St. William Parish, Buffalo, MO, Founded 1946

St. William Church, Buffalo, MO (circa 2010)
St. William Church, Buffalo, MO (circa 2010)

General parish info

Contact info
Pastor: Fr. David L. Miller, DMin
RCIA Director, Religious Education: Brenda Paul
Administrative Assistant: Marijo Macella

Phone: (417)345-2744 (Thursdays)
Mailing address: St. William Church, PO Box 518, Buffalo, MO 65622-0518

Email: sheartstwill@yahoo.com


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

Weekend Mass times

Sunday
11 a.m.

Daily Mass Times

Tuesday
6 p.m. Communion Service
Thursday

9 a.m.

Holy Days

5:30 p.m.

Updated: 07-18-17

History

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Although settlement of the town now known as Buffalo began to take place in 1830, it was not until 1946 that a Catholic parish was established. The church continues to be the only Catholic church in Dallas county. Beginning as a wood structure, it was replaced by the present brick church in 1979.

The approximate number of families in this county seat is 1,167. Of those, 61 families are Catholic. Although a small parish, it is big in terms of activity and outreach. Parishioners toss a can or two onto the pile of collections for the Neighborhood Center’s hungry families as they enter the door to attend the only Sunday Mass celebrated at 10:45 a.m. They may poke a few bills into the Ministerial Alliance’s poor box for stranded travelers and emergency needs within the community. Unfamiliar faces are approached and welcomed; visitors are invited to sign the guest book.

An hour before Mass begins, toddlers through teens, their families and teachers gather for an hour of religious instruction. After Mass, refreshments provided by the Parish Council of Catholic Women follow. Because the families live in the country and do not see one another during the week, the Sunday familial spirit is especially important.

Priests served

Holmes, Fr. James, Dec 12, 1951 – Aug 7, 1952
Rynish, Msgr. John J., Aug 8, 1952 – May 27, 1953
Deragowski, Msgr. Eugene J. (Administrator), Jun 11, 1953 – Apr 22, 1960
Seyer, Fr. James A., Apr 23, 1960 – Apr 7, 1961
Winkelmann, Fr. William P., Apr 8, 1961 – Oct 7, 1962
Brath, Fr. John A. (Administrator), Jul 15, 1968 – Apr 7, 1970
Marquart, Fr. Ernest J. (Administrator), Jan 6, 1975 – Sep 14, 1975
Reidy, Msgr. Thomas E. VG, Aug 1, 1972 – Mar 9, 1974
Boeding, Fr. Damian G., Mar 10, 1974 – Jul 22, 1974
Brath, Fr. John A., Aug 1, 1974 – Jan 5, 1975
Marquart, Fr. Ernest J. (Administrator), Dec 4, 1981 – Aug 14, 1984
Lutz, Fr. Frederick J., Sep 15, 1975 – Sep 28, 1981
Hodgson, Fr. William M., Dec 4, 1981 – Aug 14, 1984
Mai Vinh Loc, Fr. Timothy, CMC, Dec 28, 1984 – Aug 11, 1985
Koesterer, Fr. David L. SJ, D, 1985 – 1989
Eschbacher, Fr. Jerome J., Sep 13, 1989 – Aug 16, 1993
Swift, Fr. Bruce, OSB, D, 1993 – 2000
Braun, Fr. John S., Aug. 17, 2000 – Aug 12, 2003
Teter, Fr. Patrick A., Aug 13, 2003 – Aug 16, 2005
Mai Vinh Loc, Fr. Timothy, CMC, Aug 17, 2005 – Oct 9, 2008
Salina, Msgr. Michael F., STD, Jul 1, 2009 – Aug 13, 2009
Lamprea, Fr. Gefford C.
(Parochial Administrator then Pastor), Aug 14, 2009 – Jun 30, 2010 then Pastor until Jun 30, 2011
Miller, Fr. David L., Jul 1, 2011 –

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

Parish related

GPS coordinates: N37° 38.510’ W093° 05.697’ (click here for map)
Physical address: St. William Church, 404 S Locust St., Buffalo, MO

Attended from: St Francis de Sales, Lebanon, MO

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