St. Leo the Great Mission Church — Ava, MO

St. Leo the Great Mission Church — Ava, MO. (Photos by G. Eckl)

Phone: (417) 683-5249

Email: [email protected]

Address: RR 6 Box 6700 Ava, MO 65608

Mailing address: St. Leo the Great Mission Church, RR 6 Box 6700, Ava, MO 65608-9678

Pastor: The Very Rev. Leo Arockiasamy, HGN, [email protected]

Daisy Kromery

Attended from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Mansfield, MO

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The Catholic community in Ava traces its history to 1935 when Mass was celebrated once a year for four Catholic families in the Baumgardner home by priests from St. Joseph’s Church in Springfield and Mountain Grove. St. Leo the Great became an established mission in 1940. A Church was built in 1958 with help from the Extension Society and the St. Leo Council of the Knights of Columbus of Chicago. In 1980 the church was remodeled and a social hall and classrooms were added.

With the help of the Oblate Fathers and the Extension Society, a rectory was completed in 1982. In 1991 the old windows were replaced with beautiful stained-glass windows and skylights were added. In 1995 a bequeathal paid for more classrooms and a meeting room library

Weekend Mass times:

Sunday—11 a.m.

Daily Mass times:

Mon.-Fri.—8 a.m. in the rectory


Sunday—10:30 a.m.

Eucharistic Adoration:

Every third Sunday—12:00-Noon