Saint Louis: The Story of Catholic Evangelization of America’s Heartland
Volume One: From Canoe to Cathedral
Episode 52: Pastors’ Problems in Westphalia and the Synod of 1839

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Mary Ferdinand Benedict Ghislain Heilias de Huggeghem

Father Charles Nerinckx

Brieg, Switzerland

Father James Busschotts

Westphalia, Loose Creek, Rich Fountain, Taos in Missouri

Father Henry Meinkmann

Doctor Bernard Bruns

Latin Farmers

Ardua qui quaerit, rubros cur currit ad Indos; Wesphaliam veniat, ardua cuncta dabunt!

Why should one who covets hardships go to the dusty Indians? Come to Wesphalia. They’ll give him plenty of hardships.

Saint Joseph’s Church in Westphalia, Missouri

Synod of 1839

Cathedral Parish: 12,000 members with 352 baptisms, 18 conversions, 141 marriages and 87 funerals

Saint Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis, Missouri

Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Carondolet, Missouri

Saint Peter’s Parish in Kirkwood, Missouri

Saint Charles Borromeo in Saint Charles, Missouri

Saint Peter’s in Dardenne, Missouri

Saint Simon in Lincoln County, Missouri

Saint Francis of Assisi in Portage de Sioux, Missouri

Saint Joachim in Old Mines, Missouri

Saint Stephen’s in Richwoods, Missouri

Saint James the Greater in Potosi, Missouri

Saint Michael in Fredericktown, Missouri

Sainte Genevieve in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri

Sainte Anne in Saint François County, Missouri

Saint Mary’s in the Barrens in Perryville, Missouri

Saint Joseph’s in Apple Creek, Missouri

Saint John the Baptist in New Madrid, Missouri

Saint Vincent in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Saint Francis de Sales in Scott County, Missouri

Saint Paul’s on the Salt River in Center, Missouri

Saint Stephen’s in Monroe County, Missouri

Saint Joseph’s in Westphalia, Missouri

Saint Francis Borgia in Washington, Missouri

Cahokia, Illinois

Saint Philips in French Village, Illinois

Saint Thadaeus in Silver Creek, Illinois

Saint Boniface in Germantown, Illinois

Saint Liborius at Saint Libory, Illinois

Saint Andrews in Teutonia, Illinois

Immaculate Conception in Kaskaskia, Illinois

Post Arkansas, Arkansas

New Gascony, Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas

Napoleonville, Louisiana