St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Joplin, MO, Founded 1877
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. John (J) F. Friedel, MA, MDiv
Associate Pastors: Fr. José Ivan Araque Acevedo & Fr. Bala Swamy Govindu
Secretary: Jeanne Brummet
Liturgy Coordinator: Rose Millard
Outreach House Coordinator: Teri Giarratano
Director of Parish Administration: Elizabeth Runkle
Director of Faith: Sr. Diane Langford, CDP
Music Director: Michael Gregory
Principal St. Peter the Apostle Middle School: Gene Koester (see ‘Parish related’ tab)
Phone: (417) 623-8643, Fax: (417) 623-0866
Mailing address: St. Peter the Apostle Church, 812 S Pearl Ave., Joplin, MO 64801-4396
Weekend Mass times
9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., & 6 p.m.
5:15 p.m. Vigil Mass
Daily Mass Times
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. or by appointment
9 a.m. – 12-noon
5 – 9 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday – Friday
8 a.m. Rosary
8:15 a.m. Morning praise
7 p.m. Stations of the Cross (During Lent only)
Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lead and zinc mining along with railroad expansion drew German, Irish, and French immigrants to the growing town of Joplin in the last half of the 1800s. Formally incorporated on March 23, 1873, the city was named after a Methodist minister, the Rev. Harry G. Joplin, who was among the first to come to the area.
In 1877, with permission from St. Louis Archbishop Peter Kenrick, a small brick building was constructed to provide worship space for the 20 to 25 Catholics settlers. The first Catholic school in Joplin was opened in 1882. In 1885, at the invitation of Bishop John J. Hogan of Kansas City, the Sisters of Mercy of Louisville, KY, came to staff the school. The nuns acquired a home a block south of the present church to serve both as a convent and a school, the Academy of Mercy. In 1900 the sisters built and staffed St. John’s Hospital, which replaced a smaller hospital, Mercy Hospital, which had begun operation in 1896.
The current church structure, made of Carthage stone, took two years to build (1905-1907). The rectory, also of Carthage stone, was erected in 1913-14.
The parish opened St. Peter Elementary School in 1924 in a building that is now St. Peter middle school. In 1935, a four year institution, St. Peter High School, replaced the Academy of Mercy in the convent building. In 1948, a two-story building was constructed south of the convent to house the high school. An auditorium-gymnasium was added one year later and the name was changed to McAuley Catholic High School.
Younger families have moved into the parish and, after becoming acquainted with St. Peter’s rich history, have added another level of vibrancy and activity to the parish community. Outreach House Ministries provides services to the poor and marginalized. Just this example of community witness has resulted in people being their church today, but they also remember their past, as the first Catholic community in Joplin, they look with hope and confidence to the future.
Ingoldsby, Fr. Gervase W., Aug 16, 1952 – Jun 14, 1965
Brophy, Fr. Joseph W., Jun 15, 1965 – Jul 14, 1971
Palermo, Fr. Frank C., Jul 15, 1971 – Aug 15, 1972
Rochford, Fr. William B., Aug 16, 1972 – Aug 15, 1983
Krudwig, Fr. William C., Aug 16, 1983 – Aug 16, 1994
Casteel, Fr. Michael J., Aug 17, 1994 – Jan 5, 1996
Seyer, Fr. James A. (temp. pastor), Jan 6, 1996 – Feb 2, 1996
Palermo, Fr. Frank C. (temp. pastor), Feb 2, 1996 – Aug 16, 1996
Chambers, Fr. Leonard R., Aug 17, 1996 – May 25, 1998
O’Connor, Fr. Raymond E., CMF, D, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004 – Aug 16, 2005
Schneider, Msgr. Stephen A., Aug 17, 2005 – Feb 24, 2006
Au, Fr. Vincent, CMC, Mar 3, 2006 – Aug 9, 2006
Friedel, Fr. John (J.) F., Aug 10, 2006 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.