St. Eustachius Parish, Portageville, MO, Founded 1902
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. Daniel Robles
Principal St. Eustachius School: Patricia Rone (see ‘Parish related’ tab)
Phone: (573) 379-5247
Mailing address: St. Eustachius Church, 210 W Fourth St., Portageville, MO 63873-1255
Weekend Mass times
Daily Mass Times
Tuesday & Friday
8 a.m. & 7 p.m.
4 – 4:45 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. First Friday of each month
Tuesday & Friday
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 – 5 p.m.
In 1899 Fr. James Furlong traveled regularly from Immaculate Conception Parish in New Madrid to Portageville to celebrate Mass in several homes. The first church was dedicated on Nov. 23, 1902, on ground donated by Eustace DeLisle. The parish was named St. Eustace after the Christian name of Mr. DeLisle. Fr. C. J. Kane was appointed its first pastor.
In 1904 Fr. Joseph McMahon became pastor and supervised moving the church to its present location.
The third pastor, Fr. Timothy O’Sullivan, directed the building of a parish school, which was completed in 1916. Under the fourth pastor, Fr. Joseph McMahon, the school opened in September 1917, staffed by the Sisters of Mercy. A convent was built for the sisters in 1952. The Sisters of Mercy were unable to staff the school after 1982 and were replaced by a staff of the Sisters of the Presentation and lay persons. After the departure of the Presentation Sisters, the lay staff was joined by members of the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union who remain at the school today.
At the insistence of Fr. William Galvin, who arrived in 1920, the parish’s name was changed to St. Eustachius, a Latinized form of its previous name. Fr. Galvin supervised rebuilding the church and the rectory in Spanish architectural style following a disastrous fire in 1923.
Fr. Bernard O’Flynn became pastor in 1929, followed in 1940 by Fr. Harry Lambert. In 1941 Fr. Sidney Stocking began his 16 years of service as pastor in a parish that had numbered about 160 families prior to World War II.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy DeLisle erected the grotto of Our Lady of Fatima in 1955.
Beginning in 1961, the parish has been served by the following pastors: Frs. Raymond Slay; John Rynish; Leo Schmelzle; John Baker; Amel Shibley; Elmer Stolle; Michael Swalina; James Reynolds; Fergus Monaghan; Roger Leveillee; Hank Grodecki, CM; Otto Schneebeck, CM; and Allan Saunders.
The parish was twinned with St. Cecilia, Kennett in 1999.
Stocking, Fr. Sidney P., D, 1956
Slay, Fr. Raymond P., D, 1958, 1959
Rynish, Msgr. John J., Apr. 23, 1960 – June 14, 1965
Schmelzle, Fr. Leo F., June 15, 1965 – June 17, 1969
Baker, Fr. John W., June 18, 1969 – July 14, 1971
Shibley, Fr. Amel A., July 15, 1971 – Aug. 20, 1976
Stolle, Fr. Elmer G., Aug. 21, 1976 – Aug. 4, 1980
Swalina, Msgr. Michael F., STD, Aug. 5, 1980 – July, 1984
Reynolds, Fr. James L. (Administrator then pastor), Aug. 15, 1984 – Dec. 27, 1984; *Pastor, Dec. 28, 1984 – Aug. 18, 1986
Monaghan, Fr. J. Fergus, Aug. 19, 1986 – Aug. 16, 1993
Leveillee, Fr. Roger L., Aug. 17, 1993 – Aug. 16, 2000
Swalina, Msgr. Michael F., STD (Administrator), Mar. 1, 2000 – Aug. 12, 2003
Reynolds, Fr. James L., Aug. 17, 2000 – May 28, 2001
Grodecki, Fr. Henry, CM, Aug. 17, 2001 – Aug. 12, 2003
Saunders, Fr. Allan L., Aug. 13, 2003 – Jul 31, 2012
Robles, Fr. Daniel, Aug 1, 2012 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.