Catholic School, walking her dog, driving her kids to activities, or enjoying a dinner out with her husband.

Diana Kreider, Parish Administrative Assistant. office@sacredheartnorfolk.org


 sacred heart staff 2015-13 Andrew Buckles, Bookkeeper. andrew@sacredheartnorfolk.org
 sacred heart staff 2015-8 Calvin Hoffler, Maintenance Technician

Parish Registration


Registration Dates

Registration dates are usually the 4th Sunday of the Month.

Dec. 10, 2017
Jan. 28, 2018
Feb. 25, 2018
Mar. 25, 2018
April 22, 2018
May 27, 2018
June 24, 2018


Registration Session

The format of the session is as follows:

  • Opening prayer
  • An ice breaker
  • A PowerPoint about the parish—history, general information, a slide on each of the 5 core areas and the ministries in each: Administration, Parish Life, Christian Formation, Justice and Peace and Liturgy.
  • A gallery walk for information
  • Breakout sessions will provide individuals with assistance completing the registration and focusing on at least one area of involvement.

Our History

The parish of the Sacred Heart dates from 1894 and it was the second Catholic parish established in the city of Norfolk, Virginia. It took 104 years since… read more