Remembering Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson, the long-time Director of the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and native son of Baltimore, died June 19, 2017. He was 52 years old.

Throughout his nearly three decades in youth ministry, Johnson’s spirit, determination and commitment touched and influenced the lives of countless young people. “Brian’s leadership and engaging presence was an inspiration to the youth of our Archdiocese. He had a profound impact on not only the young people he served and their families, but also on the formation of youth ministry leaders,” Cardinal DiNardo said. “The Archdiocese is very grateful for his service to the local Church. He will be truly missed.”

Brian got his start in ministry here in Baltimore and spent much time here at the House.  He was a graduate of the High School Leadership Institute (High LI) and later served many times here on staff for that program.  Brian also served as youth minister at St. Cecelia, leading retreats here for the parish, as well as retreats for the Office of Black Catholic Ministry’s Harambee program. Brian truly loved being here and loved the House, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to the services being held in Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, services will also be held locally on Saturday, July 1, 2017 and are as follows:

Wake:  9:00 a.m.
Mass:  10:00 a.m.
St. Matthew Catholic Church
5401 Loch Raven Blvd
Baltimore, Maryland  21239

Burial: Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens

Repast: St. Matthew after burial – light refreshments

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:          

Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House
P. O. Box 310
Sparks, Maryland 21152

Camp Kappe Youth Retreat Center
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
c/o Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization
2403 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77021

Cards and condolences for Brian Johnson can be sent to his sister, Mrs. Renita Woodus, at:

5 Aspen Glen Court
Owings Mills, MD 21117


To learn more about Brian click HERE