St. Teresa Parish, Glennonville, MO, Founded 1905
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. William W. Hennecke
Associate Pastor: Fr. Rajarao Gona
Administrative Assistant: Kathleen Bader
Principal St. Teresa School: Kim Lynn (see ‘Parish related’ tab)
Phone: (573) 328-4544 • Fax: (573) 328-4544
Mailing address: 40694 State Hwy JJ, Campbell, MO 63933-9148
All schedules subject to change. Please call parish offices above to verify.
Weekend Mass times
4 p.m. (in St. Ann, Malden)
Daily Mass Times
Thursday & Friday
varies and by appointment
1:30 – 2:30 p.m., First Friday only
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
above may vary
The history of St. Teresa Parish began in 1905. Fr. Frederick Peters was working in Jefferson City when Archbishop John Glennon called him to start a town and parish on 12,500 acres of swamp land and cutover timber bought by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The land purchase, along with Wilhelmina, was part of Archbishop Glennon’s desire to promote the colonization movement of that time, offering Catholic immigrants the opportunity to purchase farmland in a community setting to escape the crowded conditions of the industrialized city.
Fr. Peters arrived at the site of an abandoned lumber town called Paragon. The old sawmill was still there, though in disarray. Fr. Peters reset the machinery, dug it out of the mud and prepared it to saw lumber. With the help of two men from Malden, over one million feet of lumber were sawed to build homes for future parishioners.
The old commissary building of the mill company became the first church and served as such until 1910 when Fr. Peters built a church made of lumber he had sawed. In 1930, an increasing number of families moving in prompted the building of a school. Although part of the public school system, the teachers were Ursulines.
Fr. Peters served St. Teresa parish until his death in 1956. During his life, Fr. Peters was instrumental in the construction of Wappapello Lake and Dam to control the seasonal flooding that had plagued the Bootheel. As a founding member of the Ozark Border Electric Co-op, he helped bring electricity to the area. He also took care of the medical needs of Catholics and non-Catholics in the area. As a result, Msgr. Peters was among the first group to be inducted into the Dunklin County Hall of Honor in 2003.
In 1978, the Catholic people of Campbell (St. Mary Chapel), Wilhelmina (Sacred Heart Parish), and Glennonville were united into one parish at St. Teresa’s. Throughout the years, St. Teresa Parish has been the source of numerous vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. In 2005, a new school was built (see the ‘Parish Related’ tab).
Willerding, Fr. Raymond E. (Administrator), Feb 6, 1954 – Oct 22, 1956
Donovan, Fr. Francis P., Oct 9, 1956 – Aug 16, 1966
Hayden, Fr. Thomas (Administrator), D, 1967
Donovan, Fr. William E., Aug 17, 1968 – Feb 8, 1975
Ilmberger, Fr. Clement F., May 1, 1974 – Feb 29, 1976
Seyer, Fr. James A., Mar 1, 1976 – Apr 18, 1976
Binder, Fr. Mark J. (Administrator then pastor), Apr 1, 1976 – Jun 20, 1976; *Pastor, Jun 21, 1976 – Jun 30, 1981
Leveillee, Fr. Roger L., Jul 1, 1981 – Aug 18, 1986
Kunkel, Fr. Raymond W., Aug 19, 1986 – Aug 16, 1989
Carr, Fr. Gary M., Aug 17, 1989 – May 31, 1990
Thro, Fr. William P., SJ, D, 1991-1992, 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1994-1995, 1995-1996
Eftink, Fr. Glenn A., Dec 30, 1996 – Jun 30, 2009
Dohogne, Fr. David J., Jul 1, 2009 – Jul 5, 2017
Hennecke, Fr. William W., Jul 6, 2017 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.