About Planning Area 14

  • This planning area covers the southwest corner of the diocese and includes parishes from the Festus, Washington and Ste. Genevieve deaneries. There are 12 territorial parishes, 2 missions and 4 elementary schools.
  • In this largely rural area, only 8% of the resident population is Catholic, the second lowest of any planning area.
  • An aging Catholic population averaging only a total of 60-70 baptisms per year for the 12 parishes and 2 missions combined.
  • More elementary school age children are in PSR than in Catholic schools, but PSR enrollment has declined by 41% over the past decade.
  • A 29% decline in Mass attendance during the past decade.
  • Currently there are 10 diocesan priests assigned to this group.
  • Long term, there may be only 3 diocesan priests available for ministry to this planning area.

Parish Feedback Summaries

A team of nearly 50 volunteers, including religious orders, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary faculty and staff, associate pastors, permanent deacons and lay people recently synthesized all the information the Archdiocese of St. Louis has received regarding its 178 parishes during the All Things New process. Information gathered included feedback from key parish leaders, parish listening sessions, online surveys, individual letters and emails. All of this is geared toward Archbishop Rozanski making a well-informed, discerned decision for the spiritual well-being of the Archdiocese, looking at the feedback of the people and the needs of the Archdiocese.

Volunteers were asked to follow four guidelines: that they offer a fair representation of what people said; include the real contradictions and tensions reflected in the feedback; offer the good ideas and key insights shared; and ensure they are concise. Volunteers were not allowed to synthesize any information for parishes in their own planning area.

The All Things New planning committee is expected to refine the draft models to one model per planning area. Armed with the feedback summaries, parish workbooks and financial data, the team will analyze each model to ensure each one has the resources to sustain the new structure. The question to be answered, whether they have the resources to invest in a more vibrant parish staff and ministries than what they currently have Another round of draft model options will be shared with the priests in early February, with a period of feedback and the final proposed plan expected after that. Other factors will come under consideration, including redrawing maps of the archdiocese and priest reassignments.

It is expected that by the end of April, Archbishop Rozanski will have met with Consultors to review final draft models, and then he will have a month to pray and discern before announcing a final decision on May 28, the feast of Pentecost. Implementation of these plans will take effect beginning in fall 2023 through 2026.


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    Parish Workbooks

    The Parish Workbooks give parishioners relevant demographic, ministerial, and financial data about the Archdiocese of St. Louis, their local planning area, and their specific parish. The data contained in the Parish Workbook was created by the Pastoral Planning Committee and validated by pastors and Key Parish Leaders over the past several months. The workbooks incorporate data gathered over the past twenty years from parishes across the Archdiocese of St. Louis and highlights historical trends which inform future projections for parish life. The Parish Workbooks will be updated soon to include 2022 Mass counts.

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    Immaculate Conception (Park Hills)

    St. Anne Mission (French Village)

    St. Anthony (Sullivan)

    St. Clare (St. Clair)

    St. Francis of Assisi (Luebbering)

    St. James (Potosi)

    St. Joachim (Old Mines)

    St. John Mission (Bismark)

    St. Joseph (Bonne Terre)

    St. Joseph (Farmington)

    St. Joseph (Tiff)

    St. Rose of Lima (DeSoto)

    St. Stephen (Richwoods)

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