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Jubilarians | Archdiocesan priests

Archdiocesan Priests

25TH ANNIVERSARY

Father Frederick Devaraj

Birthplace: Yercaud, Tamil Nadu, India

Education: Bangalore University, Mt. St. Alphonsus Redemptorist Theologate in Bangalore

Ordination: April 17, 1997, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, by Bishop Gabriel Lawrence Sengol

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Francis Borgia, Washington, 2015-18

Associate pastor, St. Alban Roe, Wildwood, 2018-present

About Father Devaraj: Father Devaraj was ordained in 1997 for the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) and came to the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 2015. He was incardinated in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 2019.

Father James Dyer

Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Education: Saint Louis University, Texas Christian University, Arizona State, University of Montana, Forest Park Community College, Sacred Heart School of Theology

Ordination: May 24, 1997, at the Cathedral of Saint Louis by Archbishop Justin Rigali

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Angela Merici, Florissant, 1997-2000

Associate pastor, St. Clare of Assisi, Ellisville, 2000-03

Associate pastor, St. Joseph, Farmington, 2003-16

Retirement, 2016-present

Father Raymond Hager

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: St. Louis Tech, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis Community College, Saint Louis University, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Ordination: May 24, 1997, at the Cathedral of Saint Louis by Archbishop Justin Rigali

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Monica, Creve Coeur, 1997-2001

Associate pastor, Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve, 2001-05

Associate pastor, St. Joseph, Cottleville, 2005-06

Pastor, Sacred Heart, Elsberry, 2006-13

Pastor, St. Barnabas, O’Fallon, 2013-21

Retirement, 2021-present

Father Thomas Keller

Birthplace: St. Louis

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

Ordination: May 24, 1997, at the Cathedral of Saint Louis by Archbishop Justin Rigali

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Oakville, 1997-2001

Part-time associate pastor, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 2001-08

Archdiocesan master of ceremonies, 2001-08

Associate director, Office of Worship, 2001-06

Appointed director of the Apostleship of Prayer, 2004-present

Faculty, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, 2006-08

Pastor, St. Angela Merici, Florissant, 2008-14

Pastor, Assumption, Mattese, 2014-present

Father Jeffrey Maassen

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: Saint Louis University Law School, Kenrick Seminary

Ordination: May 24, 1997, at the Cathedral of St. Louis by Archbishop Justin Rigali

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Charles, 1997-99

Part-time associate pastor, St. Clare of Assisi, Ellisville, and teacher at John F. Kennedy High School, 1999-2000

Associate pastor, Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish, St. Charles, 2000-04

Pastor, St. Angela Merici, Florissant, 2004-08

Pastor, St. David, Arnold, 2008-13

Pastor, Our Lady, Festus, 2013-18

Pastor, Sacred Heart, Valley Park, 2018-present

Father Bradley Modde

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: Saint Louis University, Kenrick Seminary

Ordination: May 24, 1997, at the Cathedral of Saint Louis by Archbishop Justin Rigali

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Joan of Arc, St. Louis, 1997-2000

Chaplain, St. Mary’s High School, 2000-10

Part-time associate pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Louis, 2000-03

Part-time associate pastor, St. Mary Magdalen, St. Louis, 2003-04

Part-time associate pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Louis, 2004-10

Associate pastor, St. Joseph, Manchester, 2010-11

Parochial administrator, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Louis, 2011-12

Pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Louis, 2012-15

Pastor, St. Simon the Apostle, south St. Louis County, 2015-present

About Father Modde: Father Modde has thoroughly enjoyed his diverse assignments over the past 25 years: full-time parish work as an associate pastor; teaching, coaching and mentoring at St. Mary’s High School; member of the board of directors for Microfinancing Partners in Africa, which strengthens microfinancing programs in Africa and empowers people living in poverty through access to services and education; and being a pastor and journeying with a parish community striving to build up the Kingdom of God here and now. “I am grateful for the many ways God has been present to me during these past 25 years through my family, my friends, and His people, the Body of Christ,” he said.

50TH ANNIVERSARY

Father John Deken

Birthplace: St. Louis

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

Ordination: May 20, 1972, at the Cathedral of Saint Louis by Cardinal John J. Carberry

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Casimir, north St. Louis County, 1972-75

Associate pastor, Christ the King, University City, 1975-80

Associate pastor, St. Patrick, University City, 1980-81

Pastor, Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve, 1997-2003

Pastor, Assumption, New Haven, and St. Paul, Berger, 2003-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Chaplain, U.S. Army, 1981-97

About Father Deken: Father Deken’s overseas tours with the Army included Korea, Egypt and two tours in Germany. He also served stateside in Texas, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Kentucky. Father Deken is a member of the American Legion, VFW and a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Father Michael Donald

Birthplace: St. Louis

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

Ordination: May 20, 1972, at the Cathedral of Saint Louis by Cardinal John J. Carberry

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Andrew, Lemay, 1972-76

Associate pastor, Most Holy Name, St. Louis, 1976-78

Associate pastor, Transfiguration, Florissant, 1978

Associate pastor, Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve, 1978-85

Associate pastor, St. Blaise, Maryland Heights, 1985-1991

Pastor, Sacred Heart, Crystal City, 1991-2004

Senior associate pastor, Assumption in Mattese, 2004-06

Parochial administrator, St. Clare, St. Clair, 2006-07

Senior associate pastor, St. Monica, Creve Coeur, 2007-19

Senior associate pastor, St. Joseph, Clayton, 2019-22

Retired priest in residence at St. Joseph, Clayton, 2022-present

About Father Donald: Father Donald served as dean of the Festus Deanery in the 1990s, as archdiocesan Scout chaplain from 1985-2008 and was an active member of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

Msgr. Norbert Ernst

Birthplace: St. Louis

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

Ordination: May 20, 1972, at the Cathedral of Saint Louis by Cardinal John J. Carberry

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, St. Angela Merici, Florissant, 1972-77

Associate pastor, Sts. John and James, Ferguson, 1977-82

Associate pastor, All Souls, Overland, 1982-88

Associate pastor, St. Peter, Kirkwood, 1988-91

Pastor, Our Lady Queen of Peace, House Springs, 1991-2004

Pastor, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Oakville, 2004-present

About Msgr. Ernst: Msgr. Ernst was appointed in 1997 as a priest consultor for the archdiocese for a five-year term. In 2003, he was named Chaplain of His Holiness by Pope John Paul II and was given the title monsignor. Msgr. Ernst also is a proud member of the Father Scheid Players since its inception in 1981.

Father Philip Krahman

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: St. Louis Preparatory Seminary-South, Cardinal Glennon College, Kenrick Seminary, Saint Louis University (master’s in pastoral health care)

Ordination: May 20, 1972, at the Cathedral of Saint Louis by Cardinal John J. Carberry

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, Good Shepherd, Ferguson, 1972-76

Associate pastor, St. Rose of Lima, DeSoto, 1976-78

Associate pastor, Transfiguration, Florissant, 1978-81

Associate pastor, All Saints, St. Peters, 1981-87

Associate pastor, St. Martin de Porres, Hazelwood, 1987-88

Chaplain, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, Creve Coeur, 1990-2008

Part-time associate pastor, Corpus Christi, Jennings, 1988-92

Part-time associate pastor, Little Flower, Richmond Heights, 1992-99

Part-time associate pastor, St. Monica, Creve Coeur, 1999-2000

Associate pastor, St. Richard, Creve Coeur, 2000-08

Associate pastor, Sacred Heart, Valley Park, 2008-09

Associate pastor, All Saints, St. Peters, 2009-11

Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Old Monroe, 2011-13

Appointed archbishop’s liaison to senior priests, 2014-present

About Father Krahman: Father Krahman attended Saint Louis University in the 1980s, where he studied pastoral heath care. Following that, he was a chaplain at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center (now Mercy St. Louis) for nearly 20 years. Father Krahman now serves as the archbishop’s liaison to senior priests.

Msgr. John Leykam

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: Our Lady of Lourdes, Saint Louis University High School, Saint Louis University, Cardinal Glennon College, Kenrick Seminary

Ordination: May 20, 1972, at the Cathedral of Saint Louis by Cardinal John J. Carberry

Service in the archdiocese: Associate pastor, Sacred Heart, Florissant, 1972-75

Part-time associate pastor, Annunciation, Webster Groves, 1975-82

Part-time co-director of field education/apostolic service, Cardinal Glennon College, 1975-90

Spiritual director, Cardinal Glennon College and Kenrick Seminary, 1976-2009

Associate pastor, Mary Queen of Peace, Webster Groves, 1982-90

Pastor, St. Kevin, St. Ann, 1991-2002

Pastor, Holy Trinity, St. Ann, 2002-09

Pastor, Annunziata, Ladue, 2009-present

About Msgr. Leykam: Msgr. Leykam served on the Priests’ Council, as member of the Priests’ Mutual Benefit Society, dean of the Northwest County Deanery and Southwest County Deanery, member of the College of Consultors for the archdiocese and member of the board of trustees at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. In 2003, he was named Chaplain of His Holiness by Pope John Paul II and given the title monsignor. In 2008, he was named Prelate of Honor by Pope Benedict XVI.

Father James Mitulski

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: Holy Family Seminary, St. Leonard College

Ordination: June 10, 1972, at St. Leonard College, Centerville, Ohio, by Archbishop Nicholas Elke

Service in the archdiocese:

Chaplain, St. Joseph Hospital, Kirkwood, 1975

Associate pastor, St. Bernadette, Lemay, 1976-78

Associate pastor, St. Sebastian, St. Louis, 1978

Teacher, Bishop DuBourg High School, St. Louis, 1978-88

Part-time associate pastor, St. Peter, Kirkwood, 1978-80

Part-time associate pastor, St. Gabriel, 1980-87

Part-time associate pastor, St. Michael, Shrewsbury, 1987-88

Director, Newman Center at Washington University Medical Schools, 1988-90

Pastor, St. David, Arnold, 1990-94

Part-time, St. Blaise, Maryland Heights, 1994-96

Senior associate pastor, St. Joseph, Manchester, 1996-97

Associate pastor, Resurrection, St. Louis, 1997

Associate pastor, All Saints, St. Peters, 1997-2002

Pastor, St. Joseph, Farmington, 2002-05

Pastor, St. Norbert, Florissant, 2005-21

Retirement, 2021-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Cuero, Texas, and St. Aloysius, Westhoff, Texas, 1975-76

About Father Mitulski: Father Mitulski was ordained as a priest with the Missionaries of the Holy Family. He began his priestly ministry as a vocation director and member of the Holy Family Seminary formation team. In 1979, he was incardinated into the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Father Mitulski also served as dean for the Northeast County Deanery.

60TH ANNIVERSARY

Msgr. Thomas Dempsey

Birthplace: St. Louis

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

Ordination: April 7, 1962, at the Cathedral of Saint Louis by Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter

Service in the archdiocese: Part-time religion teacher, Bishop DuBourg High School, 1962-63

Assistant pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Ferguson, 1962-63

Part-time assistant pastor, St. Monica, Creve Coeur, 1963-76

Teacher, Duchesne High School, St. Charles, 1963-81

Part-time associate pastor, St. Patrick, Wentzville, 1976

Associate pastor, St. Peter, St. Charles, 1976-81

Associate pastor, St. Dismas, Florissant, 1981

Pastor, Most Holy Trinity, St. Louis, 1981-86

Pastor, Assumption, Mattese, 1986-2001

Pastor, Holy Infant, Ballwin, 2001-11

Retirement, with residence at St. Joan of Arc, St. Louis, 2011-21

Retirement, with residence at Regina Cleri

About Msgr. Dempsey: While pastor of Assumption Parish, Msgr. Dempsey served several terms as dean of the Southeast County Deanery. In 1995, he was named Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II and given the title monsignor.

65TH ANNIVERSARY

Msgr. James Pieper

Birthplace: St. Louis

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

Ordination: April 6, 1957, at the Cathedral of Saint Louis by Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter

Service in the archdiocese: Assistant pastor, Immacolata, Richmond Heights, 1957-61

Appointed to work in the Archdiocesan Tribunal, 1961

Post-graduate work at the North American College, Rome, 1962

Part-time assistant pastor, St. Mary Magdalen, Brentwood, 1965-69

Part-time associate pastor, Most Precious Blood, St. Louis, 1969-80

Vicar for religious, 1970

Chaplain, Ursuline Academy, 1977-80

Pastor, St. Joan of Arc, St. Louis, 1980-89

Administrator, St. Clement of Rome, Des Peres, 1989

Pastor, St. Clement of Rome, Des Peres, 1990-2014

Retirement, 2014-present

About Msgr. Pieper: Msgr. Pieper was named Prelate of Honor by Pope Paul VI in 1977, and given the title monsignor. He also served in a variety of capacities in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, including with the Archdiocesan Tribunal, as a vicar for religious, a high school chaplain and as a dean.

Father David Wichlan

Birthplace: St. Louis

Education: Cathedral Latin School, St. Louis preparatory Seminary, Los Angeles College, Kenrick Seminary

Ordination: April 6, 1957, at the Cathedral of Saint Louis by Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter

Service in the archdiocese: Missionary Apostolate Plan in southern Missouri, 1957-58

Assistant pastor, Notre Dame, Wellston, 1958-62

Teacher, Bishop DuBourg High School, 1962-1973

Assistant pastor, St. Cecilia, St. Louis, 1962-70

Part-time associate pastor, Resurrection, St. Louis, 1970-73

Associate pastor, St. Blaise, Maryland Heights, 1973-74

Pastor, St. Philip Neri, St. Louis, 1974-75

Pastor, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Louis, 1975-78

Pastor, Assumption, Herculaneum, 1978-84

Pastor, Sacred Heart, Valley Park, 1984-88

Sabbatical to pursue theology studies, 1988

Senior priest in residence, Our Lady of Sorrows, 1989-90

Pastor, St. Rita, Vinita Park, 1990-2018

Retirement, 2018-present

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