St. Benedict Parish, Doniphan, MO, Founded 1859

St. Benedict Church, Doniphan, MO (circa 2010)
St. Benedict Church, Doniphan, MO (circa 2010)

General parish info

Contact info
Pastor: Fr. William M. Hodgson
Associate Pastor: Fr. Simon Enudu
Office Manager:
Deborah Carter
CRE: Terri
Wright & Sandra Kennon
PSR:
John & Cheryl Hawks

Phone: (573) 996-3301
Mailing address:St. Benedict Church, 306 Kegler St., Doniphan, MO 63935-1712

Email: stb1849@windstream.net
Website: www.stbenedictdoniphan.com


All schedules subject to change. Please call parish offices above to verify.

Weekend Mass times

Sunday
9 a.m.

Saturday
6 p.m.

Daily Mass Times

Monday – Saturday
7:30 a.m. (verify with parish office)

Confession

Saturday
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. or by appointment

Adoration

Saturday
7:30 p.m. – midnight

Office hours

Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Updated: 08-16-17

History

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In 1857, a St. Louis diocesan priest, Fr. John Hogan, explored southeastern Missouri and discovered vast areas of untouched land abundant with game and timber. He remembered this when attending to the plight of Irish immigrants who were living in shanties along railroad tracks in St. Louis. Eventually, he established a settlement in what would become known in legend and history as the “Irish Wilderness.” Throughout the winter of 1858, small groups of Irish families drifted into the wilderness until, in spring of 1859, there were 200 Irish immigrant settlers in the “Irish Wilderness.” Many of those early family names are prominent in Missouri history.

The Civil War would lead to the demise of the settlement because it was taken over by the Missouri bushwhackers.

Priests served

Reker, Fr. Val H., Aug 3, 1955 – Apr 7, 1961
Schmittzehe, Fr. Franklin D. (Administrator), Apr 8, 1961 – Jun 2, 1961
Schumacher, Fr. Robert A., Apr 8, 1961 – Jun 14, 1965
Willerding, Fr. Raymond E., Jun 15, 1965 – Jun 30, 1971
Holterman, Fr. Herbert J., Jul 1, 1971 – Jun 30, 1984
Barry, Fr. Lawrence E., SJ, D, 1984-1985, 1985-1986, 1986-1987, 1987-1988, 1988-1989, 1989-1990, 1990-1991
Thro, Fr. Thomas F., SJ, D, 1991-1992, 1992-1993
Corrigan, Fr. J. David, SJ, D, 1993-1994, 1994-1995, 1995-1996
Dohogne, Fr. David J., Feb 2, 1996 – Aug 12, 2003
Lutz, Fr. Frederick J., Aug. 13, 2003 – Aug 16, 2005
Swalina, Msgr. Michael F., STD, Aug 17, 2005 – Sep 5, 2007
Coon, Fr. David N., Sep 6, 2007 – Jun 30, 2015
Hodgson, Fr. William M., Jul 1, 2015 –

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

Parish related

GPS coordinates: N36° 37.163’ W090° 49.118’ (click here for map)

Attended from: Sacred Heart Church, Poplar Bluff, MO

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