Janet Sumner


A local from Baltimore, Janet grew up in a devout Catholic Family and is currently a member of Our Lady of the Chesapeake Parish (OLC) in Anne Arundel County where she lives. She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a degree in Business Management & Marketing and married her high school sweetheart over twenty years ago in 1994. She and her husband Steve raised their two beautiful children–Shannon & Ryan–in Pasadena, Maryland, where they attended St. Jane Frances Catholic School. Years have flown by so fast, and she is approaching an empty nest with Ryan being a Junior at Archbishop Spalding High School searching colleges, and Shannon a Freshman at Towson University. Over the years, Janet says she felt a pull to strengthen and continue her own faith journey. When a friend introduced her to Our Lady of Chesapeake she was hooked. She became an Adult Leader in the HSYM Confirmation program and is starting her fifth year there this fall. “The kids really teach me, and I am strengthened by them. OLC reminds me a lot of OLPH, similar evangelization and volunteerism in these two parishes. People are the heart and soul. They love their parish! That’s so important in this day and age to instill in your children. After all, they are the future of the Catholic Church.”
Janet worked as an accountant for over seven years at an economic consulting firm in Annapolis before finding a slower pace at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 2013. She is now the senior accountant at OLPH for both the school and the church. This position was the perfect fit for her to help supplement a new venture in life with her husband this past year. Janet and Steve opened a restaurant in their neighborhood of Pasadena called Founders Tavern & Grille. Her husband is the chef and creative soul behind the food and offerings. Janet used her design background and talent to do the décor and marketing for the restaurant. She is also the financial business manager, so she is one busy girl. “OLPH has been such a blessing to me. To have a job in a loving, positive atmosphere is an amazing gift!”

What do you love best about OLPH?

There is a strong feeling of family here. It’s so nice to see such an active Parish where people care so much. It has a lot of heart and soul.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Since opening the restaurant I don’t have much free time, however, I long to once again go kayaking on weekends, camping with my children and family, cooking and experimenting with food and recipes with our best friends and our kids. Also, we love drinking a great bottle of wine, and I enjoy photography as I LOVE to capture memories.