Jubilarians | Archdiocesan priests

25th ordination

Fr. Larry Huber
FATHER LARRY HUBER

Birthplace: Perryville

Education: Valle Catholic High School, Southeast Missouri State University, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Ordination: May 27, 1995, by Archbishop Justin F. Rigali

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, Our Lady Queen of Peace, House Springs, 1995-2001

Faculty, St. Pius X High School, Festus, 1997-99

Associate pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Cottleville, 2001-06

Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Josephville, 2006-13

Pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Arnold, 2013-18

Senior associate pastor, St. Gerard Majella Parish, Kirkwood, 2018-present

About Father Huber: Father Huber was one of the visionaries behind the Community of Transcendent Men in Jefferson County, a ministry to help men develop their roles as leaders at home, community and Church. He also is a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.


Fr. Clark Maes
FATHER CLARK MAES

Birthplace: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Education: Francis Howell Senior High School, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Ordination: May 27, 1995, by Archbishop Justin F. Rigali

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Brentwood, 1995-98

Associate pastor, Incarnate Word Parish, Chesterfield, 1998-2003

Associate pastor, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, St. Charles, 2003-06

Pastor, St. Agnes Parish, Bloomsdale, and St. Lawrence Parish, Lawrenceton, 2006-13

Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Crystal City, and Assumption Parish, Herculaneum, 2013-19

Senior associate pastor, St. Simon the Apostle Parish, St. Louis, 2019-present

About Father Maes: Father Maes has been enjoying his priesthood and helping at St. Simon School during the pandemic.


Fr. Matthew O'Toole
FATHER MATTHEW O’TOOLE

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Catholic University of America

Ordination: May 27, 1995, by Archbishop Justin F. Rigali

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Manchester, 1995-96

Associate pastor, St. Raphael Parish, St. Louis, 1996-2001

Part-time associate pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, University City, 2001-08

In residence, Ascension Parish, Chesterfield, 2008-11

Chaplain and teacher, CBC High School, 2001-11

Pastor, St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, St. Louis, 2011-present

About Father O’Toole: He has been an “artist at large” for special projects for Archbishop Wilton Gregory, serving now for 23 years. Father O’Toole was recipient of the Great Preacher Award in 2018 from Aquinas Institute of Theology. He presently serves on the archdiocesan Priest Council.


Fr. Mark Whitman
FATHER MARK WHITMAN

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: Saint Louis University, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Ordination: May 27, 1995, by Archbishop Justin F. Rigali

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Clement of Rome Parish, Des Peres, 1995-2000

Associate pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, St. Louis, 2000-04

Associate pastor, Mary Mother of the Church Parish, St. Louis, 2005-09

Pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Arnold, 2009-13

Senior associate pastor, Assumption Parish, O’Fallon, 2013-17

Part-time senior associate pastor, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, 2015-present

Part-time senor associate pastor, St. Cletus Parish, St. Charles, 2017-present

About Father Whitman: He serves as a chaplain for St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles. Father Whitman also hosts a weekly Bible study on the upcoming Sunday readings on YouTube.


50th ordination

Fr. Richard Bockskopf
FATHER RICHARD BOCKSKOPF

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: St. Louis Preparatory Seminary-South, Cardinal Glennon College, Kenrick Seminary, Saint Louis University

Ordination: June 13, 1970, by Cardinal John J. Carberry

Service in the archdiocese:

Associate pastor, St. Sabina Parish, Florissant, 1970-74

Part-time associate, St. Edward Parish, St. Louis, and associate director of Vocations Office, 1974-82

Pastor, Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish, Wellston, 1982-87

Pastor, St. Francis de Sales Parish, St. Louis, 1987-96

Temporary administrator, St. Agnes Parish, St. Louis, 1993

Pastor, St. Blaise Parish, Maryland Heights, 1996-2004

Pastor, Holy Spirit Parish, Maryland Heights, 2004-16

Senior associate pastor, Ascension Parish, Chesterfield, 2016-2020

Retirement, 2020-present

Service outside of the archdiocese: He also worked with the Center for Human Development, working with priests from several countries in developing personal growth plans. Father Bockskopf also was regional coordinator for the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors from 1980-82.

About Father Bockskopf: He hosted a visit by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 at St. Francis de Sales Church. Father Bockskopf was involved as co-director of the SEARCH retreat program in the archdiocese from 1972-1980. He and Father Tom Santen were the first to brings ACTS retreats to the Archdiocese of St. Louis. In retirement, he remains active in faith-formation programs for adults, parish leadership and serves on the priests’ advisory board for the Lay Formation Program.


Archbishop Emeritus Robert J. Carlson
ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS ROBERT J. CARLSON

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Education: Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary, St. Paul Seminary, Catholic University of America

Ordination: May 23, 1970

Service in the archdiocese: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was installed as Archbishop of St. Louis on June 10, 2009, and served until his retirement Aug. 24, 2020.

Service outside the archdiocese: Assistant priest, St. Raphael, Crystal, Minnesota, 1970-72

Associate pastor, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Minneapolis, 1972-73

Parochial administrator, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Minneapolis, 1973-76

Parochial administrator, St. Peter, Mendota Parish, Minnesota, 1977-79

Parochial administrator, St. Thomas Parish, Minneapolis, 1979-82

Parochial administrator, St. Peter Claver Parish, St. Paul, 1982

Parochial administrator, St. Leonard of Port Maurice Parish, Minneapolis, 1982

Pastor, St. Leonard of Port Maurice Parish, Minneapolis, 1982-84

Auxiliary bishop, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, 1984-94

Parochial administrator, St. Michael Parish, Stillwater, Minnesota, 1991-92

Bishop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, (1994-2005) and Saginaw, Michigan, (2005-09).

About Archbishop Carlson: When he arrived in St. Louis, Archbishop Carlson said he looked forward to loving the people of St. Louis. “You come to love people by getting to know them,” he said. “And what I have discovered is that the people of faith of St. Louis have very deep roots of faith … I have been very blessed to have a wonderful working relationship with the priests and deacons and the strong presence of men and women religious — and the enormous number of laypeople who also have been very supportive.” He is enjoying his retirement in Florida.


Fr. David Rauch
FATHER DAVID RAUCH

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: St. Peter School Kirkwood, St. Louis Preparatory Seminary-South, Cardinal Glennon College, Kenrick Seminary, Saint Louis University

Ordination: June 13, 1970, by Cardinal John J. Carberry

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, Holy Family Parish, St. Louis, 1970-76

Associate pastor, Resurrection Parish, St. Louis, 1976-81

Associate pastor, St. Thomas More Parish, Bel-Ridge, 1981-85

Sabbatical for continuing priest formation in Italy, 1985

Pastor, St. James the Greater Parish, St. Louis, 1991-2002

Sabbatical for continuing priest formation in England, 2002

Pastor, Our Lady of Providence Parish, Crestwood, 2003-16

Senior associate pastor, St. Ferdinand Parish, Florissant, 2016-19

Retirement, 2019-present

About Father Rauch: He served as director of the Office of Charismatic Renewal. Father Rauch was involved in Bible study in several parishes. He was inspired by the liturgical renewal, via his longtime pastor, Msgr. Alphonse Westhoff, who in turn was influenced by Msgr. Martin Hellriegel, a pioneer of the Church’s liturgical renewal.


Fr. Patrick Ryan
FATHER PATRICK RYAN

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, Cardinal Glennon College, Kenrick Seminary, Saint Louis University

Ordination: June 13, 1970, by Cardinal John J. Carberry

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Justin Martyr Parish, Sunset Hills, 1970-75

Assistant director, seminary pastoral program, 1970-77

Associate pastor, St. Monica Parish, Creve Coeur, 1975-77

Part-time associate pastor, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, St. Charles, and teacher, St. Dominic High School, 1977-78

Part-time associate pastor St. Barnabas Parish, and teacher, St. Dominic High School, 1978-79

Part-time associate pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Cottleville, and teacher, St. Dominic, 1979-84

Pursue graduate studies at Boston College, 1984-86

Part-time associate pastor, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, Oakville, and assigned to archdiocesan Education Office, 1986-87

Part-time associate pastor, St. Simon Parish, St. Louis, and continuing to serve in the Education Office, 1987-91

Pastor, Most Precious Blood Parish, Lemay, 1991-2000

Pastor, St. Norbert Parish, Florissant, 2003-05

Pastor, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, St. Charles, 2005-15

Chaplain, Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, 2015-2020

Retirement, 2015-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Father Ryan was a teacher and coordinator of a lay ministry program for dioceses in Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, via Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky, from 2000-03.

About Father Ryan: He was involved in education over the years, teaching at St. Dominic High School, Saint Louis University, Aquinas Institute, Paul VI Institute and Brescia University. “The main theme I’ve always used to guide me is, ‘connecting faith and life.’ I’ve really appreciated the opportunities the archdiocese gave me in education.” He was head of adult education for the archdiocese, and helped launch the DeSales Program, coordinating the program in parishes, eventually helping the program spread to other parts of the country. He started a field education program at Kenrick Seminary, which helped seminarians to develop their pastoral experiences.


Fr. Thomas Santen
FATHER THOMAS SANTEN

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: St. Louis Preparatory Seminary-South, Cardinal Glennon College, Kenrick Seminary, Saint Louis University

Ordination: June 13, 1970, by Cardinal Joseph Carberry

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Peter Parish, St. Charles, 1970-72

Part-time religion teacher, Duchesne High School, 1970-71

Part-time associate pastor, All Saints Parish, University City, and full-time teacher, DeAndreis High School, 1972-76

Part-time associate pastor, St. Jerome Parish, Bissell Hills, and full-time campus minister, Newman Center at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, 1976-81

Archdiocesan director of ministry to priests and continuing education/formation of priests, 1981-86

Part-time associate pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Bellefontaine Neighbors, 1981-83

Part-time associate pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Most Holy Name of Jesus parishes, St. Louis, 1983-91

Director, Priests’ Personnel, 1986-91

Pastor, St. Ambrose Parish, St. Louis, 1991-99

Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Manchester, 1999-2017

Senior associate pastor, St. Simon Parish, St. Louis, 2017-present

Service outside the archdiocese: He served as a regional representative, and later as board treasurer and vice president with the National Organization for the Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy. He was program director for the organization’s national convention in 1985. He also worked with the Center for Human Development, working with priests from several countries in developing personal growth plans.

About Father Santen: Father Santen was co-director of the SEARCH retreat program in the archdiocese from 1972-1982. He was program chairman for the archdiocesan Priests’ Convocation on several occasions. He also has taught at Saint Louis University, Aquinas Institute of Theology and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. He helped bring ACTS retreats to the archdiocese along with Father Rich Bockskopf, and has extensive experience in leading retreats elsewhere. He is a trained Stephen Minister and with the Good Leaders, Good Shepherds program.


60th ordination

FATHER LEO LEWIS

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: CBC High School, Northwestern University, Cardinal Glennon College, Kenrick Seminary, Saint Louis University

Ordination: April 2, 1960, by Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter

Service in the archdiocese: Assistant pastor, St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Richmond Heights, 1960-61

Part-time religion teacher, Bishop DuBourg High School 1960

Teacher, DeAndreis Freshman Center, Blessed Sacrament School, 1960-61

Full-time studies, Saint Louis University, 1961

Full-time teacher, Mercy High School, 1962-65

Assistant pastor, St. Barbara Parish, St. Louis, 1962-65

Associate pastor, Most Precious Blood Parish, St. Louis, 1986-88

Sabbatical to care for parents, 1988-95

Senior associate pastor, St. Justin Martyr Parish, Sunset Hills, 1995-2000

Retirement, 2000-present

Service outside of the archdiocese: Chaplain, United States Air Force, 1965-85

About Father Lewis: As an Air Force chaplain, he served in many posts, including Alaska, Taiwan, Greece and Germany. His last Air Force assignment was at Blytheville Air Force Base in Blytheville, Arkansas. Father Lewis said, “To serve as chaplain to the men and women of the military (USAF) and their families was an exceptional gift to me, offering unique opportunities for ministry while enlightening and enriching my life in ways I had never envisioned. The need for priests as chaplains is immense, and I would recommend the ministry to all of my brother priests.” Father Lewis is currently retired in Colorado.


Fr. Bernard Schloemer
FATHER BERNARD SCHLOEMER

Birthplace: Jennings

Education: St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, Cardinal Glennon College, Kenrick Seminary

Ordination: April 2, 1960, by Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter

Service in the archdiocese: Assistant pastor, St. Agatha Parish, St. Louis, 1962-70

Associate pastor, St. Adalbert Parish, St. Louis 1970-73

Associate pastor, Assumption Parish, O’Fallon, 1973-79

Pastor, St. Joachim Parish, Old Mines, 1979-81

Pastor, Most Precious Blood Parish, Lemay, 1981-91

Pastor, St. Justin Martyr Parish, Sunset Hills, 1991-2004

Senior associate pastor, St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, St. Louis, 2004-08

Retirement, 2008-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Missionary Apostolate Plan in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, 1960-62

About Father Schloemer: Father Scholoemer had been active in a number of organizations, including as a member of the board of directors of Doorways and of the Archdiocesan Health Committee. He has been retired since 2008, and previously helped at various parishes celebrating Masses.


65th anniversary

Fr. Robert Argent
FATHER ROBERT ARGENT

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: Cathedral Latin School, St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, Kenrick Seminary, Saint Louis University

Ordination: March 26, 1955, by Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter

Service in the archdiocese: Assistant pastor, St. Jerome Parish, Bissell Hills, 1955-57

Teacher, Bishop DuBourg High School, 1956-67

Assistant principal, Bishop DuBourg High School, 1967-71

Part-time associate pastor, St. Gabriel Parish, south St. Louis, 1957-61

Part-time assistant pastor, St. Paul Parish, Fenton, 1961-66

Part-time assistant pastor, St. Justin Martyr Parish, Sunset Hills, 1966-70

Part-time associate pastor, Annunciation Parish, Webster Groves, 1970-72

Administrator, St. Matthias Parish, Lemay, 1972-75

Pastor, St. Matthias Parish, Lemay, 1975-81

Pastor, All Saints Parish, St. Peters, 1981-87

Pastor, St. Gertrude Parish, Krakow, 1987-92

Senior priest in service, Resurrection Parish, south St. Louis, 1992-2004

Retired, 2004-present

About Father Robert W. Argent: In retirement, Father Argent had helped out on weekends and when needed at parishes.


Msgr. John Hickel
MSGR. JOHN HICKEL

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: Cathedral Latin School, St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, Kenrick Seminary, Saint Louis University

Ordination: March 26, 1955, by Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter

Service in the archdiocese: Assistant pastor, St. Patrick Parish in St. Louis, 1955-61

Teacher, Bishop DuBourg High School, St. Louis, 1955-60

Administrator, Rosati-Kain High School, 1960-61

Administrator, Duchesne High School, St. Charles, 1961-75

Part-time assistant pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Cottleville, 1964-65

Part-time assistant pastor, St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish, Bridgeton, 1965-70

Part-time assistant pastor, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, St. Charles, 1970-75

Pastor, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, St. Charles, 1975-96

Pastor, St. Paul Parish, St. Paul, 1996-2013

Retired, 2013-present

About Msgr. John J. Hickel: Msgr. Hickel was the founding pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. He served as dean of the St. Charles Deanery for two terms, from 1989-95. He has served as archdiocesan coordinator of the St. Louis Marian Conference.


Msgr. Raymond Orf
MSGR. RAYMOND ORF

Birthplace: Flint Hill

Education: St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, Kenrick Seminary

Ordination: March 26, 1955, by Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter

Service outside the archdiocese: Assistant pastor, St. Joseph Parish, White Church, Missouri, and St. Mary Parish, West Plains, Missouri, 1955-57

Assistant pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Willow Springs, Missouri, and serving mission parishes in Cabool and Houston, Missouri, 1957-59

Administrator, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Mansfield, Missouri, and St. Leo the Great Parish, Ava, Missouri, 1959-1961

Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Advance, Missouri, and administrator of St. Anthony Parish, Glennon, Missouri, 1961-65

Pastor, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson, Missouri, and serving at Our Lady of the Cove Parish, Kimberling City, Missouri, and Our Lady of the Ozarks Parish, Forsyth, Missouri, 1965-76

Pastor, St. Augustine Parish, Kelso, Missouri, 1976-90

Pastor, St. Ann Parish, Carthage, Missouri, 1990-94

Pastor, St. Francis de Sales Parish, Lebanon, Missouri, 1994-2002

Retired, senior priest in residence, Immaculate Conception Church, Springfield, Missouri, 2002-13

Retired to St. Louis, 2014-present

About Msgr. Raymond V. Orf: Msgr. Orf was ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Louis but became a member of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau when it was created. The Everybody Loves Raymond golf tournament was inaugurated in 2012, named in honor of Msgr. Orf and dedicated to raising money for St. Mary School in Joplin, Missouri, which was destroyed in a tornado. Springfield, Missouri, Mayor James O’Neal designated the day Msgr. Raymond V. Orf Day. In his retirement in St. Louis, Msgr. Orf helped celebrate Masses at Annunciation in Webster Groves and Little Flower in Richmond Heights.

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