About the Staff
Executive Director Maxime Nogier oversees the Shrine’s development and coordinates relations between the Shrine and the Knights of Columbus headquarters in New Haven. He supervises the Shrine ministries of the Chaplain, the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, and the Office of Mission and Ministry.
In addition to his leadership at the Shrine, Mr. Nogier is Special Assistant to the Supreme Knight for French Affairs. He plays a key role in the growth of the Knights of Columbus in France. Among other projects, he coordinates the Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage in France, an annual pilgrimage which is sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA and the Knights of Columbus.
From 2009 to 2014, he was the Executive Assistant of His Excellency Jean Laffitte, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family at the Vatican. During these years, Mr. Nogier supervised the French-speaking affairs of the dicastery, planned the quinquennial visits ad limina apostolorum of diocesan bishops from all around the world, and assisted with the fundraising program launched by the secretary of the council. He also managed the day-to-day operation of the plenary assembly of the dicastery and organized the planning of two international World Meetings of Families presided over by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 and Pope Francis in 2015.
Previously, Mr. Nogier assisted the Vice President of the Pontifical Academy of Life (2007 – 2008) with the French translation of the proceedings of the academy.
Mr. Nogier graduated with a Doctorate of Bioethics from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy. He is fluent in French and Italian. He and his wife reside in Virginia. They are the parents of two children.
Reverend José Maria Cortes, F.S.C.B.
Reverend José Maria Cortes, F.S.C.B., serves as the Chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. A member of the Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of Saint Charles Borromeo, Fr. José was ordained in 1995. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, he has an S.T.B., and an M.A. in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of Portugal. Father has completed the courses portion for a Doctorate in Systematic Theology at the same university.
Father José considers Saint John Paul II to be “the Pope of my life. I had the grace of seeing him many times. His love for Christ and his missionary courage influenced immensely my faith and the steps of my vocation towards the priesthood. I always saw in him a model to follow in the way of being a shepherd of souls.”
A student of the work of St. John Paul II, the subject of Father’s dissertation is the Christological background of metaphysics of the person as it appears in The Acting Person. “His thought has deepened my understanding of how the mystery of Christ reveals the person in his transcendental dignity.”
The Shrine is fortunate to have as its Chaplain a priest influenced so directly by its patron and one who has had extensive experience as both teacher and pastor. He has been a high school teacher of religious and moral education in Lisbon, the founding pastor of two new churches in that country and served as a chaplain in the Portuguese Air Force for six years. More recently, he was pastor for five years of Christ the King Parish in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has also been a spiritual director of a retreat house for his religious community in Macerata Italy.
A Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, he was the chaplain of Father Rosensteel Council in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
The Saint John Paul II National Shrine is pleased to have a strong partnership with the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, and multiple OLM sisters are on the Shrine staff. Their ministry is to spread the message of the Divine Mercy, which was revealed to their sister, St. Faustina Kowalska. They do this by leading the prayer at the Hour of Mercy with the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 p.m. daily and by monthly offering the Evenings with the Merciful Jesus program.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy was founded in Poland on November 1, 1862 and has been in existence for over 150 years. St. Faustina, who was a member of the Congregation from 1925 until her death in 1938, is closely associated with St. John Paul II. In 1965, then-Archbishop Karol Wojtyła initiated the diocesan process of investigating St. Faustina’s possible canonization. Later, as Pope John Paul II, he would beatify her in 1993 and canonize her in 2000. More about the Congregation, their spirituality, and their work can be found here.
To submit your prayer intentions for the OLM Sisters to prayer over during the Hour of Mercy, please email PrayerRequests@jp2shrine.org.