Meet Our Staff
Father Nicholas W. Smith
Father Smith serves as the Director of the Office of Sacred Worship. Father Smith graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, Saint Louis University (SLU), and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. His Masters degree from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary focused on liturgy. Father Smith is a PhD(c) at SLU and is completing his dissertation focusing upon Catholic military chaplains in the Iraq War. Ordained a priest in 1994 for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Father Smith taught at Saint Mary’s and Rosati-Kain high schools; he has been on the faculty of SLU since 1996. Since 2016, Father Smith has taught Graduate Writing and Literature at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and Liturgy and Sacraments for the Permanent Deaconate Program. In 2019, he has appointed as the rector of Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral). His dedication and passion for the liturgy encourage all those he works with to grow in their faith and knowledge of the liturgy.
Maggie Dapron, Office Coordinator
Maggie stepped into the role of Office Coordinator in 2023. She graduated in 2023 with her B.A. in Business Administration and Management. She began serving the Church in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois where she lived with her family at the time. In July of 2023, she married her high school sweetheart, and moved to St. Louis, where she began as Office Coordinator for the Office of Sacred Worship. Maggie enjoys basking in the depths of the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic Church and diving deep into liturgical theology. She also loves to cook, bake, explore the outdoors, and spend time with friends and family.
Andrew J. Kreigh, Director of Sacred Music
Andrew Kreigh, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, serves as the Director of Sacred Music for the Archdiocese and Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Under Andrew's direction are the Archdiocesan Choir, Cathedral Choir, and the Cathedral Schola Cantorum. Prior to his tenure in Saint Louis Andrew served as Director of Sacred Music for the Diocese of Madison and as Director of Liturgy and Sacred Music for Saint Bernard and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Churches in Madison. Andrew holds his master's degree in organ performance from the University of Iowa where he studied under the instruction of Dr. Gregory Hand. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Business and piano performance from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where he studied with Dr. Eli Kalman. Prior to his masters studies Andrew served as assistant organist with Dr. Ezequiel Menendez at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut. After nearly two years Andrew returned back to his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. During this time, he was an active organist for the Diocese of Madison and cathedral parish in Madison under the direction of Dr. Pat Gorman as well as the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Milwaukee under Mr. Michael Batcho. In addition to his work in sacred music and performing schedule Andrew has overseen multiple organ projects and installations including the renovation of the organ at his home parish Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Monona, Wisconsin, the re-voicing, restoration, and installation of a 35-rank Wicks organ at Saint Matthew Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is currently overseeing the ongoing project of installing two E.M. Skinner organs in Saint Bernard Catholic Church. He can be reached at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis at 314.373.8228.
Joe Milner, Office of Christian Initiation, Director
Joseph Milner serves as the Director of Christian Initiation for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He has been active in Christian Initiation ministry for over 40 years. He oversees the Rite of Election with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and provides workshops and trainings for parish RCIA Coordinators. He also serves as a Pastoral Associate at St. Francis Xavier College Church. He supports the Office of Sacred Worship in presenting in other ministries as well, including lector training, and composing of Universal Prayers. Joe has a heart for the liturgy and we are blessed to have him as part of the team. You can contact Joe Milner in our office on Wednesdays at 314.792.7235 or at [email protected].
Grace Borek, Administrative Assistance
Grace is the newest addition to the Office of Sacred Worship. She graduated from Webster University with a BA in Criminology and a minor in Spanish, and has spent the past year working as a Missouri Probation and Parole Officer. She works part-time for our office assisting in some of the administrative duties so we are better able to serve our parishes and faithful with all of your liturgical needs.