St. Leo the Great Mission Church, Ava, MO

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

Phone: (417) 683-5249
Mailing address: St. Leo the Great Mission Church, RR 6 Box 6700, Ava, MO 65608-9678

Pastor: The Very Rev. Leo Arockiasamy, HGN, 
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Thomas Dharelli, HGN, 
CRE: B. J. Sterling
Attended from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Mansfield, MO


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

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

Weekend Mass times
11 a.m.

Daily Mass Times
Monday – Friday
8 a.m., held in the rectory

10:30 a.m.

GPS coordinates: N36° 58.17’, W092° 39.45’ (click here for map)
Physical address: St. Leo the Great Mission Church, County Road 201, Ava, MO

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