St. Sylvester Mission Church, Eminence, MO, Founded 1955

St. Sylvester Mission Church, Eminence, MO (circa 2010)
St. Sylvester Mission Church, Eminence, MO (circa 2010)

General parish info

Contact info
Administrator: Fr. Charles Berni, HGN

Phone: (417) 934-2649
Mailing address: St. John Vianney Parish, 808 State Route Y, Mountain View, MO 65548-7904

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

Weekend Mass times

8 a.m.
7:30 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends

Holy Days

5:30 p.m.

Updated: 07-06-17


Eminence, the county seat of Shannon county, is situated in the Current River Mountains, a picturesque section of the Ozarks noted for its pine-clad hills and spring-fed fishing streams.

St. Sylvester Church, built of natural stone and oak, overlooks the Jack’s Fork River. Its existence is the result of the work of the Vincentian Motor Missions and the number of Catholic tourists who visit during the summertime.

Situated on a steep slope, the building was designed in the style of the old farmhouses and barns of the area. The walls of brown and gray stone are two feet thick. The small church building has been featured in a book about architecture, as well as in a trade magazine, as one of the finest examples of church architecture in the world.

Priests served

Westrich, Fr. Donald (in charge), May 13, 1962 – Oct 16, 1962
Holterman, Fr. Herbert J.
, Aug 17, 1966 – Aug 18, 1967; Nov 20, 1967 – Jun 30, 1971
Hahn, Fr. Quentin V., Aug 19, 1967 – Nov 25, 1967
Deragowski, Msgr. Eugene J., Jul 1, 1971 – Feb 19, 1979
Wissman, Fr. J. Patrick, Feb 20, 1979 – Sep 30, 1982
Wightman, Fr. Paul, OMI (Parochial Administrator), Feb 7, 1983 – Feb 7, 1984
Marquart, Fr. Ernest J., Aug 17, 1994 – Nov 19, 2012
Weidenbenner, Fr. Joseph, Nov 30, 2012 – Jun 30, 2015
Lourduswami, Fr. Augustine, Jul 1, 2015 – Jul 5, 2017
Berni, Fr. Charles, HGN, (Administrator) Jul 6, 2017 –

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

Parish related

GPS coordinates: N37° 07.903’, W091° 21.349’ (click here for map)
Physical address: St. Sylvester Mission Church, Hwy 19, Eminence, MO

Attended from: St. John Vianney Parish, 808 State Route Y, Mountain View, MO 65548-7904

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