Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson, MO, Founded 1922
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. Rick L. Jones, MDiv, LPC
Associate Pastor: Fr. Simon M. Enudu, SMP
Deacons: Daniel Vaughn & Richard Harden
Pastoral Associate: Sr. Francine Koehler, SSND
PSR: Pat Hutcheson
Communications Director: Joyce Arnold
Mission & Evangelization: David Wright
Custodians: Dennis & Debbie Labanowski
Phone: (417) 334-2928 • Fax: (417) 334-6883
Mailing address: Our Lady of the Lake Church, 203 Vaughn Dr., Branson, MO 65616-2542
All schedules subject to change. Please call parish offices above to verify.
Weekend Mass times
8 & 10:30 a.m.
7 p.m., Spanish
Daily Mass Times
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday – Thursday
9 a.m. Wednesday – 6 p.m. Thursday
9 a.m., Lauds, followed by Eucharistic Adoration
3 p.m., Centering prayer
Monday – Thursday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
10 a.m. – 12-noon
Our Lady of the Lake parish has grown over the course of eight decades from sporadic summer time Masses for visiting fishermen and campers, to a bustling family of Catholic Christians who welcome several thousand visitors every weekend. From 1915 until today, the Catholic faith has found fertile soil in Taney County, MO.
Officially dedicated in 1936 by Msgr. James J. McCaffrey, Our Lady of the Lake parish found its first home in the stone structure vacated by Farmers Bank. The tiny building served the community well until a growing tourist economy highlighted the need for additional space. The parish celebrated the dedication of its new and much larger church on Vaughan Drive in 1971 with Bishop William Baum of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese officiating.
Fr. Ernie Marquart shepherded the parish family from 1987 to 1993 during Branson’s “boom” years. Thanks to a burgeoning entertainment community, the town’s spreading fame brought Catholic Christians from all corners of the world to far exceed the capacity of that building. In 1993, Msgr. Philip A. Bucher came to Our Lady of the Lake with his “Vision for the Future” of a house of worship that would serve the parish’s unique needs for many years to come.
Today, Our Lady of the Lake welcomes 150,000 “part-time parishioners” to its three weekend Masses throughout the year. The latest parish census lists 350 active year-round families. Our Lady of the Lake parish seeks to motivate its family members to closer discipleship of Christ through daily action.
Nugent, Fr. Leo W., Sep. 30, 1942 – Aug. 17, 1944
McKenna, Fr. James F., Nov. 1, 1951 – Oct. 16, 1962
Hahn, Fr. Quentin V., Oct. 17, 1962 – Aug., 1964
Phillips, Fr. James B., Sep. 9, 1964 – June 14, 1965
Orf, Msgr. Raymond V., June 15, 1965 – July 9, 1976
Brath, Fr. John A., July 10, 1976 – June 30, 1981
Binder, Fr. Mark J., July 1, 1981 – Apr., 1982
McHugh, Fr. Paul J., Jan., 1982 – Apr., 1982; Administrator, May, 1982 – June 30, 1982; *Pastor, July 1, 1982 – June 3, 1983
Rolwing, Msgr. Richard C., Aug. 16, 1983 – Aug. 16, 1987
Marquart, Fr. Ernest J., Aug. 17, 1987 – Aug. 16, 1993
Bucher, Msgr. Philip A., Aug. 17, 1993 – Oct. 18, 2005
Conlon, Fr. Philip J., Administrator, Oct. 18, 2005 – Nov., 2005
Jones, Fr. Rick L., Nov. 21, 2005 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.