St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau, MO, Founded 1836
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. David Hulshof
Associate Pastor: Fr. Francisco (Paco) J. Gordillo Villamil
Priest in Residence: Fr. Bobby Manso
Coordinator of Youth Ministry: Deacon Robbie R. Huff
Deacons: Robbie R. Huff & Thomas J. Schumer
Finance/Office Manager: Cheryl Oberhaus
Office staff: Rose Huff, Beverlyu McMeel, and Debbie Kiblinger
Director SRE: Kathy Hotop-Raines
Christian Service Coordinator: Cathy Kapfer
RCIA Coordinator: Mark Kiblinger
Music Coordinator: Leonard Kuper
Principal St. Vincent de Paul School: Kay Glastetter (see ‘Parish related’ tab)
Phone: (573) 335-7667 — Fax: (573) 335-0034
Mailing address: St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1913 Ritter Dr., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4530
Weekend Mass times
7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 3 p.m. Spanish
Daily Mass Times
Monday – Saturday
Thursday & Friday
8 a.m. during school year
Monday – Friday
The Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians) began ministering to the Catholics of Cape Girardeau in the spring of 1821. Priests would travel from “The Barrens” in Perryville to celebrate Mass in private homes.
In 1825, Fr. John Timon, CM, was ordained and began his work in Perry and Cape Girardeau counties. The growth of the Catholic community led to the purchase of a plot of land on the riverfront in 1833, but it was not until 1838 that the cornerstone was laid for a new church. The church was dedicated in 1839, but severely damaged by a tornado on Nov. 27, 1850. The indomitable spirit of the congregation prevailed: a new brick church was completed and rededicated in 1853.
German parishioners desired a parish with a priest who could speak their language. St. Louis Archbishop Peter Kenrick granted permission to begin building St. Mary’s in 1868, just a few blocks west of the church of St. Vincent. Both parish families grew steadily.
The Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross from Nerinx, KY, came to staff St. Vincent school in 1877.
During the 1950s, it became apparent that Cape Girardeau was expanding west of the river. Gradually, members of the parish family of St. Vincent de Paul began moving west also. A new school was built and in 1961, a convent for the Sisters of Loretto was erected along with a rectory for the priests. Then, in 1976, a new church was constructed on property on Forest, adjacent to the rectory. Bishop Bernard F. Law dedicated it on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Dyra, Fr. Joseph P., CM, D, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962
Thompson, Fr. James, CM, D, 1969, 1971
Culligan, Fr. Martin J., CM, D, 1978, 1979-1980, 1980-1981, 1981-1982, 1982-1983, 1983-1984, 1984-1985
Grass, Fr. Kenneth E., CM, D, 1985-1986, 1986-1987, 1987-1988, 1988-1989, 1989-1990, 1990-1991, 1991-1992
Lause, Fr. Richard, CM, D, 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1994-1995
Ryan, Fr. Milton Fleming, CM, D, 1995-1996, 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001
Prost, Fr. Charles, CM, Aug. 17, 2001 – Aug. 9, 2006
Hulshof, Fr. David F., Aug. 10, 2006 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.