St. Michael Parish, Fredericktown, MO, Founded 1827
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. John S. Braun
Assistant Pastors: Fr. David F. Hulshof & Fr. Allan L. Saunders
Administrative Assistant: Ann DeFrancesco
PSR Coordinators: Kendra Allgier & Heather Matlock
Youth Ministry Coordinators: Brandi Adams & Kathy Burrows
Custodians: Allgier, Richard and Nathan
Phone: (573) 783-2182 — Fax: (573) 783-5230
Mailing address: St. Michael Church, 304 W Main St., Fredericktown, MO 63645-1130
All schedules subject to change. Please call parish offices above to verify.
Weekend Mass times
9 a.m. English
5 p.m. English
Daily Mass Times
Tuesday – Friday
4 p.m. or by appointment
7 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday
7 a.m. to 12-noon
The history of St. Michael Parish, the second oldest parish in the diocese, is bound up with that of the Louisiana Territory, its Spanish, French-Canadian, and German settlers and with the names of the pioneer priests and bishops from the Vincentian Religious Community of Men: DuBorg, Rosati, DeAndreis, Pratte, Timon who were sent to establish the church in a new, scarcely settled land.
The first church, a log cabin structure, was built by Fr. Anthony Potini sometime between 1815 and 1819. It was located “across the creek from Fredericktown.” Flooding caused the Catholic community to seek a new location for their church.
The second St. Michael’s church was built by the parish’s second pastor, Fr. Francis Cellini. Cellini was a prominent landowner in Madison County. He donated the land and built a new church, rectory and school in 1831. He invited the Sisters of Loretto to teach in the school the following year.
The present granite building was built in 1927. The sanctuary of this third church received a magnificent mosaic portraying representations of the Trinity, Mary at the Annunciation, and the patron saint of the parish, St. Michael the Archangel.
The mosaic consists of more than 300,000 glass pieces.
The parishioners pride themselves on their involvement in the community. The Knights of Columbus and the St. Vincent de Paul Society put a “face” on Catholic presence. In addition to youth and adult religious education, there are many opportunities for parish fellowship for all age groups in organizations like the Parish Council of Catholic Women and events like the October harvest festival.
St. Michael stands tall in representing the faith handed down from generation to generation. Surely it is, as in a history written by Fr. John Rothensteiner, pastor from 1887-1907, “an old Missouri parish!”
Kampmann, Msgr. Leo P., May 24, 1954 – Apr 22, 1960
Baker, Fr. John W., Apr 23, 1960 – Jun 17, 1969
Schmelzle, Fr. Leo F., Jun 18, 1969 – Jan 5, 1975
Hahn, Fr. Quentin V., Jan 6, 1974 – Aug 11, 1985
McLoughlin, Fr. Paul J., Aug 12, 1985 – Aug 16, 1987
Gosche, Msgr. Joseph E., Aug 17, 1987 – Oct 9, 1997
Shibley, Fr. Amel A. (Administrator), Oct 31, 1997 – 2002 (Retired)
Stanton, Msgr. William J. (Parochial Administrator), Aug 17, 2002 – Jun 30, 2009
Alilonu, Fr. Augustine Chibuzo (Parochial Administrator), Jul 1, 2009 – Jan 31, 2010
Wilk, Fr. Mitchell S., Feb 1, 2010 – Feb 29, 2016
Harth, Fr. John, (Administrator), Mar 1, 2016 – Jul 31, 2016
Thumma, Fr. Marian, (Administrator) Aug 1, 2016 – Jul 5, 2017
Braun, Fr. John S., Jul 6, 2017 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.
GPS coordinates: N37° 33.623’, W090° 17.899’ (click here for map)