About Planning Area 15

  • Located in the Ste. Genevieve deanery, this planning area comprises Ste. Genevieve and Perry Counties. There are 14 territorial parishes, 2 missions and 4 elementary schools.
  • 34% of the resident population is Catholic; this is the most Catholic planning area in the diocese.
  • This largely rural area is anchored by the cities of Ste. Genevieve and Perryville.
  • The parishes of Ste. Genevieve and St. Vincent de Paul comprise 61% of the Catholics of the planning area. Both parishes administer a Catholic high school.
  • An aging Catholic population with funerals consistently higher than baptisms.
  • Though both Catholic elementary school enrollment and PSR enrollment continue to decline, Catholic school enrollment is consistently 40-50% higher than PSR enrollment.
  • Despite declining elementary enrollment, both high schools have maintained stable to slightly increasing enrollment over the past decade.
  • A 21% decline in mass attendance during the past decade.
  • Currently, there are 7 diocesan and 2 order priests assigned to this group.
  • Long term, there may be only 4 diocesan priests available for ministry in this planning area.


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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.

Christ the Savior (Brewer)

Our Lady Help of Christians (Weingarten)

Our Lady of Victory (Sereno)

Sacred Heart (Ozora)

St. Agnes (Bloomsdale)

St. Catherine of Alexandria (Coffman)

St. Joseph (Apple Creek)

St. James Mission (Crosstown)

St. Joseph (Zell)

St. Joseph Mission (Highland)

St. Lawrence (Lawrenceton)

St. Maurus (Biehle)

St. Rose of Lima (Silver Lake)

St. Vincent de Paul (Perryville)

Ste. Genevieve (Ste. Genevieve)

Sts. Phillip & James (River aux Vases)

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