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History of St. Francis Xavier Parish

MISSION STATEMENT

"As a community of Faith of St. Francis Xavier Parish we see ourselves as followers of Christ with a long tradition of Prayer, Service, and Christian Lifestyle. As a sacramental people, under the leadership of the Pope, we are called to be a sign to the broader community of the love of Jesus - growing and sharing Christ Light with them."

About our Logo

  • Triangles remind us of the trinity
  • The white space between the triangles makes an "X" for Xavier
  • The 4 triangles form a somewhat abstract cross
  • The icons represent Jesus/Christianity, The Precious Blood of Christ, His (our) mother Mary, and the Eucharist (Body of christ)
  • The "crown" on the top represents the Kingship of God, and his reign in Heaven/Earth
    The arrow on the bottom represents the gifts that God sent to Earth (Mary/Jesus/Eucharists) to help us to get to Heaven

1885 - Father Joseph Connolly, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in New Madrid came once a month for Mass in the home of Frank Heisler or Mrs. C.H. Harris

1887 - A small chapel was constructed on the corner of S. Kingshighway and Trotter Street. A tornado destroyed the almost finished building so homes were again used for Masses with priests from Poplar Bluff and Charleston coming in a monthly basis.

1891 - A small vacant church located on the corner of Front and Stoddard Street was purchased from the Methodist Congregation.

1892 - The church was dedicated to St. Francis Xavier by Archbishop Kain.

1905 - Father Conrad Brockmeier, the first resident pastor, arrived. A Rectory was built by Frank Heisler.

1921 - St. Francis Xavier School was opened with 3 Sisters of Mercy and 50 students.

1930 - The Smith House was purchased for a school and convent. This is the present day Rectory.

1938 - The present brick church was built.

1951 - A new school and convent were constructed next to the Church.

1956 - We became part of newly established Springfield - Cape Girardeau Diocese

1970 - The Parish School Closed.

1987 - St. Francis Xavier School reopened

1991 - The Parish center was constructed.

2006 - School enrollment is 174 students with 17 lay teachers. The Parish consist of 575 families or approximately 1358 individuals.

Historian - M.A. Maevers