Guardian Angel Parish, Oran, MO, Founded 1892

Guardian Angel Church, Oran, MO (circa 2010)
Guardian Angel Church, Oran, MO (circa 2010)

General parish info

Contact info
Pastor: Fr. Randolph G. Tochtrop
Administrative Assistant: Ernestine Bueter
Cathy Dirnberger
Principal Guardian Angel School: Katrina Kluesner (see ‘Parish related’ tab)

Phone: (573) 262-3210 • Fax: (573) 262-3210
Mailing address: Guardian Angel Church, PO Box 158, 604 Church St., Oran, MO 63771-0158

Web site:

Weekend Mass times

10 a.m.
6 p.m.

Daily Mass Times

Tuesday – Thursday
8 a.m.

Holy days

8 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.


5:30 p.m., or by appointment


8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday before First Friday, Benediction followed by Confessions

Office hours

Monday – Thursday
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Updated: 07-19-17



The tension of not wanting to miss Sunday Mass and the need to travel southwest and west in search of additional farmland was never more evident than in the beginnings of the German Catholic community’s settlement of Oran. As the settlers moved farther and farther from New Hamburg, the horse and buggy journey to the Catholic church took longer and longer. Rainy days and wintry weather made the trip impossible at times.

Beginning in 1892, the pastor in Charleston responded to the people’s pleas and traveled the 20-mile one-way trip from Charleston to Oran on the St. Louis, Iron Mountain, and Southern Railroad once a month to celebrate Mass in the Crenshaw Warehouse.

One year later, a large wooden building was constructed. The church was housed on the second floor, the rectory and two classrooms on the first floor. It was dedicated in 1894. In 1899 and 1900 the Benedictine Sisters of Jonesboro, AR, took charge of Guardian Angel School. From 1901 to 1999 the Sister Adorers of the Precious Blood (Ruma, IL) helped to staff the school. Sr. Mary Bernard Braun, ASC, was involved in parish work until she was reassigned in January 2005.

The present brick building was built in 1917. Constructed in the style of a Romanesque Basilica, it was thought to be the most beautiful church in existence between St. Louis and Memphis. The previous wooden building was converted to a school and used until 1957 when the present school was built.

Priests served

Poepsel, Fr. Aloysius J., Jun 27, 1949 – Mar 6, 1965
Ingoldsby, Fr. Gervase W., Jun 15, 1965 – Aug 15, 1972
Rolwing, Msgr. Richard C., Aug 16, 1972 – Aug 15, 1983
Varone, Fr. Normand G., Aug 16, 1983 – Aug 16, 1994
Lutz, Fer. Frederick J., Aug 17, 1994 – Aug 16, 1996
Hejna, Fr. Lewis E., Aug 17, 1996 – Aug 16, 2001
Harth, Fr. John M., Aug 17, 2001 – Jun 30, 2009
Tochtrop, Fr. Randolph G., Jul 1, 2009 –

Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.

Parish related

GPS coordinates: N37° 05.465’, W089° 39.201’ (click here for map)


Guardian Angel School
PO Box 188, 514 Church St., Oran, MO 63771-0188

Principal: Katrina Kluesner,
Phone: (573) 262-3583, Fax: (573) 262-3583



Attends to: St. Joseph Parish, Advance, MO; and St. Ambrose Parish, Chaffee, MO

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