father thomas santen

A diverse past, present and future

Mariachi musician Fabian Pena, of the group Mariachi Juvenil Guadalupano, received the Precious Blood during the weekly Spanish language Mass at St. Joseph Parish in Manchester June 29. The group participated in the Mass while visiting St. Louis from Monterrey, Mexico.
Photo by Sid Hastings

St. Joseph Parish of Manchester started as a small pioneer outpost in the first half of the 1800s, a mission called St. Malachy at which the pastor from St. Peter Parish in Kirkwood held Mass for Irish Catholics who had migrated into the area to build the railroads.

Then, in 1865, after an influx of German immigrants, a parish was constituted and St. Joseph was born, near the crossroads of two dirt trails -- now Woods Mill and Manchester roads -- about 25 miles from the Cathedral by the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

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