Holy Trinity Parish, Aurora, MO, Founded 1906
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. Charles Prost, CM
Secretary: Therese Kahre
DRE: Agnes Elsey
Phone: (417) 678-2403 • Fax: (417) 678-2551
Mailing address: PO Box 533, Aurora, MO 65605-0533
All schedules subject to change. Please call parish offices above to verify.
Weekend Mass times
Daily Mass Times
Tuesday & Thursday
10 – 10:15 a.m.
3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
2 – 5 p.m.
In the late 19th century, local mining prosperity attracted Catholics to Aurora. To attend Mass, they had to travel by horseback or carriage to either Verona or Billings. This led them to petition Kansas City’s Bishop John J. Hogan to start a parish. The first Masses were held in the City Hall by visiting Benedictine priests from Conception Abbey.
The first resident pastor, Fr. William Burke, came in 1896. Ten years later, Holy Trinity Church was built at the corner of College and Lincoln in 1906. A one-ton church bell, the tone of which was enhanced by the addition of 30 silver dollars, announced the presence of the new Catholic Church.
Fire engulfed the interior of the church on Nov. 13, 1915, which was subsequently restored and improved. With parish growth, a new rectory was added in 1916 and, in the late 1960s, a school of religion for those unable to attend Sacred Heart Catholic School in Verona. Gradually the site was no longer adequate for the parish’s needs.
Land at Carnation Road and Highway 60 was donated in 1979 for a new parish complex. The dedication of the new church and rectory took place on the feast of the Holy Trinity, June 1, 1980. Stained glass windows from the old church were included in the new. Parishioners built the altar and lectern from native stone. In the early 1990’s a bell tower was added to house the bell from the old church. A covered entryway to the church, a new wing with classrooms, hall and kitchenette were added. In 1996 a building housing a gym and large kitchen was built.
Because of the shortage of priests, since 1988 one pastor has served both Holy Trinity and Sacred Heart, Verona. In 2000, the parish started a new era with a parish life coordinator and a canonical pastor.
Donelly, Fr. Thomas E., July 29, 1952 – Sep. 2, 1958
Willerding, Fr. Raymond E., Sep. 2, 1958 – June 14, 1965
McKenna, Fr. James F., June 15, 1965 – Aug. 18, 1967
McGrane, Msgr. Walter J., Aug. 19, 1967 – Aug. 15, 1972
Ingoldsby, Fr. Gervase W., Aug. 16, 1972 – July 9, 1976
Tyransinski, Fr. Lucius L., OSP, D, 1978
Landewe, Fr. Robert A., July 15, 1979 – Aug. 15, 1988
Morciniec, Fr. Peter J., Aug. 16, 1988 – Oct. 6, 1999
Saunders, Fr. Allan L., Aug. 18, 1998 – Aug. 16, 2000
Hulshof, Fr. David F., Aug. 17, 2000 – Jan. 2006
Braun, Fr. John S., Jul 6, 2006 – Aug 16, 2007
Balthazar, Fr. Rodolphe (Sacramental Assistant), Aug 16, 2007 – Jan 6, 2010
Alverez, Fr. Milton, CMF (Sacramental Ministry), Jan 7, 2010 – Apr 2011
McDevitt, Fr. Michael V. (Canonical Pastor), Jul 1, 2010 – Jun 30, 2011
McGann, Fr. Thomas A., CMF (Sacramental Priest), Jul 1, 2011 – Jul 31, 2012
Wenani, Fr. Kizito (Sacramental Priest), Aug 1, 2012 – Jun 30, 2013
Restrepo, Fr. Ruben D., CM, Jul 1, 2013 – Jun 30, 2014
Prost, Fr. Charles, CM, Jul 1, 2014 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.