St. Catherine of Siena, Piedmont, MO, Founded 1873
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. Daniel J. Hirtz
Phone: (573) 223-4924, Fax: (573) 223-2239
Mailing address: 109 Piedmont Ave., Piedmont, MO 63957-1048
Weekend Mass times
4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass
Weeday Mass times
Monday – Tuesday
Wednesday – Friday
Tuesday – Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mass was first celebrated in a private home in Piedmont, MO, by Fr. John Hennesey who traveled south on horseback from Iron Mountain, a distance of about 50 miles. For the most part, the Catholic community consisted of Irish and Welsh immigrants who worked in the granite quarries.
In 1900 the pastor from Poplar Bluff celebrated Mass in private homes until 1911. In 1938 talks by two priests from Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis on Catholicism resulted in the celebration of monthly Masses by Vincentian priests traveling on horseback from Perryville. The private home used for worship was named St. Ann’s Chapel.
Vincentian priests with the Motor Missions arrived in Piedmont in June 1940 and provided daily Mass. The expanding ministry caused mission churches in Williamsville and Van Buren to be built. Greater use of automobiles brought diocesan priests from Poplar Bluff involved in the Missionary Apostolate Plan. A new chapel was built and dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena. A full-size church was built in 1957.
In 1962, with phasing out of the Missionary Apostolate Plan, a full-time pastor was appointed for Piedmont and its mission churches. In 1969, Chicago Servite priests were assigned to the parish. Then in 1977, diocesan priests once again served the parish and missions.
During the 1982 floods in the eastern portions of the diocese, parishioners offered shelter to residents of the town as the waters rose. Today, the granite quarries are gone, but the Catholic community remains active in sharing their faith and parish resources with those in need.
Huels, Msgr. Joseph H. (Parochial Administrator), Jun 24, 1957 – Aug 18, 1967
Rolwing, Msgr. Richard C., Oct 17, 1962 – Jun 14, 1965
Kunkel, Fr. Raymond W., Jun 15, 1965 – Aug 18, 1967
Shibley, Fr. Amel A., Aug 19, 1967 – Jun 17, 1969
Boland, Fr. Aloysius M., OSM, D, 1969
Boland, Fr. John J., OSM, D, 1971
Hirtz, Fr. Daniel J., Aug 1, 1977 – Aug 16, 1990
Friedel, Fr. John (J.) F., Aug 17, 1990 – Aug 16, 1993
Marquart, Fr. Ernest J., Aug 17, 1993 – Aug 16, 1994
Jones, Fr. Rick L., MA, MDiv (Administrator), Aug, 1993 – Aug 23, 1994
Rehrauer, Fr. Matthew J., Aug 24, 1994 – Aug. 9, 2006
Binder, Fr. Mark J., Aug 10, 2006 – Jun 30, 2013
Chettiyath, Fr. Shoby M., Jul 1, 2013 – Jun 30, 2015
Hirtz, Fr. Daniel J., Jul 1, 2015 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.