Saturday, April 29, 2006

New Parish in Saint Charles County, Missouri

Archbishop Burke has announced the creation of a new parish in Saint Charles County, Missouri.

The new Saint Gianna parish will have Father Timothy Elliot as pastor. St. Gianna Beretta of Italy was a physician and mother, dying in 1962, and canonized in 2004. 'Gianna' roughly translates to English as 'Joanie'. This is her first church in the United States.

The approximate boundary of the new parish. Click on the map to make it larger. This area is south of the interchange between Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 40 at the towns of Lake Saint Louis and Wentzville, Missouri. The parish is in an unincorporated area but has a Wentzville address.

See these articles:

New parish bears modern saint’s name (from St. Louis Review Online)
St. Gianna Beretta Molla: Wife, mother and physician
Formal decrees on new St. Charles parish (from AMDG)
New parish reflects population shifts (from STLtoday)

The new church will be about forty highway miles west of downtown Saint Louis, and is in the old mission territory of Saint Charles County, north of the Missouri River, which was once the home of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, and now has her tomb and principal shrine. It was also the final home of frontiersman Daniel Boone. Saint Charles County, named after Saint Charles Borromeo, is fast-growing and is approximately 28% Catholic. Last I've heard, there are plans for two more new parishes in the county. This new parish is expected to have approximately 1400 families within five years; the existing parish territories from which it was created are also growing quickly.

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